I love using essential oils for everything, from preventing infections to cleaning the bathrooms or forcing my acne into submission. But there is something in particular about using essential oils for spa-like pampering that I just can’t get enough of.
Different essential oils can rejuvenate your skin, hair, nails, and even soothe aching muscles and wash away your fatigue. Consider this your crash course to identifying which oils can help you achieve your goals- and how! Plus, of course, our favourite pampering recipes that you definitely want to copy at home.
- SUGAR SCRUBS FOR SILKY SKIN
My favourite aspect of pampering with essential oils is getting to say that sugar is actually a good thing!! When blended with the right ingredients, sugar moisturises and exfoliates the skin. These sugar scrubs can be very costly in stores, but they are so easy to make yourself with a few simple ingredients. Use them anywhere on your body- face, arms, legs, and especially feet!- for that silky glowing skin you thought only movie stars on the red carpet could attain.
*Important note- test on your face before slathering yourself in the sugar scrub. All skin types react differently. Many people say that sugar scrubs work miracles on their face, but it’s always best to make sure you won’t have a reaction!*
Soothing Vanilla Lavender Face Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup almond oil or coconut oil, ½ tsp Vitamin E oil (optional), ½ tsp pure vanilla extract, and 15 drops lavender essential oil. Blend and scrub for a clean fresh feeling. Plus, the lavender will work its magic to alleviate inflammation and redness.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars: ¼ cup coconut oil, ½ cup melted goats milk or hemp soap, 4 drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 cup sugar. Slowly mix everything together and pour in silicone moulds to dry for 2 hours. These will smell so irresistible and make awesome gifts during the holiday season! If you want a non-solid form of this, just take out the melted soap and mix everything else together as normal. You can make it look adorable in a mason jar with ribbon.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS
I have to confess… I’m a nail biter. I don’t have any nails to even try and take care of. Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you just don’t have time to take care of the nails you do have! OR, maybe you’re the person with those gorgeous, long nails that I wish I could have! Regardless, essential oils can help all of us strengthen our nails and keep them healthier.
Myrrh is considered the best essential oil for nail care, and carrier oils like coconut, jojoba, and almond oil can also improve nail health. Try a few of these recipes below and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
The Nail Nourisher: 15 drops lavender, 10 drops lemon, 4 drops myrrh, 2 tablespoons almond oil. Combine everything in a glass storage bottle and shake to completely blend the ingredients. Each night just apply 1 drop to each nail and massage.
The Broken Cuticle Healer: 4 drops lavender oil, 2 drops bay leaf, 3 drops sandalwood, ½ ounce jojoba oil. Soak nails in this formula for 10 minutes and then buff to bring out your nails’ natural shine.
- HEAL YOUR HANDS
Our hands are the most battered and overused part of our body, but it’s easy to forget about their care! Lavender, sandalwood, roman chamomile, and frankincense essential oils work wonders to rejuvenate the skin, especially in the recipes below.
Moisturise the Hands: 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tsp almond or coconut oil, and 2 drops geranium or lavender oil. Mix into a paste and rub over hands for 2 minutes. Rinse in warm water and then apply your favourite moisturiser. You won’t realise how dry your hands were until you’ve felt this final product!
Exfoliating Sugar Scrub: ½ cup sugar, ½ cup Epsom salt, 3 drops sandalwood oil, 3 drops roman chamomile oil, 3 tablespoons almond oil. Mix ingredients together and then use a teaspoon to scrub and massage hands. Rinse with warm water.
- GIVE YOUR FEET SOME TLC!
Of all the body parts that can ache at the end of a long day, is it usually your feet? After all, they are carrying all the weight, and those dress shoes probably aren’t as comfortable as your favourite slippers. The best thing to do with throbbing feet is to take a foot bath and give yourself a foot massage! Try these recipes to finally feel some relief.
For Tired, Achy Feet: Small tub of hot water, ¼ cup Epsom salt, 3 drops pine oil, and 4 drops lavender oil. Blend everything together and soak your feet for 15 minutes.