Ben­e­fits of es­sen­tial oils for hair, skin, and over­all well­be­ing

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

Did you know that es­sen­tial oils like laven­der and ylang-ylang are highly ef­fec­tive in mois­tur­is­ing and treat­ing a dry scalp, a peren­nial win­ter nui­sance? Es­sen­tial oils go a long way in treat­ing com­mon prob­lems that have us hound­ing con­ve­nience stores for syn­thetic prod­ucts. Ex­perts sug­gest ditch­ing chem­i­calladen prod­ucts in favour of es­sen­tial oils, which are full of an­tiox­i­dants and vi­ta­mins. Check out these ben­e­fits that es­sen­tial oils have to of­fer:

■ Laven­der es­sen­tial oil:

THE AS­TRIN­GENT PROP­ER­TIES OF ROSE­MARY ES­SEN­TIAL OIL CLEANSE, HY­DRATE, AND RE­JU­VE­NATE YOUR SKIN, MAK­ING IT FIRM AND GOR­GEOUS

Known for its calm­ing ef­fect, it is suit­able for all skin types. Its anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties fight acne and in­flam­ma­tion. It re­lieves itch­ing and ir­ri­ta­tion, light­ens scars and marks, soothes in­sect bites. It also boosts blood cir­cu­la­tion, thus strength­en­ing hair roots, and helps get rid of dry scalp and split ends.

■ Ylang ylang es­sen­tial oil: This is great for treat­ing oily or acne-prone skin, along with stim­u­lat­ing cell growth to fight the ef­fects of ageing. It helps in re­gen­er­a­tion of skin cells, smoothen­ing of fine lines and im­prov­ing skin elas­tic­ity. It works well in re­ju­ve­nat­ing dry scalp, con­trol­ling hair fall, strength­en­ing hair roots, bal­anc­ing se­bum se­cre­tion and boost­ing hair growth.

■ Eu­ca­lyp­tus oil: This es­sen­tial oil is great to soothe in­flamed or sore skin and give re­lief from in­sect bites.

■ Tea tree es­sen­tial oil: This oil has an­ti­fun­gal and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties. It helps ward off acne-caus­ing bac­te­ria and light­ens blem­ishes, pim­ples and makes the skin soft, sup­ple and glow­ing. It also helps in cleans­ing clogged hair fol­li­cles.

■ Rose­mary es­sen­tial oil: The as­trin­gent prop­er­ties of rose­mary es­sen­tial oil cleanse, hy­drate and re­ju­ve­nate your skin, thus mak­ing it firm and gor­geous. It helps with re­duc­ing wrin­kles and eye bags; dam­aged skin, light­ens scars. It also stim­u­lates hair fol­li­cles and makes them strong, healthy and long. Pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil: The re­fresh­ing smell of pep­per­mint has a quintessen­tially fresh­en­ing qual­ity to it. It is used as a mas­sage oil for aching mus­cles. Pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil works to ex­fo­li­ate and brighten dull skin, con­trols ex­cess oil se­cre­tion, and cleanses pores. It helps with its as­trin­gent prop­er­ties and has a very sooth­ing and re­fresh­ing aroma. This es­sen­tial oil helps con­trol se­bum se­cre­tion and cools your scalp. It mois­turises, helps in hy­drat­ing, and con­di­tion­ing a dry scalp for beau­ti­ful hair and prob­lem­free scalp. It pre­vents scalp itch­ing, as well. Lemon­grass es­sen­tial oil: It works great for ton­ing the skin and fights body odour. It has an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties, and helps clear tox­ins from the body. It pro­vides deep hydration, fight­ing acne, in­flam­ma­tion, and other forms of skin ir­ri­ta­tion. Frank­in­cense es­sen­tial oil: This is very help­ful for re­gen­er­at­ing cells, skintight­en­ing, and re­duc­ing mi­cro-wrin­kles.

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Young woman hav­ing an ayurvedic shi­rod­hara treat­ment.

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