Essential oils have many incredible benefits, from purifying your external environment to managing internal symptoms like headaches, general body aches and pain, and even help repair skin damage. If you follow my blog, you know I’m obsessed with plant oils for the skin, but essential oils is something I recently began to play around with topically.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated fragrances and properties from a natural plant source or other source, extracted by distillation. Like plant oils, not all essential oils are of the same quality, whether from sourcing or extraction, both will compromise the quality and effectiveness of the end product. I’m a big fan of supporting local companies, so whether it’s food or skincare, I tend to navigate towards smaller brands than large corporations. I recently came across Aroma Foundry, a California company founded by a team with a goal to create quality all natural essential oils that are sourced responsibly and healthfully. They focus on transparency with their sourcing, stating where each oil comes from- country or state- and obtains them from where the the specific plant grows and flourishes best. For example, their orange oil is from California and their sage oil is from Spain, each locale famous for their crop. However, they do not source from China and India, where it’s hard to verify the question and supply chain of the ingredients.
You can be assured that Aroma Foundry essential oils offers oils that are:
- 100% Pure
- No Chemicals
- No Preservatives
- Therapeutic Grade
- Professional Aromatherapy Grade Hand Bottled
- 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Sourced from USA or Native Region
Small Batch Quality Control
EACH BATCH IS NUMBERED ON THE LID
I love this about Aroma Foundry. When you make anything, smaller batches are easier to control the quality than making large amounts of a product. All of Aroma Foundry’s essential oils are hand bottled in craft batches with a number on the lid for maintaining quality control.
Personally, I also respect and admire that one of the founders of the company is an acupuncturist and herbalist, which tells me the high importance of quality when sourcing, extracting, and bottling.
Essential Oils For Skin Damage
I have been trying a few of their essentials oils for both skin and other uses over the last few months, and I really do love the potency of smell and flavor (I use grapefruit and tangerine to flavor my water) of their products. Please remember, when using essential oils on your skin, NEVER apply them directly to your skin, always dilute them in oil, preferably a non comedogenic high quality plant oil that will not clog your pores. When prepping and storing your personal oil formulations, I recommend Infinity Jars as the best way to help preserve your mixture and keep it fresh and long lasting. This one here is my favorite container for essential oils.
These are the 5 essential oils you can find at Aroma Foundry that would work great for repairing skin damage:
“Topical application of lavender oil promoted collagen synthesis and differentiation of fibroblasts, accompanied by up-regulation of TGF-β. These data suggest that lavender oil has the potential to promote wound healing in the early phase by acceleration of formation of granulation tissue, tissue remodeling by collagen replacement and wound contraction through up-regulation of TGF-β.”
Photoaging is premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) primarily from the sun, but also from artificial UV sources
Ylang ylang translates to mean “flower of flowers,” and was named that due to its sweet, floral smell. It helps control oil production, minimize breakouts, and also helps regenerate skin damage, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Traditionally Ylang ylang was primarily used for preserving the skin, and preventing irritation and signs of aging. Traditionally is was used to treat malaria, stomach ailments, asthma, gout, and rheumatism, as well as believed to be effective in treating depression, high blood pressure, and anxiety. It has an abundance of medicinal properties that been well researched from antimicrobial and antibiofim activity, antioxidant properties (especially due to phytochemicals), anti-inflammatory properties, and high antioxidant activity.
One of the most unique characteristics of Ylang Ylang that has been found is it’s inhibitory effect against melanogenesis in the skin (melanin production):
“Although melanogenesis is a major protective mechanism against UV-induced skin injury, the excessive production of melanin due to extensive UV exposure can lead to dermatological disorders. There has been increasing interest towards the findings of alternative herbal for treatment of hyperpigmentation because of the increased reports of potential mutagenicity and cases of ochronosis due the use of tyrosinase inhibitor such as hydroquinone, which is one of the most widely prescribed compounds found in nowadays cosmetic products and depigmenting agents. Recently, the methanolic extract of the flower buds of C. odorata was found to exhibit inhibitory effect against melanogenesis”.
Lemon juice and the oil of lemon has been known to have a skin lightening effect, but in addition to this, a study found that because of it’s practical application, it has the ability to prevent oxidative damage (anti-aging). Skin is very vulnerable to free radicle damage because of it’s direct contact with oxygen and the environment (poultion, toxins…). This study shows a strong antioxidant activity from lemon oil, capable of inhibiting free radical-mediated reactions. In a study done prior to this, the topical application of lemon oil on human subjects significantly increased their antioxidant activity on the surface of their skin, highlighting the effectiveness of lemon oil as a topical anti-aging management tool.
In another interesting look at lemon oil, it has been shown to be effective against Candida yeasts on human membranes and skin. This study shows the anti-fungal potential and inhibitory concntrations for six commercial lemon essential oils against five Candida yeast strains.
Acne prone skin should not be without tea tree oil. It is most popular used as a topical antiseptic agent known to have antimicrobial activity, but until this study there was only ancedotal evidence in it’s therapeutic properties addressing in skin conditions. It has now been proven that tea tree oil can reduce histamine- induced skin inflammation. Furthermore, tea tree oil has been compared to benzoyl peroxide, a popular topical acne agent that can dry out and thin the skin. When compared side by side ( 5% tea-tree oil and a 5% benzoyl peroxide), both had a significant effect in reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones). The tree oil was a bit slower to see results, however fewer side effects were experienced by those using the tea tree oil overall.
As you can see, essential oils are not just hype, they also have research behind them supporting their claims to fame. Each oil provides their own therapeutic properties and can be beneficial for the skin in their own way. Again, please remember to never use essential oils alone or directly on the skin. Always dilute them in a carrier oil. If you haven’t given essential oils a try for your skin, go experiment and see what works for you!
What oils have you found to be effective for your skin type or condition? Share and comment below!
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