As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed quite the fixation with different types of oils for cooking, aromatherapy, beauty aides, and alternative medicine.
So, I just wanted to take the time out to highlight some of my favorite oils and how I’ve found them helpful in my daily needs.
Coconut Oil: Organic, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed, Extra Virgin
- The BEST natural body moisturizer I’ve come across. Slather this anywhere on your body and you’ll be amazed by how soft and supple your skin will be by the next day. Tip: If you have really dry feet, Try This: Rub coconut oil all over your feet, slip on some socks, and get some rest. You’ll thank me in the morning. 🙂
- Dry hair? No problem. Apply this oil throughout the hair to give it some added moisture.
- Some people swear that taking 1-2 tablespoons a day of coconut oil helps with weight loss. I can’t attest to those claims, but it is yummy when used to cook up some scrambled eggs. Delish!
- Believe it or not, I sometimes use this on my face as a moisturizer and it does a great job of getting rid of dry patches and making the face more supple. However, I only recommend doing this for people with dry skin.
Castor Oil: The Palma Christi (Palm of Christ)
- I have grown to love this oil. It’s great as an overnight spot treatment on pimples/acne. This oil is too thick to place all over the face, so I don’t recommend it.
- Great for dry hands and feet.
- If you’re having trouble in the bathroom area(constipation), this is your go-to oil. It’ll clear that right up!
- Castor Oil packs have been used for various issues such as inflammation, congestion, constipation, and liver, kidney, and pelvic disorders.
- I don’t have this one confirmed yet, but it supposedly helps with the appearance of cellulite. I’m going to try this one out and let you know my results.
Olive Oil: Any type
- This is my go-to oil for most of my cooking needs, unless I’m frying.
- This is a good oil for body moisturizing, but I prefer coconut oil for my beauty needs over olive oil.
- Many claim that it’s great in your hair. I tried this once and well, never again! Ok, maybe further experiments are needed, but I was not impressed.
Lavender Oil: 100% Pure Essential Oil
- Great for healing my acne bumps and scars.
- The anti-bacterial properties also help with any cuts and scrapes, including cat scratches (cat owners can relate!)
- A few drops on my pillow case help me to finally doze off to sleep when my insomnia starts kicking in.
- Always great to use in an oil diffuser as a room deodorizer.
- Mix this with Eucalyptus oil in warm/hot water for a relaxing bath.
Peppermint Oil: 100% Pure Essential Oil
- If you’re sick, this oil will surely give your sinuses some temporary relief and make it easier to breathe again. However, putting this oil in a bath will give you an extreme cooling effect in all areas including your nether regions, so be forewarned.
- Another good choice to scent the room in an oil diffuser. However, the minty smell makes my cat go off-the-wall bonkers!
Clove Oil: 100% Pure Essential Oil
- Believe it or not, this oil is stronger than lavender oil with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This oil can zap away a zit overnight. Warning: It can sting a little, so you may want to mix it with a carrier oil like olive oil before applying to the skin.
- I haven’t tried this, but apparently it’s great to use with your toothpaste/mouthwash for dental care.
Eucalyptus Oil: 100% Pure Essential Oil
- This goes well with lavender oil as a calming and soothing bath oil.
- This is another good choice for a room deodorizer.
Citrus-Scented Oils (Orange, Lemon, and Lime): 100% Pure Essential Oil
- I only use these oils to get rid of any unpleasant smells that may pop up within my apartment. I have citrus oils to be great as a room deodorizer.
- Certain citrus oil brands you can use for baking needs (pies, cakes, etc.) to boost flavor.
I do own and use a lot more oils, but these are my main staples. I’m always looking to experiment and add to my collection, so if you have any other good suggestions/recommendations please forward it my way!0