Founder and owner of the San Francisco
Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology since
2002, Deedee Crossett is an industry pioneer
for raising the bar of undergraduate education
for cosmetologists and estheticians. She can be
reached at www.facebook.com/deedee.crossett and Twitter
Essential oils and aromatherapy are trending
more then ever, with mainstream consumers reading,
breathing, ingesting and diffusing oils at record numbers.
You Tube has more videos on DIY skin care products using
essential oils then any of us have time to watch. Here are
#10things you should know about the most commonly
discussed oils and how they are being used.
#10Things to Know About Popular
By Deedee Crossett, San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology
Lavender. Lavender is one of the few oils that
compliments most other oils. Add a few drops to
the bottom of your feet and enjoy a relaxing sleep
or use it for calming, itching boils and burns.
Frankincense. Used for inflammation,
pigmentation and warts, the “king of oils”
can help enhance the effect of other oils. This
antibacterial oil is beneficial for acne as well.
Ylang Ylang. Used to stimulate cell growth and
improve elasticity, ylang ylang is also used in
Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate the heart chakra.
Tea Tree. Tea tree oil eases physical and emotional
stress by purifying the mind and body. It also is
antibacterial, helping to heal wounds and regulate
sebum in acne prone skin.
Geranium. Used to balance oil production and
promote blood circulation, geranium can be
added into a moisturizer to soothe dermatitis
Clary Sage. In its Latin form Salvia sclarea
(clary sage), salvia comes from “salvere”
meaning “to save,” and sclarea comes from
“clarus” meaning “clear.”
Neroli. Used for mature aging and sensitive skin,
neroli contains a natural chemical called citral
that helps regenerate cells as well as preventing/
treating stretch marks.
Lemongrass. There are over 50 different species
of lemongrass, which can be used to enhance your
mood and spirit like other citrus oils. It is found to
stimulate and purify.
Myrrh. It is believed that Egyptians used myrrh
to heal chapped skin, rashes and eczema. It is
used to restore and revitalize aging skin.
Chamomile. The European market uses
chamomile extensively in skin preparations.
It is beneficial for sensitive skin and rosacea,
but it is also calming for those dealing with
shock or grief.
Modern Essentials: Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils,
7th Edition, Published by Aroma Tools (October 2015)