Aloe Vera Acne Gel

There’s nothing worse than those pesky pimples that won’t seem to go away. Finding the perfect acne treatment can be difficult, especially when everything out there seems to do more harm than good with the harsh chemicals involved. This aloe vera acne gel is really easy to make with the oils you have on hand, and it does wonders for your face! The aloe vera acts as a moisturizer, and the witch hazel serves as an astringent, tightening your skin and leaving it super soft.

Aloe Vera Acne Gel

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 7 Tbsp. (110 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the 4 oz. jar, and use a spoon to combine the mixture thoroughly.
  2. Wash your face as you normally would.
  3. Place a hot wet washcloth over your face for a few minutes to allow your pores to open up so that the gel can clean from the inside out.
  4. Gently rub the gel over your face, and let it soak into your skin.
  5. If desired, you can follow up with a facial moisturizer.

This gel can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Before using this gel on your face, make sure to do a skin patch test on your inner forearm to ensure that the gel does not cause any adverse reactions. If this does happen, you may want to omit the cinnamon oil and try again.

Coconut Oil Face Masks

Sometimes all we need is a relaxing face mask to clear our pores, hydrate our skin, and clear up any acne we have. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, as well as an excellent moisturizer. We’ve created these 3 different masks for you to try out depending on your specific needs. Be careful to keep them out of your eyes, as the essential oils may cause some irritation. Try them all out and pick a favorite!

Acne Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil
  • 1 drop juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Clean the makeup off your face, and drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent getting the mask on your clothes.
  4. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow it to sit for 15–20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Cleansing & Brightening Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) baking soda
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil and baking soda in a small bowl, forming a thick paste.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  4. Gently apply the mask to your face and neck.
  5. Leave the mask on for 15–20 minutes for the best results, and rinse with warm water.

Hydrating Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Using a food processor or a fork, mash the banana until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut oil and essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Wash any makeup off your face, and pat dry with a towel.
  4. Drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  5. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow the mask to sit for 10–15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Skin Clarity Roll-On

This roll-on blend is great for your skin! It cleans the pores while softening the skin. Melaleuca essential oil is great for dermatitis, eczema, and cleansing. Lavender oil is good for dry and sensitive skin, rashes, and stress. Juniper berry is great for acne and dermatitis or eczema. Combined, these oils make up a great remedy for all your facial needs!

Skin Clarity Roll-On

  • Servings: Yield=2 tsp. (10 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Drop the essential oils into the roll-on bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil. We suggest fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. To use, roll on the face and neck after removing your makeup for the night. Use your hands to lightly massage into the skin if necessary. You can also apply this blend to treat individual blemishes rather than the entire face, if desired.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Neroli

Neroli (Citrus aurantium) essential oil is extracted from flowers of the bitter orange tree. Its scent is somewhat floral with citrus undertones. It smells sweet, delicate, and slightly bitter at the same time.

The orange flower was named after the princess Anne-Marie, countess of Neroli, who used it to perfume her bath water. It is now considered one of the finest perfumery ingredients and is particularly important in eau-de-cologne toilet water. The flowers were once popularly used in bridal bouquets to symbolize innocence and fertility.

Some properties of this oil include antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, deodorant, sedative, and tonic.

Historically, neroli has been regarded by the Egyptian people for its great attributes of healing the mind, body, and spirit. It brings everything into the focus of one and at the moment.

Today, neroli essential oil is commonly used for anxiety, emotional balance, relaxing, sensitive skin, and stress. It may also support the digestive system and may help inhibit bacterial infections, parasites, and viruses. Other possible uses include insomnia, menopause, PMS, stress-related conditions, and skin conditions.

The body systems affected by neroli essential oil include the digestive system and skin.

Applications of Neroli Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Neroli essential oil can be used neat (with no dilution). Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of neroli has some powerfully soothing psychological effects. It is calming and relaxing to the body and spirit. It may also help to strengthen and stabilize the emotions and bring relief to seemingly hopeless situations. It encourages confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.
Internal Application: Neroli essential oil can be taken internally. Try diluting 1 drop of neroli essential oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or 4 oz. (125 ml) of beverage (such as non-dairy milk). It is not to be used for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.
Safety Note: Consult with a physician before using if pregnant or being treated for a medical condition.

5 Ways to Use Neroli Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Here are a few great diffuser blends to help you calm down when stressed, anxious, or needing to sleep:

2. Use in a Massage Oil
Neroli essential oil is very calming to the body and mind. When you get feeling too stressed or anxious, try massaging one of these blends into your tense muscles.

Relaxing Massage Blend:
3 drops neroli
3 drops petitgrain
3 drops marjoram
1 drop spikenard
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil
Calming
Massage Blend:

6 drops petitgrain
5 drops orange
4 drops neroli
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil

Common carrier oils to use for massage include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Roll on for quick help in calming down or soothing digestive pains.
Stress and anxiety follow us wherever we go, so making this Stress Relief Roll-on for on-the-go use can help during those difficult times. Neroli is also beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia or sleep issues, as it helps to relax the mind and calm any emotions that prohibit sleep. Try the Sleep Restfully Roll-on when you have restless nights. Aside from its calming and relaxing properties, neroli is also helpful for the digestive system and may help inhibit bacteria, infections, parasites, and viruses. If you are experiencing digestive pains, chronic diarrhea, colic, or intestinal spasms, try rolling the Digestive Support blend on your abdomen.

Stress Relief Roll-on:
3 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
2 drops lavender
2 drops neroli
1 drops lemongrass
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Sleep Restfully Roll-on:
4 drops orange
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops neroli
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Digestive Support Roll-on:
5 drops neroli
4 drops orange
2 drops peppermint
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.

Note: These recipes are formulated for 5–6% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on bottle (perfect for daily use if needed). For a stronger dilution, simply cut the amount of carrier oil in half, or use a 5 ml roll-on bottle.

*Common carrier oils for use in a roll-on bottle include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

4. Add to a Relaxing Bath
Neroli calms and slows the mind and is useful for insomnia, hysteria, and all states of anxiety and depression. Combine one of the following oil blends with 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) epsom salt, and evenly disperse throughout the tub. Alternatively, you can add these essential oil combinations to these bath bombs. These blends can also be used in a diffuser, roll-on, or linen spray.

Calming Peace:
5 drops neroli
3 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops petitgrain
Insomnia & Sleep:
4 drops neroli
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops chamomile
Nervous Tension:
2 drops bergamot
2 drops marjoram
1 drop neroli
2 drops sandalwood

5. Create a Peaceful Atmosphere for Romance or Meditation
The reputed aphrodisiac quality of neroli stems from its ability to calm any nervous apprehension that may be felt before a sexual encounter. Neroli can be a means of overcoming sexual difficulties that rise from anxiety or tension. The traditional use of orange blossom in bridal wreaths arose from this property of neroli, though it has long been forgotten.
Try diffusing this blend or use it in a linen spray:

Peaceful Romance:
5 drops neroli
1 drop sandalwood

Neroli also helps in creating a peaceful atmosphere when it is used in meditation. Diffuse neroli essential oil (or the Peaceful Romance blend above), and rub a drop of the oil over the heart to achieve a calm heart and relaxed mind.

5. Nourish Your Skin
Neroli is beneficial for all skin types, especially if there is dryness, redness, or irritation. Neroli stimulates the regeneration of new cells and the elimination of old ones, improving skin’s elasticity. It is generally helpful for all kinds of skin problems such as thread veins, scarring, and stretch marks. Try using the blend below as a facial cream or skin cream to help nourish your skin.

Improved Skin:
3 drops neroli
2 drops frankincense
2 drops Roman chamomile
1–2 tsp. (4–8 g) Coconut Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 96.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller
Aromatherapy: An A–Z by Patricia Davis
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

See Modern Essentials™: Youthful Skin

Vibrant, healthy skin isn’t just for the young. With proper care, skin can continue to regenerate itself and have a healthy glow even as you age.

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Pamper yourself by making a skin serum with essential oils that have been shown to hydrate and tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines:

  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Helichrysum
  • Cilantro
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Geranium

Mix a few drops of your favorite carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil, and lightly massage into your skin.

For around the eye area, combine 1 drop of frankincense, 1 drop of lavender, and 1 drop of lemon. Apply gently around the eyes morning and night to soften the appearance of crow’s feet.

To moisturize and replenish the skin all over your body, add 1 drop sandalwood, 1 drop helichrysum, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop frankincense to 2 tsp. (10 ml) of unscented lotion or coconut oil. Apply generously and often to achieve a healthy, youthful glow.

For more tips and ideas on how essential oils can keep your skin young and healthy, see Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 190, 338–39.

Foaming Face Wash

Are you looking for a good face wash for troublesome skin? The essential oils used in this face wash were picked to help with acne-prone skin, but the face wash can be used on any skin type.

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Foaming Face Wash

  • Servings: Yield=About 3 Tbsp. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Castile Soap
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops juniper berry or lemongrass essential oil (optional)
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) distilled water
  • 50 ml Foamer Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place castile soap, witch hazel, sweet almond oil, and essential oils in a small foamer bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. Unscrew the lid, and fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Make sure to leave room at the top for the foamer top. Screw the lid on, and shake again.
  3. To use, pump 1–2 times into the palm of your hand, and wash face as normal.

Night-Time Moisturizing Roll-On

This night-time facial moisturizer was suggested to us by Lura Struzinski. She says, “This is my favorite night-time moisturizer. I apply it to my face, neck, and décolletage. In the morning my face feels so smooth.”

Lura’s original recipe is 1/4 tsp. (3 g) coconut oil and 2 drops myrrh essential oil. We have adjusted the recipe a little by replacing the coconut oil with fractionated coconut oil to accommodate all skin types and suggest using a roll-on bottle for easier application.

Lura submitted this recipe during our Facebook contest and won a copy of Modern Essentials Living.

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Night-Time Facial Moisturizing Roll-On

  • Servings: 25–30 applications
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine fractionated coconut oil and myrrh essential oil in the 1 oz. roll-on bottle.
  2. Shake to combine.
  3. To use, roll on face, neck, and chest after removing makeup for the night. Use your hands to massage into the skin.

Recipe submitted by Lura Struzinski as part of our Facebook contest.