Ex­otic Oils Six sooth­ing, heal­ing oils for skin.

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Turner

They’re lush in tex­ture, fra­grant in scent, and loaded with heal­ing com­pounds. Oils from around the world can soothe, heal, and mois­tur­ize hair, skin, and nails, fast. Ben­e­fits: straight oils usu­ally con­tain only one or two in­gre­di­ents, so they’re sim­ple for sen­si­tive skin, and highly ver­sa­tile: add to baths or mas­sage oils, mix a few drops into mois­tur­izer, or use as is. And they’re highly con­cen­trated, so you need only a small amount. Six to try:

. Ar­gan oil. Pressed from the nut of the ar­gan tree and na­tive to Morocco, this rich, heal­ing oil has been used for hun­dreds of years to smooth skin, heal wounds, and soothe rashes, and to treat hair and scalp con­di­tions like fol­li­culi­tis, pso­ri­a­sis, and dan­dru . It’s es­pe­cially nour­ish­ing for hair, and helps treat split ends, tame frizzy locks, and soothe ir­ri­tated hair fol­li­cles. Use it—to make hair soft and lus­trous: place a few drops in your palms, rub hands to­gether, and smooth over clean hair to add shine and man­age­abil­ity; mas­sage a few drops into scalp to ght dan­dru and ir­ri­tated scalp; mas­sage a lib­eral amount into dry hair, wrap hair in a towel, and leave in for at least two hours be­fore sham­poo­ing. . Monoi oil. Made by soak­ing Tahi­tian gar­de­nias in co­conut oil, this lush, fra­grant oil has been used for hun­dreds of years by French Poly­ne­sians; con­sid­ered a sa­cred oil, it was tra­di­tion­ally used by priests in puri cation rit­u­als and to anoint new­born ba­bies. Be­cause the base is co­conut oil, monoi oil is deeply mois­tur­iz­ing, has anti-in am­ma­tory prop­er­ties, and con­tains lau­ric acid and other fatty acids that soften and soothe skin, and strengthen hair and nails. Use it—to soften and mois­tur­ize skin and nails: rub a few drops of monoi oil into cu­ti­cles; add to a warm bath, or mas­sage into still-damp skin af­ter show­er­ing; smooth over face and neck af­ter cleans­ing.

Life-f lo Nat­u­ral Living Monoi Oil

Acure Moroc­can Ar­gan Oil

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