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Herbal Infused Body Oiling



Benefits of body oiling


Ayurveda’s top anti-aging strategies! Body oiling daily most obviously, helps your skin retain its hydration and luster but it has other amazing benefits.

The physical action of massaging oil into your skin and joints helps to relieve stiffness and improves circulation, calms the nervous system, helps promote drainage of the lymphatic system boosting immunity, giving your whole body a nice glow and boosting energy and overall health.

Oiling in the morning brings a sense of comfort and adds a layer of protection as if you are wearing a pair of silky long johns all day long.

Oiling at night can be a way for you to wind down and become present within the body, using it as an act of self-care. Oiling the feet at night promotes restful sleep, especially lavender infused oil.


Ways I use body oiling. Instead of soap I use oil to cleanse my face. I usually will body oil before or directly after showering. I also oil my feet before bed sometimes if I've had a stressful day. I put oil on my pinky finger and put up my nose. I rub oil on my earlobes when I'm stressed. I put coconut oil in my tea every morning. I use oil to replace soap for cleansing


Different types of natural oils

Be sure you are purchasing a high quality, organic, cold pressed and unrefined oil as our skin is the biggest organ on the body and will soak up everything.

Buying cheap /low quality oil can actually do more harm than good as you are possibly introducing unnatural and even toxic chemicals that are directly absorbed into your bloodstream.


TODAY WE ARE USING: Grapeseed oil

Due to its high content of proanthocyanidins (an antioxidant), it helps fight many kinds of skin problems. Grapeseed oil can help repair sun damage and boost collagen repair. It also contains Vitamin E, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory.


Olive oil: Protects against environmental damage: Olive oil's antioxidant properties protect skin cells against environmental damage and inflammation.


Coconut oil: May be linked to some potential benefits for skin, including reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties


Jojoba oil: Has anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control.


Hemp oil: Can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging from developing. The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can't be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging, so they're important nutrients to add to the diet or directly to skin


Castor oil: Is used as a natural treatment for arthritis pain, inflammation and joint pain. Castor oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties that makes it an ideal massage oil that can be applied on aching muscles and joints


Avocado oil: The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism.


Note: using oil alone is still very nourishing to the body, however if you infuse it with botanical herbs it can heighten the effects and experience immensely as the different herbs contribute their own benefits. Combining oils and herbs is one of the easiest ways to practice herbal medicine. Evaluate your personal symptoms and ailments, and symply research botanical herbs that can support and elevate your body's natural ability to heal.



Botanical herb benefits; topically, internally and aromatherapy


Lavender



Topically

  • antiseptic

  • anti-inflammatory properties

  • heal minor burns and

  • insect repellent

  • even skin tone

  • anti-aging properties

  • soothes eczema and dry skin

  • fights acne

  • skin lightening


Ingesting & Aromatherapy

  • digestive issues

  • vomiting

  • nausea

  • intestinal gas

  • upset stomach

  • abdominal swelling

  • insomnia

  • fights anxiety and depression

  • calming

  • soothes headaches

  • promotes relaxation



Chamomile



Topically

  • fade spots

  • eliminate acne scars

  • fight breakouts

  • anti-inflammatory and

  • antiseptic properties

  • antioxidants

  • protects the skin from free-radical damage

  • skin irritations

  • sunburn

  • sores

  • eye inflammations


Ingesting & Aromatherapy

  • gastrointestinal disturbances

  • including flatulence

  • anorexia

  • motion sickness

  • reducing menstrual pain

  • treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar

  • slowing or preventing osteoporosis

  • reducing inflammation

  • cancer treatment and prevention

  • helping with sleep and relaxation

  • treating cold symptoms

Calendula



Topically

  • antifungal

  • antibacterial

  • anti-inflammatory and

  • antiseptic properties

  • rashes

  • stings

  • wounds

  • burns

  • sunburns

  • abrasions

  • swellings

  • eczema

  • acne

  • insect bites

  • scrapes

  • bruises

  • chicken pox

  • cold sores

  • bacterial vaginosis (douche)

  • yeast infections (douche)

  • cervical dysplasia (douche)

  • postpartum perineal tears (sitz bath)

  • skin toner


Ingesting & Aromatherapy

  • antioxidants

  • anti-tumor

  • oral health

  • heart health

  • relieve muscle fatigue

  • peptic ulcers,

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • intestinal inflammation from infection or irritation

  • anti-inflammatory

  • antimicrobial actions


Rosemary

Topically

  • protect skin cells from damage

  • combats free radicals

  • antiseptic properties

  • disinfectant for our skin and

  • nourish hair

  • moisturized scalp

  • reverse premature graying

  • managing sebum production

  • anti-inflammatory

  • Insect repellent

  • pain relief

  • improves circulation



Ingesting & aromatherapy

  • improve brain function

  • relieve pain

  • eases stress

  • increase circulation

  • use as a stimulant

  • helps with concentration

  • awakening

  • improves memory

  • indigestion

Peppermint



Topically:

  • headache

  • pain relief

  • muscle aches

  • itching

  • antiseptic

  • cooling

  • freshening

  • antibacterial

  • antimicrobial


Ingesting & Aromatherapy

  • combats anxiety & depression

  • awakens

  • energizes

  • brings focus

  • clarity

  • digestive discomfort

  • relieve clogged sinuses

  • freshen breath

  • antibacterial

  • bloating

  • indigestion

  • relieves migraines


Directions


Materials:

  • Mason jar

  • Dropper bottle

  • Carrier oil

  • Herbs of choice


How to:

  • Fill jar ¾ full with fresh or dry herbs

  • Cover herb with carrier oil of choice

  • Seal jar

  • Store in a dark cool cupboard 2-4 weeks

  • Do not open jar as this can spoil your oil

  • Shake the jar everyday

  • After brewing, use strainer such as wire, cheesecloth or coffee filter

  • Strain until your oil is left with no more herbal particles

  • Store in your dropper bottles or keep in airtight mason jar

  • (optional) add vitamin E oil as this is a natural preservative - also serves even more health benefits!





More ways to use oil in your everyday healing

  • Oil pulling with coconut oil actually whitens your teeth while improving dental health

    • Nostril oiling:

      • killing harmful bacteria in the mouth. The mouth contains hundreds of bacteria, some of which are harmful and may lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease

      • reducing bad breath

      • preventing cavities

      • reducing inflammation and improving gum health

      • whitening teeth


  • Oiling your feet at night helps you to get more restorative sleep

    • Benefits

      • reduction in stress and anxiety

      • release of muscle tension

      • deeper sleep

      • improved blood circulation

      • better digestion

      • softer feet

      • less foot pain.


  • Nostril oiling:

    • Benefits

      • lubricates nasal passage

      • helps natural cleansing

      • lowers your risk of sinus infection and other illness

      • soothes and relieves stress

      • promotes awareness and concentration

      • nourishes the delicate nostril tissue


  • Drinking coconut oil

    • Put it in your morning tea or coffee

      • Benefits

        • speed up metabolism

        • improve energy levels

        • keeps bowels regular

        • helps raise good cholesterol

        • regulates blood sugar levels

        • liver health

        • heart health

By: Shelbi Miller

Integrated Holistic Health Coach

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