Rose essential oil has an unmistakable intoxicating aroma, it’s rich, sweet and floral.
But aside from the unmistakable aroma, it has a number of benefits on both the body and the mind. Both cooling and relaxing, it decreases sympathetic nervous system activity; while at the same time strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. This means that it increases feelings of vitality and creates a sense of relaxed well-being.
Rose can be useful for treating a wide range of stress-related conditions in adults and hyper-activity in children. It has a low toxicity and is a delightful addition to the bath or as a massage blend, where it has excellent results in treating scarring.
This delectable aromatic oil is a great anti-depressant, helping to increase feelings of confidence. Rose essential oil has a tonifying effect on the vascular system and when added to skin creams and oils, it can help to treat broken capillaries.
And that’s not all!
It has a rejuvenating and healing effect on the skin and also has profound anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to treat dryness, inflammation and skin irritations.
Rose oil has excellent emollient, softening and hydrating properties which, accompanied by its stimulating and antiseptic qualities, make it ideal for all skin care, especially for mature, dry or sensitive skin.
Rosewater is also used in skin care for its soothing and mildly astringent properties.
If that’s got you thinking how you can incorporate this powerful essential oil into your body care, rose essential oil and rosewater are found in the following Oleo Bodycare products:
Rejuvenating, relaxing and restoring, there’s no denying neroli essential oil has a beautiful scent. But what really lies behind the power of this fragrant oil? Produced from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, also know as the Seville orange.
Both calming and uplifting, neroli’s main effect, in the long run, is relaxation and is one of the most effective anti-depressant essential oils. People who feel exhausted, depressed and anxious will benefit as it aids sleep, promotes relaxation and helps to clear the mind while lifting the spirits. It can also have an aphrodisiac effect, helping create a romantic effect and increasing the libido. You have been warned!
As a topical application, the oil has very low toxicity and it’s rejuvenating properties make it useful for treating dry, mature skin, wrinkles and broken capillaries. When used as part of a regular skin care routine, neroli improves elasticity, stimulates skin cell renewal, reduces thread veins, softens wrinkles and scars, and smells absolutely divine.
As neroli oil is slightly water soluble, the water remaining after the distillation of neroli essential oil contains traces of neroli oil. This creates an orange flower water which has a natural hydrating and regenerating effect on the skin which making it perfect for refreshing and reviving dull, tired skin.
We use this fragrant water in Oleo’s Neroli Hydrating Spritzer. These are perfect to quench thirsty skin in between cleansing and toning or as refreshment for tired skin. Pop one in your holiday bag for post travel fatigue or work bag for a late afternoon pick me up.
Neroli really is one of those double effect, scent and feel good essential oils which should form part of your natural beauty regime.
As the evenings get lighter, you or a family member might be finding it more difficult to drift off to sleep. I know I struggle to nod off while the sun’s still out and the birds are singing and more often than not get woken up early next morning as that one tiny gap I left in the curtains lets the early morning sunrise through.
It’s not that I’m complaining, it’s lovely waking up to a bright sunny day, but with experts recommending a minimum of 6 hours unbroken sleep in order to function properly the next day, finding ways to pack in those precious hours can prove difficult sometimes.
Other than move to the continent and join the culture of siesta’s and catch up on the zzz’s you’ve been missing, there are a few things which you can do to help you drift off; avoiding exercise an hour before bed, having a warm bath and a glass of warm milk laced with a teaspoon of manuka honey and avoiding tea and coffee after mid day are all reportedly said to help.
You can also incorporate aromatherapy into your evening routine with many having sleep or calm inducing properties. Probably the best known oil for insomniacs is lavender. It can be used in massage blends, bath oils, foam baths, room fragrancing, lotions, etc as it’s calming and sedating.
Marjoram isan excellent oil to use when a calming and relaxing effect is required. The sedative properties of marjoram make it good for treating anxiety, insomnia and nervous debility it is found in the Oleo Calming Body Oil.
Clary Sage has a sedating effect and, when used in small amounts, it can create feelings of well-being and calmness. It’s excellent for treating nervous tension and stress-related conditions and can cause drowsiness and so is excellent for helping to aid sleep. Found in Oleo Winding Down Shower Gel,Before Bed Bath and Calming Body Oil.
Vetiver the main action of vetiver is on the nervous system where it has a sedating effect. It is excellent in the treatment of depression, nervous tension and insomnia you can find it in Oleo Before Bed Bath.
Roman Chamomile is a profoundly soothing and calming oil. It has a sedative effect on the nervous system, helping to relieve insomnia and nervousness, the Oleo Soothing Bath Soakand Soothing Body Lotion both contain Roman Chamomile
So before you reach for the sleeping tablets, why not explore some alternative ways to drift off at night.
The beauty industry bombards us with ads for youth potions, scientifically proven formulas and jargon that usually doesn’t mean much at all. So, try not to be fooled by these exaggerated promises and look closer to home; here at Oleo we believe the secret to youthful skin lies in the ingredients nature provides us with!
In simple terms, ageing skin is a slowing down of cell regeneration. This ultimately results in your skin losing tension and plumpness, causing wrinkles to form and your complexion to change. But, fret not; although we can’t reverse these changes, essential oils can do more than most potions to slow down the effects. Essential oils encourage the skin cells to regenerate more efficiently, and help the skin to lubricate itself, keeping it supple and less prone to wrinkling.
As I can’t stress enough, skin cell regeneration is the key to youthful skin and essential oils can help this process by working their anti-ageing magic! Check out the top anti-ageing ingredients Olivia uses in the Oleo range. She specifically chooses them for their youthful and rejuvenating qualities!
1. FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
The rejuvenating properties of frankincense make it one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating ageing skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing scar tissue. You can find Frankincense essential oil in our Frankincense Day Cream & Frankincense & Palma Rosa Face Mask!
2. PALMAROSA ESSENTIAL OIL
It has a balancing action on the skin and can help to hydrate dry skin. Palmarosa stimulates cellular regeneration and will help to reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of tired or ageing skin. Also Found in our Frankincense & Palmarosa Face Mask.
3. NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL
The oil has a very low toxicity and its rejuvenating properties make it useful for treating dry, mature skin, wrinkles and broken capillaries. Neroli is an excellent oil for helping you deal with stress, tiredness and anxiety – all of which can make you look and feel much older than you are. Found in ourOrange Blossom Cleansing Cream and Replenishing Facial Moisturiser
4. ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Rose oil has excellent emollient, softening and hydrating properties which, accompanied by its stimulating and antiseptic qualities, make it ideal for all skin care, especially for mature, dry or sensitive skin. Rose oil has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries and can be used for the treatment of broken capillaries, redness and inflammation of the skin. Found in our Replenishing Facial Moisturiser
5. ROSEHIP SEED OIL
This is a big one, but rosehip seed oil has endless benefits to aid your quest towards a youthful complexion, The benefits of this oil boil down to its amazing collection of ingredients, which have powerful properties to help regenerate and brighten skin.
– It contains natural vitamin A, which is effective in helping to avoid premature ageing as a result of excessive sun exposure.
– It also contains lycopene and beta-carotene, both of which are potent antioxidants and protect against damage from free radicals and skin ageing.
– It is rich in fatty acids including omega 3, 6 and 9. These are fundamental to ensure healthy skin but the body is unable to produce them. It can help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles due to its high fatty acid and anti-oxidant content.
– It is proven to reduce and improve scars due to the complex mixture of ingredients and its ability to regenerate skin cells producing more collagen.
The berries of the seabuckthorn plant are rich in vitamins and minerals. Because of this, the oil is well known for its use on the skin. Aromatherapists have credited it with reducing wrinkles, regenerating skin cells, and for promoting the healing of skin injuries such as burns, sunburns, wounds and eczema. Found in our Essential Skin Serum.
Have you got any anti-ageing secrets to bestow? Let us know what you think!