Botanicals & Oils: The Essentials

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Botanicals & Oils: The Essentials

In keeping with the theme of the past few weeks, this week, we spotlight, some of my favorite botanicals and essential oils. They are super dope because they can be combined with oils, butters, and water to create pampering softness for your skin.  

Eucalyptus

The eucalyptus leaves are derived from the eucalyptus evergreen tree that is native to Australia. Its scent is recognizable as minty and slightly piney with citrus overtones. As an essential oil, eucalyptus is often used in diffusers, as a natural remedy for relief of congestion in sinusitis and bronchitis. It is wonderful for muscle therapy and relaxation. Inhalation of the essential oil also promotes calm and stress relief, so using a massage oil that contains eucalyptus essential oil is perfect for relaxation and relief of sore muscles. Eucalyptus also has antiseptic qualities that prevent infections on cuts, burns and abrasions.

Lavender

Over the years, and even in ancient times, lavender has been used for many reasons and ailments and is most popular for its calming effect. Lavender is the major component of many massage oils, aromatherapy candles. It has been used to calm cancer patients and improve the mood of patients with dementia. Lavender oil has also been shown to help ease other ailments such as menstrual cramps, headaches, and topical usage assists with hair growth for those suffering from alopecia.

Peppermint

This essential oil is known for more than just a scent. It falls into the group of aromatherapies, and like lavender has centuries of usage for ailments. Peppermint is actually a hybrid plant indigenous to Europe and the Middle East combined of watermint and spearmint. Its active ingredients of menthol and menthone help to reduce the growth of bad bacteria and acts as an analgesic for pain. Because peppermint is a stimulant oil, it is not advisable to use it alone. A carrier oil will do just fine with applying it to skin and scalp. Peppermint oil helps to stimulate the scalp and promotes regeneration of hair follicles and can be placed in a bath to soak after workouts.

Leave it To Botanicals: Rose Petals, Calendula, Chamomile, Rosemary & Jasmine

Rose Petals

This American beauty treatment has been around for centuries. Roses in bathwater and strewn about at royal footsteps (a la Coming to America). The appreciation for rose petals as a “royal treatment” is well founded. Roses contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants (great for battling free radicals that encourage the growth of cancerous cells). Rose petals help to sooth and brighten the complexion and give it a glow all its own. Rose oil in a diffuser is also great for calming anxiety and stress. ShéButtaShop uses rose petals in our Rose & Glow Face Oil. It’s perfect for sensitive, dry skin to help prevent lines and soothes in winter and summer months.

 

Calendula

When you hear “calendula” it sounds much more like a wax product than an oil. Extracted from the leaves of marigold flowers, calendula, much like rose oil, is a calming, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal botanical. It removes dark spots on the face and body over time and can keep skin youthful looking by firming, plumping, and moisturizing it.

 

Chamomile

Chamomile is for more than just tea. Of course, the tea boasts amazing benefits, (calm, relaxation, and stress relief), but it’s also amazing for skin. Chamomile derives from the daisy family of flowers and is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. It’s a mosquito deterrent, and anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It calms rosacea and reduces acne scars. Chamomile as a tea also helps manage weight loss, and calm anxiety for great sleep!

Rosemary & Jasmine

Rosemary is native to Europe and an evergreen shrub in the mint family.  It is a great and fragrant herb for cooking but has even more benefits for skin and hair. Rosemary helps to reduce swelling and puffy eyes and improves circulation for healthy and glowing skin.

Jasmine is native to Iran and is a sweet-smelling flower used in natural beauty products for many years. Jasmine as an essential oil is extremely hydrating, so it works perfectly to improve skin clarity and elasticity. It also contains antioxidant powers and calms itchy, dry skin caused by scars and is perfect for eczema and dry and flaky scalp associated with dermatitis. Because of its hydration, it fights ageing by promoting cellular regeneration and protecting the skin from free radicals.

Thanks for checking out the shop! I hope you learned more about Butters, Oils, Soaps, and Botanicals and they help you when shopping ShéButtaShop. Lists of ingredients are on every item, and they are all-natural, handmade products. For questions or concerns, feel free to email me at info@shebuttashop.com

Happy Spring!

Dannielle

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