The best essential oils for body and hair care depend on factors such as your skin and hair type, your sensitivity to a particular essential oil, and personal scent preferences. Most importantly, you must avoid skin-irritating oils.
Making your own aromatherapy body and hair care products lets you avoid the potentially toxic ingredients of commercial products. Plus, you get to customize the scents for your personal needs and tastes.
Here are some starting essential oil suggestions from Authentic Aromatherapy:
An essential oil can benefit more than one skin type, as many oils have adaptogenic properties.
More of the best essential oils for body care from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:
When making body care products, you generally want a one to three percent dilution, depending on the essential oils you use, your sensitivity to them, and how strong you want the scent. Guidelines:
Example: If a recipe contains 1 cup (8 tablespoons) carrier oil, and you want a 2% dilution, you can add up to 48 drops essential oil.
Remember, stronger essential oils need to be more highly diluted.
This website offers many options in the following body and hair care articles. Go here for essential oils for facial care.
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Essential Oils for Gums
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