Known for their health and beauty benefits since ancient times, essential oils and their aromatic waters have very wide use. To remind you of those uses and benefits, the ladies behind Damascena and I have set ourselves to share with you the secrets of those natural products by giving you a few quick and easy homemade beauty recipes, some of which I apply to myself.
Damascena is a Bulgarian beauty brand for natural cosmetics. I already told you about it earlier here. Apart from producing cosmetic products, they also offer 7 types of pure essential oils and 4 types of aromatic waters. All of these are extremely beneficial for the hair and skin with their nourishing, softening, toning and antibacterial properties. I will start by going through the benefits of every type.
ROSE OIL AND ROSE WATER
Rose oil has astringent and soothing effects. Suitable for all skin types, it is extremely beneficial for dry and sensitive skin. It eliminates skin redness and inflammation. Rose water has similar effects, balancing and cleaning oily skin. Rejuvenates, softens, revitalizes and adds beautiful shine to normal skin. Contains antioxidants and various vitamins, which help to prevent the signs of aging.
LAVENDER OIL AND LAVENDER WATER
Lavender oil stimulates the production of new skin cells. Nourishes and softens the skin. Soothes insect bites. Favors problematic and acne prone skin. Used when there are hair loss and dandruff problems. Helps for soothing domestic and sun burns. Combines well with geranium oil. Lavender water has a similar effect, while suitable for everyday use.
PINE OIL AND PINE WATER
Energizes, refreshes and disinfects. Stimulates hair growth. Fights hair loss. Improves circulation. Restores aging skin. The water is used for skin ailments associated with unpleasant itching. Used in the treatment of injuries and red eyes. Removes eye swelling and fatigue.
PEPPERMINT OIL AND MINT WATER
It has painkiller, cooling, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic effects. Great for a problematic skin (dermatitis, acne, etc.). It helps when there is sunburn. Contributes to the rapid growth of hair. Water refreshes and tones normal to oily skin. Reinforces and strengthens hair. Improves water balance.
Used for acne prone and oily skin, as well as for dandruff problems. Works well in fighting cellulite and stretch marks.
It has strong antibacterial properties. Balance skin moisture. Controls oily skin to normal. Promotes skin elasticity. Reduces wrinkles. Used for cleaning, toning and disinfecting normal to oily skin.
Used for acne and dermatitis prone skin. Has deodorizing, analgesic, warming, anti-inflammatory and healing effects. Stimulates hair growth.
We all know natural products are most effective in the long term and have the most beneficial effect on our overall health and condition. With Spring slowly stepping in, we need to start revitalizing our hair and skin. That is why today I am sharing 5 homemade beauty recipes from nature. Their key ingredients are floral waters and essential oils. However, you should note that the latter should not be used on their own directly over the skin. They should be combined with creams, lotions, etc.. Floral waters in turn can be used directly and act very refreshing. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have allergies, consult a specialist before trying these recipes.
Face and Body Scrub
2 tbsp. Oatmeal/Bran
2 tbsp. Honey
1-2 drops Essential Oil – appropriate for skin type
Mix the ingredients, apply on face and gently massage once a week. Rinse with water. If you use oatmeal, first grind them in a blender. When choosing essential oils and floral waters note that Salvia and Mint are suitable for acne prone skin, Pine and Geranium oils for aging skin, and Rose products are ideal for dry skin.
Dry Skin Face Mask
1 tbsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Rose Water
1-2 drops Rose Oil
1-2 drops Lavender Oil
Mix the ingredients. The stay with the mask for at least 20 minutes – once or twice a week. Rinse. Avocado has a powerful hydrating and deep cell nourishing effects, adding elasticity, softness and shine to the skin. Banana also nourishes and gives elasticity to the skin.
Face Mask for Oily Skin
1 tbsp. Clay
1-2 drops Salvia, Mint and/or Geranium Oil
2 tbsp. Mint Water
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
Mix the ingredients. If necessary, add additional water / floral water. Stay with the mask no more than 20 minutes – once a week. Clay would absorb toxins and help clean the pores. Cinnamon would help tighten pores.
Mask Fighting Hair Loss and Dandruff Problems
1-2 tbsp. Honey
10-15 drops Mint, Lavender, Pine and Juniper Oils
2-3 tbsp. Rose Water
Squeeze the juice of 1 onion and mix with the remaining ingredients. It would control dandruff, as well as reduce the risk of scalp infections and premature graying. Also favors blood circulation, which is essential for hair follicles. Oils of Peppermint, Lavender and Pine would stimulate hair growth, while Rose Water would neutralize the smell of onion. Juniper oil would also favor dandruff problems. You should stay with the mask at least 30 minutes – 2 times a week. For optimal effect do for at least one month.
Regenrating Mask for Damaged Hair
2 tbsp. Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Honey
5 drops Mint Oil
Apply to damp hair for at least 20-30 minutes. Peppermint oil would help in hair regenaration and rapid hair growth. Coconut oil would prevent dandruff problems, relieve itching, nourish hair and seal the moisture deep into it. Apply at the roots only if your hair is very damaged.
What homemade beauty recipes do you prepare for yourself? Do you use eesential oils and their floral waters as an addition to them?
*In partnership with Damascena Cosmetics.