Essential oils are about smell, aren’t they? Natural healing aromas from Mother Earth. Sure they can help you relax, sleep better, feel less nauseous, boost your mood. But that’s not “beauty” – I want to LOOK good as well as feel good and be well. That’s mostly how the masses think about essential oils – a fragrant add-on to the way we feel and experience health, but not relevant to beauty or looks. Actually, that thinking is quite wrong.
Did you know essential oils work and have therapeutic benefit even when you can’t smell them? A 2009 study on rose oil deprived subjects of their sense of smell and applied the essential oil directly to the skin only. Even without all the gorgeous memories and associations with the divine smell of blooming summer roses, the measured relaxation effect on the test group (as opposed to the clinical control group) was significant. (1)
So, essential oils are not really about smell per se at all, and effective even when we’re not blissing out on their magnificent natural aromas. What are those benefits and how do they contribute to beauty and the way I look?
Essential oils trigger parts of the brain and limbic system that contribute to relaxation, better sleep, improved mood, better blood circulation, improved immune response and optimal hormonal function. Better sleep equals less sags and bags and optimal production of human growth hormone for cell repair and healthy new skin. Improved mood means less frown lines and sags around the mouth, and more smile lines (which are gorgeous!). Better blood flow means better waste removal, better detox and improved oxygenation of the tissue cells and skin, which helps to give that hard-to-define “radiant glow” that truly beautiful people have. Reduced stress and improved relaxation leads to an overall letting go in the body, face, jaw and shoulders, which leads to softer muscles and better movement of blood. Improved hormonal function directly leads to less blemishes, better mood, more smiles and yes, even more love-making (and that makes everyone look and feel more beautiful too!). And improved immune response keeps us well – we all know that looking and feeling sick does NOT make us beautiful.
Think for a moment of the most aggressive, stressed out, sleep deprived person you know: all frown lines, pursed lips, locked jaw and tight. Not beautiful. When the myriad of tiny muscles of the face are contracted through stress, worry or anger, the skin pulls differently and blood flow is constricted, which in turn impedes natural skin detox and leads to blemishes, pallor and a loss of skin elasticity. Consider that prolonged stress makes it harder to sleep and, in time, will make us sick.
Using essential oils as part of your daily health and body care routine contributes to the way you feel, look and to your natural beauty. You don’t have to sit hovering next to an oil vaporizer to achieve this – I mean, who has time for that? You can use natural body oils blended with essential oils as part of your daily after-shower or before-bed routine – gorgeous silky smooth skin as well as an essential oil health treatment. You can spritz on essential oils in natural sprays during the day or just whenever you need a “boost”. You can plan for a hot herbal ball treatment after a great massage – as the hot herbs release their healing benefits to your muscles through the essential oils they release, your whole being will respond. You could even simply add a few drops of essential oil to a handkerchief and put in your clothes drawer or cupboard – that way even hurrying to dress for work is taking care of yourself.
Be aware that products containing essential oils must contain ONLY essential oils and not additional synthetic substances or fragrances – these synthetic additives are incredibly harmful to your health (read Essential Oil + Fragrance = Something Stinks! to understand this issue better).
Celebrate the magnificent essential oils Mother Earth has blessed us with and indulge yourself daily for not only better health, but for a soft, radiant, natural beauty that shines like nothing you can ever buy in a bottle.
1Hongratanaworakit, T. Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans. Natural Product Communications, 4(2), 291-6.