Saturday, January 28, 2006

Quick remedy for inflammed skin and information on latin names (Skin care/aromatherapy)

During the winter skin can become super dry, cracked, and red. For extremely irritated, dry skin skin add 2-4 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of aloe vera gel or juice. Good essential oils to use are lavender, blue chamomile, roman chamomile, or helichrysum. This remedy is also good for sunburn or as an all natural toner.

Always check the latin name of essential oils before purchase, as there are many different plant species (for example there are over 17 different species of lavender), and not all essential oils are suitable for usage in aromatherapy.

Lavender latin names: Lavendula officinalis, L. vera, or L. Angustifolia

Blue chamomile latin name: Matricaria chamomilla.
Other Blue chamomile common names: German chamomile

Roman chamomile latin name: Anthemis nobilis

Helichrysum latin name: Helichrysum Italicum
Other Helichrysum common names: Everlasting, Everlast, Italian Everlasting, and Immortelle

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