Plant oils are fats taken from plants - literally - usually from plants’ seeds. These essential oils are usually highly concentrated non-water soluble phytochemicals that are distilled from plants. Traditionally, herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years to address illnesses or particular skin problems. Suffice to say, they’re an ancient remedy that have become popular again.
Many essential oils can be quite expensive, but that’s because a high quality essential oil takes a large amount of plant material to produce and is highly concentrated. That’s why in several of its uses, all you really need is a drop or two for it to work its effects on your skin. In this article, we uncover the benefits of geranium, rosemary, cypress, and thyme.
Benefits and Uses of these Plant Oils
- Regulates oil production and reduces acne breakouts
- Improves skin elasticity and tightens skin
- Promotes blood circulation, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, and other skin conditions
Use it as part of a moisturising face mist
To DIY, you’ll need:
- A bottle of mineral water
- Essential oil
- Mist spray bottle
What You Do:
- Add a few drops of essential oil to some mineral water
- Combine and pour into a spray mister
- Apply throughout the day as needed for added hydration
Alternatively, if you'd like to indulge yourself in something extra, try the LM Hydrating Mist that's packed with therapeutic essential oils, aloe vera, primrose, and a high percentage of hyaluronic acid that's said to be "the key to the fountain of youth". Hello, baby skin!
Rosemary: Aids skin regeneration
A woody, evergreen scent characterises this plant oil, and it’s part of the mint family.
Use it as a facial cleanser
What You Do:
- Add 1-2 drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil (such as castor oil)
- Massage in thoroughly
- Wash off with a warm washcloth
- Works great for acne-prone skin
Cypress: Healing soothing
Cypress is derived from a Greek word “sempervivens” which means “live forever”.
- Repairs capillary vein damage and shrinks swollen blood vessels
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
- Antimicrobial properties
Use it directly to treat the appearance of cellulite, wounds, or blemishes
What You Do:
- Apply 2-3 drops of cypress oil to the area of concern
Use it as a makeup remover
What You Do:
- Use in combination with coconut oil as a toning eye makeup remover
Thyme: Anti-bacterial and anti-septic
- Add 1-2 drops of thyme oil mixed to a carrier oil (such as almond oil)
- Apply onto the affected area
Add 2-3 drops of thyme oil directly to your facial wash
Massage in thoroughly
Wash off with a warm washcloth
For a more thorough clean, you can choose to use the LM Gel Cleanser. With ingredients such as aloe vera and lavender oil to purify and fresh the skin, and salicylic acid with anti-septic properties, this cleanser dissolves any remaining traces of dirt and dead skin cells. Best of all, it leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed and ready for your day or night routine!
Important tip for using these plant oils!
If you purchase these essential oils directly, you’d want to dilute it in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5%. These plant oils are heavily concentrated, so you’d want to be careful about using too high a concentration on your delicate skin. Since 1 ml is the equivalent of 20 drops, for every 1ml of carrier oil, add 1 drop of essential oil. And always do a patch test on your forearm first!
Where can I find these oils?
If you’re looking to blend some of these essential oils, you’d want to note some of these great combinations. For instance, rosemary oil works well with thyme, or alternatively, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus.
In the Linda Meredith Serum
The LM Serum is a combination of five essential oils (lavender, rosemary, geranium, cypress, and thyme) that’ll give the extra boost all skins need. Imagine combining all the powerful effects of each essential oil in one…
In the Net 45 Moisturiser
Geranium can be found in this moisturiser. Working in combination with sweet almond oil, avocado and camelia oil and chamomile, this moisturiser works to nourish and repair the skin, leaving it well moisturised with a healthy glow - great for dry skin.
Now that you’ve learnt about the benefits of each essential oil, you won’t have to ask what they’re used for next time. Drop us a message and let us know how these uses work for you. We’d love to hear from you!