The Benefits Of Essential Oils

May 16, 2018

No oil slick, just beautiful, sleek skin. While we may shy away from the notion of slathering oil onto our skin, essential oils have been revered for their beauty benefits since ancient times. Historically Rosehip, Grapeseed, Jojoba and Camellia Oils were popular for nurturing beautiful skin in several ancient cultures.

Which ancient civilizations used essential oils?

There is evidence of oils being used in beauty regimes dating back thousands of years. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome used extracts and essences of plant-based oils as botanical medicines and remedies. They were also utilised for their aromatic, therapeutic, spiritual and beauty-enhancing properties. Ancient Egypt boasts one of history’s most beautiful women, Cleopatra, who was renowned for the extensive use of oils on her skin. These cultures strongly embraced the many benefits of natural plant-based oils for their healing properties and used them extensively in their ceremonial, spiritual, religious and beauty practices.

The ancient Egyptian use of oils

History shows the Egyptians were some of the earliest users of aromatic oils and were pioneers in the use of oils for cosmetic benefits. Their use of natural oils formed part of everyday life for spiritual, medicinal and physical wellbeing. The Egyptian’s used embalming techniques with aromatic oils such as cedar and myrrh and they prepared ointments and perfumes from many blended plant oils and extracts.

Chinese use of Camellia Oil

In China the use of aromatic oils dates back as far as 2000 BC. The legendary ‘Yellow Emperor’ Huang Ti wrote a book depicting the use of plant derivatives in medicine which is still used by those who practice Eastern medicine today. It incorporates the use of herbs and oils in traditional Chinese healing practices. One of China’s most powerful beauty secrets is the benefits of Camellia Oil. Not only used as a hair treatment but also as a skin moisturiser and as a treatment for scars. Camellia Oil has a wonderful moisture retaining ability and contains Vitamin A, B and E. This ancient luxurious oil hydrates, tightens the skin and shields it from free radical damage.

Oils in traditional Indian medicine

For over 3000 years traditional Indian medicinal practices known as Ayurveda (meaning life-knowledge) used aromatic plants and oils in their healing potions. Commonly used oils included cinnamon, ginger, myrrh and sandalwood. Ancient Indians blended herbs and oils into creams for use on their skin and believed only edible ingredients belonged on their skin.

The Greeks and Romans use of oil on the skin

The Greeks believed that essential oils applied to the skin had a positive effect on the internal organs and the Romans bathed in essential oils several times a day. They used aromatic oils to scent their hair, skin and their beds, and they were an integral part of massage therapy.

Essential oils in Natural Instinct skincare

Based on thousands of years of evidence, pure essential oils have been incorporated as an integral component, in the formulation of Natural Instinct’s natural skin and haircare products. The plant-derived ingredients also include certified organic extracts and vitamins and are good for both you and the environment.

Many of our products include one or more essential oils such as Rosehip, Jojoba Seed, Evening Primrose, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary, Camellia and Ylang Ylang Flower Oil. These oils are light, easily absorbed and won’t leave a heavy, oily film on the skin. They make excellent moisturisers because of their ability to absorb into the deeper layers of the epidermis, providing deep hydration, nourishment and protection to the skin. Included in the Natural Instinct skincare range for their anti-ageing benefits are enriching vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and E. They have powerful anti-oxidants to fight free radicals and improve cell regeneration. They also contain essential fatty acids that are known for their hydration and replenishing properties.

Natural Instinct Vitamin C + Camellia Oil

New to the Natural Instinct skincare range, Vitamin C + Camellia Oil is an anti-ageing facial oil which supports collagen production and reduces visible damage caused by free radicals. With just two or three drops this aromatic oil blend brightens skin tone, improves clarity, reduces tension, rejuvenates, nourishes and hydrates the skin. The inclusion of Geranium Oil and Rosemary Extract aids relaxation. It reduces stress and tension, calms an overactive mind and promotes emotional wellbeing.

Used by the ancient Chinese, Camellia Oil is a powerful hydration ingredient. It firms and protects the skin while Vitamin C helps maintain collagen levels giving the skin a firmer appearance. Vitamin C also plumps fine lines and wrinkles while it brightens skin tone. This versatile facial oil includes organic Evening Primrose Oil which is another source of natural antioxidants helping to reduce free radical damage. Vitamin C and Camellia Oil can be used on its own or beneath your day or night cream as a powerful addition to your anti-ageing skin regime. It is perfect for replenishing your skin during the night and its relaxation properties can help to improve your sleep. Vitamin C + Camellia Oil can also be applied to hands and body for further hydration, relaxation and anti-ageing benefits.


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