I think you’ll agree with me when I say there’s a lot of silly nonsense out there in the world of pills, potions and lotions.
But, just because some of them are completely stupid, does that mean we should automatically reject ideas that may be different to what we’ve done or considered before?
If you’ve been on DietRebel long enough you’ll probably know what a skeptic I am!
Ask me about weight loss shakes, skin tightening lotions, appetite pills, and most diets – my answer is always an extremely big NO, you just don’t need it!!
But, in this article today, I’m going to reveal the products I’ve been using lately, that may surprise you.
A Cautious Journey
When I initially started hearing about the benefits of essential oils, I was indeed very very very suspicious!
To me, an essential oil was some kind of hippie liquid in a bottle that you might use in an oil burner, or maybe for a massage.
What I didn’t know, however, was that there’s a lot more to them than just their aroma.
I will be completely honest with you and say, that I am still a little timid to admit to using essential oils.
Not because I don’t think essentials oils work, but because of the exaggerated claims people make regarding them – it makes me crazy!
We all know, however, that there are extremists in every camp, whether it’s dieting, or fitness, or religion.
Normally we don’t let the extremists put us off in other areas, and it shouldn’t be any different when you give some time over to considering what essential oils can do for you and your family.
Why I Started Using Essential Oils
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had at least one essential oil in your bathroom cabinet at some time or another.
In my house, it was always tea tree oil for problem skin.
But, that is really the only oil I have ever used consistently, and I certainly never spent a lot of money on essential oils, or considered more throughly what the best essential oils for skin might be.
My journey into essentials oils took a massive about turn about three months ago, however, when I purchased frankincense oil from our local farmers market.
You see, since moving to Canada I’ve been suffering with extremely bad acne breakouts.
I don’t know if it was the complete change of diet, or the stress of our move, or even the change in skincare products that comes with moving country.
Perhaps it was a combination of all of these, or something completely different, I really don’t know.
But, all I can tell you is that my skin has been the worst it’s ever been since this move.
At 34 years of age I expected to be completely through with problem skin, but it seemed my skin problems were only beginning!
As a result, about 6 months ago I started paring back my skincare regimen, cutting out all harsh cleansing products; I even stopped using commercial moisturizers.
Instead, I began using only natural products to cleanse and moisturize.
These changes did help a little, however my skin was still flaring up at least once each month without fail.
I stumbled across some articles about frankincense essential oil, claiming it was a cure for literally everything — cue my skeptical brain again!
And yet, some of the claims about it being anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helping to fade old scars made me think it was definitely something I needed to try.
(Check out this review for some scientific data on essential oils).
When I randomly found some in my local farmers market a short while after I thought it was worth giving a go.
And, despite the initial sting of the cost, I’m so very glad I made the sacrifice now.
Essential Oil Benefits
Fast forward to now, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to have found this wonderful oil – frankincense oil has truly improved my skin in so many ways.
In fact, about a month ago, my skin was looking so good I mistakenly thought it would be okay for me to eat some (cheap) chocolate – something I had been avoiding for months to help with the breakouts.
I found out the hard way, however, that what goes into my body is also super important, and chocolate is just something I personally need to continue to avoid.
Even frankincense oil can’t help if my diet isn’t on point.
Lesson well and truly learned!!
1. Improves Breakouts
The only breakouts I get now are a few (hormonal) spots here and there each month (as long as I don’t eat chocolate), however they are nothing in comparison to what I had been experiencing.
And, they clear up in a couple of days when I apply the oil to them, rather than taking weeks to disappear.
This is a major improvement, and I am still in awe of how effective frankincense oil has been for me.
Also, where we live Canada, the atmosphere is extremely dry, and now that I’ve started using this oil my skin feels super moisturized, too.
My commercial moisturizer just wasn’t cutting it prior to this, so this has been a massive bonus, too.
2. Stops Itching
Another unexpected benefit for our family has been frankincense oil’s ability to stop the itch from mosquito bites.
I discovered this totally by accident.
After getting some bites, I thought I’d apply some frankincense oil to see if it would speed up the healing process. What I discovered was that the oil actually takes the annoying itch away for hours.
My two girls now come and ask me to apply the oil when they get bites because it is so effective.
Actually, my eldest hates the smell, yet she will still ask for the oil since it works so well!
For me, this is a fantastic result, because I didn’t need to use anything toxic on my skin or my children’s.
We’ve since discovered that lavender essential oil is also effective for mosquito bites.
3. Perfect For Toxin-Free Cleaning
I also get contact eczema, and so, have to be super careful when using cleaning products.
I’ve tried using white vinegar from time to time, and while it works great, I really don’t like the smell. So, I’m now using essential oils as a natural way to clean my home, without the harsh chemicals.
And, I just love how they can be used by my whole family safely — great for kids chores, right??!
And, they smell really great, too.
No doubt there are many other essential oil benefits, but for now I just wanted to share my own personal experience with you up to this point, and how these oils have really helped our family in a few short months of using them.
As a family, we are committed to living a healthier, toxin-free life as much as possible, so for us, essential oils just make sense, and I can see we will use them over and over again.
Before I go any further, I want to share with you briefly what I am currently doing for healthy, spot free skin…
The Best Essential Oils For Skin
- I try to use mostly natural products on my skin. The only exception is my foundation and concealer, but I have literally been using the same brand for 15 years, so I’m sticking with that for now.
- Cleanse with a natural product, like goats milk soap and water, morning and night.
- Gentle face scrub once a week, using equal quantities of baking soda and coconut oil.
- My homemade moisturizer right now is coconut oil and a mixture of frankincense and lavender essential oil.
- As a side note, you should always, always dilute essential oils with a base oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil… never apply directly to your skin.
- And, avoid chocolate at all costs!!
Essential Oils: My Reservations
With all that said, I don’t want you to think I’ve thrown all caution to the wind and am running with this without a doubt!
I still have some reservations, namely…
1. Too “Salesy”
I am actually the worst sales person, which is a bit of a problem since I have my own weight loss program!!
So, when I see people out there promoting essential oils, making all sorts of unfounded claims regarding their benefits, it does make me doubt the strategies used.
While this did put me off initially, I realized the fault wasn’t necessarily with the MLM companies selling essential oils, it was more to do with some individuals promoting the oils.
In essence, I don’t need to follow their business model to recommend or share these oils, I can do it completely my own way, and that’s what I intend to do.
2. Spiritual Influence
The other massive frustration I have with sharing essential oils with others, is in actually finding a company I can wholeheartedly support from a Christian perspective.
You see, in the blurb describing many of the individual oils, they often use terms relating to meditation and yoga, or phrases like “elevation of the senses,” or “brings a deeper sense of spirituality” etc.
From a Christian perspective, I do not believe that essential oils take our “spiritual journey to a higher level.” This has at its roots a belief system I just do not believe in.
As a result, finding an essential oil company that I could agree with from that point of view has been difficult.
On the other side of the coin, there are a lot of Christians out there pitching essentials oils as being from God, referencing some 200+ verses in the Bible that mention the use of oils and fragrant incense.
I’m not denying these references, but I strongly dislike it when Christians try to sell something based on what the Bible has said on the matter.
I feel the same way about the “Makers Diet,” “Daniel’s Diet,” or “The Eden Diet,” etc.
I believe God wants us to look after the body He has given us, yes, but don’t use the Bible or God as a way to appeal to a certain market of people.
3. Exaggerated Claims
Another very real problem I have with essential oils is the exaggeration of their effects, because let’s face it, exaggeration sells!
Do a search online and you will find any number of websites making extraordinary health claims about the benefits of essential oils.
Anything from bronchitis, to heart palpitations, to cancer can be cured, apparently.
You’ll also hear a lot of fanciful claims that don’t even make sense – claims that the oils can help, “restore your body’s natural energy balance,” for example.
I’m not even sure what that means, to be honest!?
So, Should We Avoid Essential Oils As A Result?
That would be like saying you can’t follow a certain diet plan because of all the other false and misleading diets out there.
But, I do wish people would throw in a dose of honesty now and then, and stop trying to mislead the sick and suffering in a way that is at the very least unethical, if not criminal.
So, while I am absolutely in love with my essential oils, and what they are doing for our family, what you can expect from me on this topic is a great big helping of let’s get real, and some here’s what actually works – minus the fluff!
I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and find out more about the true benefits of essential oils in the coming days.
I’d also really love to hear from you… have you ever tried using essential oils? What are the best essential oils for skin in your opinion?