This natural aromatherapy facial cream is easy to make and perfect for dry skin or problem skin (particularly hormonally-linked problem skin). It makes about 3 medium sized jars.
To make the face cream, you will need:
6 ounces of organic sweet almond oil
2 ounces of organic avocado oil (If you can’t find avocado oil, you can substitute more sweet almond oil).
Beeswax (3/4 cup shaved—use a grater)
1 teaspoon lecithin granules dissolved in 1 cup of lukewarm water
Chamomile (10 drops)
Eucalyptus (6 drops)
Frankincense (2 drops)
Lavender (20 drops)
Patchouli (2 drops)
Ylang ylang (10 drops)
You can use a different combination of the essential oils if you prefer. Use about 30 to 50 drops of combined essential oils for this recipe.
How to Make the Cream
Measure the sweet almond and avocado oil into a sterilized Pyrex container. Add the shaved beeswax. Bring a double boiler filled with water to a boil. Set the Pyrex container in the box, gently warming the oil and beeswax mixture until the beeswax is melted. Remove immediately from the stove. In a separate bowl, dilute the lecithin granules in the cup of lukewarm purified water. Pour the water-lecithin mixture into the blender and begin blending. Slowly add the oil mixture, blending until the mixture forms a cream. Finally, add the essential oils (chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, patchouli and ylang ylang. Blend until combined. Immediately fill sterilized glass jars and label. The cream lasts about 6 months when kept refrigerated.
Keep reading to learn about the healing properties of this cream…
About the Oils
Both sweet almond oil and avocado oil are gentle and skin-nourishing.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) was chosen for its ability to inhibit bacteria, fungi, and toxins on the skin, which are frequently linked to hormonal skin breakouts. Chamomile is suitable for sensitive and inflamed skin conditions. Chamomile has also been linked to healing boils, rashes, broken capillaries, allergic skin reactions, and improving the rate of healing for wounds, burns, and eczema. Emotionally, chamomile is a natural antidepressant, and lessens oversensitivity, stress, anxiety, hysteria, insomnia, or suppressed anger.
Eucalyptus (radiata) has natural antiseptic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties, and is effective against acne. It reportedly increases energy, counters physical debility, and restores emotional balance.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) helps dry and sensitive skin and counters bacterial infections that may be linked blemishes. Emotionally, frankincense is reported to enhance spirituality, mental perception, meditation, consciousness, and prayer, fortifying and soothing the spirit. It also reportedly benefits memory and sleep, releases anger, anxiety, stress, and depression.
Keep reading to learn about the therapeutic properties of lavender, patchouli, and ylang ylang essential oils…
Lavender (Lavandula officinale) is reported to aid in cellular regeneration, preventing scarring from acne, slowing wrinkles, and reducing skin infections. Lavender is also used to aid: anxiety, irritability, exhaustion, insomnia, depression, and stress.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) has cell-rejuvenating, antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-infectious properties. Patchouli is believed to counter nervousness, anxiety, oversensitivity, and depression.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) assists with relaxation and fatigue. It helps soothe dry skin.
Read more about Aromatherapy: 9 Aromatherapy Essentials
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP.