Healthy and Beauty – The Benefits of Natural Oils

January 31, 2020

Why should you try natural oils?
They’re touted as an alternative for conditioning hair, moisturizing skin, fighting acne and strengthening nails. Stroll through the beauty aisles of drugstores and you’ll find them in many products. Do they work? You may need to experiment. Everyone’s skin is different and it comes down to trial and error.

Made from the fruit of the Marula tree, native to South Africa, this oil is rich and moisturizing. It’s rich in fatty acids and dermatologists say it soothes dry skin. It absorbs quickly and won’t leave your skin shiny or greasy.

Camellia sinensis
Red, inflamed ulcers occur when bacteria are trapped inside your pores. Studies have shown that tea tree oil helps destroy this bacteria. In one trial, it beat a placebo gel (without the active ingredient) in treating acne and calming inflammation. Another study found it to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne remedies.

Sometimes referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil is rich in antioxidants, called polyphenols, that fight the effects of aging. Dermatologists also say that its omega-3 fatty acids promote collagen growth, plumping up your skin. Whether you have dry, oily or normal skin type.

It also conditions your hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. You can still use your other hair care products, too.

Chamomile and peppermint
You may think of chamomile as a relaxing tea, but the oil from this chamomile-like plant can also calm your skin. Skin experts say it’s an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic that cuts down on redness, irritation, and infection. Peppermint oil has the same soothing properties as well.

Dry, cracked skin is more susceptible to infection, irritation, and allergic reactions. Coconut oil protects and moisturizes it and soothes the scaly, rough patches that appear along with common conditions like eczema.

Rosehip and carrots.
You’ll find vitamin A in many skin care products. it’s a “retinoid,” a chemical that helps replace old skin cells with new ones and makes collagen, which can ease color changes from scars and stretch marks. Two oils that are particularly rich in vitamin A: rosehip seeds and carrots. Some dermatologists say they’re also great as an acne and anti-aging treatment. You only need to use a dash at night.

Rosemary and Castor.
Want to plump up your ponytail? Does your scalp stand out more than ever? Rosemary oil may help you get a thicker, shinier mane. In one study, the 6-month treatment was as effective as 2% minoxidil on androgenetic alopecia (a common form of hair loss in men and women). And it’s unlikely to cause an itchy scalp.

Castor oil is another home remedy that is said to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. Before you try it, ask your doctor if it’s safe, because it gets close to your eyes. The jury is still out on whether it actually works.

Olives and avocados
Have thin or brittle nails? For a simple, all-natural solution, lightly dab olive or avocado oil on them before bed. These oils will soak in overnight and nourish the fatty acids that are good for you. You can do this with other types of oils as well.

sesame seeds
Can you use oil instead of mouthwash? It’s trendy, but oil pulling, or rinsing your mouth with oil, has been a remedy for healthy teeth and gums for generations. Research suggests it may help. Recent international studies have found that brushing your teeth with sesame oil (coconut and sunflower oil also work) can reduce plaque and gingivitis. It may also wash away microorganisms that cause bad breath.