Many of us are aware of familiar essential oils like Lavender and Peppermint, but what about all the others? There are so many wonderful essential oils at our fingertips and all of them have amazing benefits. Here are two great oils for you to discover more about: Amyris and Angelica Root.
This steam distilled oil native to Haiti has a warm, sweet and woody aroma that is almost cedar-like. Amyris balsamifera is a base note oil that blends well with Citronella, Lavender, Oakmoss, Sassafras and other wood oils (like Cedar and Sandalwood). It can also be used as a less expensive substitute for Sandalwood.
Some properties of Amyris include antiseptic, decongestant, muscle relaxant and sedative. If you are looking for an essential oil to add to a facial cream, this oil is a great choice as it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, regenerate skin cells, and soften dry and flaky skin. It is also beneficial in relieving tension and promoting more restful sleep. For this application, you can add a drop or two to your favorite diffuser blend.
Native to France, Angelica archangelica is steam distilled to produce a fresh, peppery and herbaceous oil. Angelica Root is a base note oil that blends well with Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Orange and Sandalwood.
Some of the many properties of Angelica Root include antispasmodic, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic and expectorant. Like Amyris, this oil is beneficial in combatting stress, exhaustion and anxiety. It is also helpful in promoting a healthy immune system and fending off cold bugs. It can be a useful tool in combatting the side effects of nicotine withdrawal. Although not a citrus oil, Angelica Root is a phototoxic oil and should not be applied topically before direct sun exposure.
I need help understanding how to use the oils for my super sensitive skin. Everything and I mean everything turns my dry facial skin super red. Is there anything that can be used around my eyes my eye lids are also very dry. Thank you for any help. Darlene Reisterer
Hello Darlene, Thank you for contacting us. It is not recommended to use any essential oils around the eyes (namely the eyelids), as this is a very sensitive area and you can harm your eyes if the oils contact them. Carrier oils on the other hand can help tremendously with dry skin and are safe to apply to the face. You might want to try Jojoba or Avocado oil, which can be found in many high-end beauty products aimed at rejuvenating the skin. If you have severely sensitive skin, I would perhaps recommend staying away from applying essential oils topically and rather diffuse them into the air to receive their powerful Aromatherapy benefits.