Sometimes I like to spoil myself. There are a lot of things I like, but perhaps one thing that I like the most is oils. All sorts of oils, from the edible to the inedible. From those you can lather on your skin, to the ones that cause contact dermatitis. If it’s an oil, I love it and I will spoil myself with it some day.
These are the oils I currently have, and a little information on each of them:
1. Coconut Oil
What it’s good for: I like to use it on my hair, as a moisturising treatment approximately once per week, although I often alternate between this oil and other oils which I will mention later. It is good for cooking, weight loss, brushing your teeth and moisturising your skin. It is also very low SPF. I think it is SPF 11 from memory.
2. Almond Oil
This oil is a great carrier oil for Essential Oils for use in massage. Otherwise you can use it on your hair. This is one of the oils I use to treat my hair, as it often gets very dry from the dying process. I’m not sure if you can eat this oil, but I will get back to you later on this (and probably edit this post).
3. Apricot Kernel Oil
Hair really drinks this up and it doesn’t make the hair too weighed down. It’s nice and light that way. I am pretty certain you can eat this oil without suffering any ill effects and use it as a carrier oil for essential oils as well.
4. Eucalyptus Oil:
Great for clearing up a congested throat, being able to breathe more easily and for cleaning too. I find it is great for cleaning up organic molecules, such as wax, dirt, grime etc. Although if I were using it to clean a bathroom, I would then use some Bi-carb soda, scrub then rinse.
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is great on cuts and stings. It soothes the pain of stings. I wouldn’t use it for something major like a jelly-fish sting or and octopus sting, but for small irritating insect bites, I would use it. It is also great in a diffuser to scent any room in the house. A lot of people find it has a mild sedative affect. I don’t know if they are imagining it or if it is legit, but personally I find the scent comforting when I am going to sleep. A few drops on my pillow and I’m a happy Jazz.
6. Tea Tree Oil
This is great for antiseptic purposes, de-stinking rooms (although they will then smell like Tea Tree) and can be used on the skin directly to reduce inflammation of pimples, although you do not want to put it on an open wound. Youch!
7. Moroccan Oil
Sadly there are usually a lot of additives in this oil. For example silicates, which initially give the hair great lustre (yes, it is for the hair), but after time wears the shaft down, giving it a hideous appearance. You don’t want to use this oil on your hair very often, but it has great short term effects and smells gorgeous!
* disclaimer: none of the above is medical advice. I am a simple, average, every day person (albeit, facing schizophrenia), not a Medical Doctor or Natural Therapist or any form of professional in the field. This post is for entertainment purposes only.