The age-old mantra of eating 5 fruit and vegetables a day has been drummed into us from childhood. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, the health and antioxidant benefits of ‘5-a-day’ are numerous, including warding off winter colds and flu and boosting our immune systems. So, logic tells us that organic essential oils extracted and distilled from fruit and vegetables would naturally also offer many wellness benefits. It’s just nature’s way of keeping on giving. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?
Here are our top ‘5-a-day’ fruit and veg organic essential oils:
(Quite simply, they’re essential!) 😉
Let’s start with the humble carrot. Carrot seed essential oil differs from carrot oil, which is a carrier oil made from the crushed roots. Organic Carrot seed essential oil is cold-pressed and distilled from the seeds of the flowering plant, duacus carota sativa, also known as the wild carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace - the name alone makes one fall in love with this little known essential oil and its versatile antioxidant properties.
Although organic carrot seed essential oil does not generally feature on the A-list of aromatherapy celebrity oils, added to a carrier oil, the skin benefits of this oil are numerous, and should definitely feature in your daily skincare regime.
Dry and sensitive skin? Irritated skin? Because it is rich in antioxidants, carrot seed oil will help repair the damage from free radicals (oxidants) and rejuvenate your skin, reduce dark spots wrinkles, ease acne and hydrate your skin.
Heading into the sun? Full of Vitamin A and carotene, add few drops of carrot seed oil to your sunscreen. If you do get sunburnt, add a few drops to your aloe vera gel.
A little frazzled? Used in a diffuser, the sweet and earthy aroma of carrot seed essential oil will transport you back to your childhood veggie patch - relieving stress and anxiety and bringing a sense of calm.
Tense muscles? Add carrot seed oil to a carrier oil of choice and massage into sore, aching muscles.
Avocados aren’t everyone’s favourite, but organic avocado carrier oil can be. Pressed from the pulp of an avocado, it is packed full of oleic acid - a healthy monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid - beneficial for helping to reduce cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and improving heart health.
The fatty acids and Vitamins A, D and E in avocado oil also aid in moisturizing the skin, soothing skin irritations and helping with wound healing. After showering or bathing, massage a good amount of avocado carrier oil into your skin, or add a few drops to one of your everyday body lotions and potions.
When it comes to organic citrus essential oils, we’re talking sweet orange, lime and green mandarin - the trio of zingy and tangy aromatherapy magic.
Need to just breathe? There is nothing more calming and relaxing than diffusing the wonderfully uplifting and happy scent of organic Sweet Orange essential oil. It can help support the immune system, aid digestion and reduce nausea. And if you're struggling to sleep, sweet orange oil comes to the rescue. Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage into your skin to feel rejuvenated.
Feeling blue? The zesty, refreshing fragrance of organic Lime essential oil can be very uplifting and help to overcome depression and anxiety issues. Also known for its purifying properties, Lime oil can be ingested for internal cleansing and boosting the immune system. Add 1 or 2 drops to your water bottle. You can also add a couple of drops to your face wash or shampoo to benefit from its cleansing properties.
Need to smile? Pressed from the unripened fruit of the mandarin tree, the chemical Limonene, in organic Green Mandarin essential oil, is known for its surface cleansing properties. Dilute 10 drops in a spray bottle of water. Its fruity and floral undertones also make it a favourite for diffusing to create a happy, positive and energising environment.
If you love natural face oils or serums, then Grapeseed carrier oil will be your new favourite beauty treatment - especially for teenagers who tend to struggle with acne-prone skin. Cold-pressed from the seeds of wine grapes, Grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that helps control acne by decreasing clogged pores. It is a great carrier partner oil for Tea Tree essential oil, which is known for its potential acne-fighting properties. Grapeseed oil is also a skin balancer, especially for skin that tends to be oily, as it helps to slow down oil production.
It is also said to tame frizzy hair (just add a few drops to water in a spray bottle and spritz), and relieve sore muscles (just massage directly into the skin).
Organic Fractionated Coconut oil is another popular carrier oil. It is fractionated from regular coconut oil, removing most or all of the fatty acids. It is a light emollient with a high protein content which is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and nourished without it feeling greasy. (It is one of the best oils for sensitive skins).
When it comes to blending organic essential oils, Fractionated Coconut oil is odorless and colorless, making it the perfect choice. (The formula is 1:5 - 1 part organic essential oil to 5 parts fractionated coconut carrier oil.)
For new moms - make up a blend of 3 drops Carrot seed oil, 2 drops Frankincense essential oil and 10 ml coconut oil to help fade stretch marks.
For the guys - rub a few drops of Fractionated Coconut oil into your skin before shaving as it creates a smooth surface for your razor. But if you are into beards - then we have an entire blog dedicated to you.
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At Sanctus Essence, we love and respect nature’s healing oil droplets and are committed to harnessing the balancing benefits from the earth. All our organic essential and carrier oils are pesticide-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, additives-free and vegan-friendly as well as being USDA organic and verified. So go ahead and stock up on your ‘5-a day!’