I make cleaner with water, tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Is this effective?
Tea tree oil is a powerful cleaning agent. Peppermint has less to offer by way of cleaning, but has a wonderful uplifting aroma that will make the job much more pleasurable. For a 22 fl. oz. spray bottle of water, I would combine 10 drops of tea tree and 5 drops of peppermint. Another option would be to add a bit of liquid castile soup. This will act as an emulsifier between the oils and the water, and will also give you some extra cleaning power. A teaspoonful added to the recipe above should do the job. Find out which other oils can be beneficial in natural cleaning preparations.
I would like to know if it is safe to use lavender essential oil or for that matter any essential oils on my face?
Essential oils can be used safely on your face, provided you take care in selection and dilution of the oils. Here are some recommended oils for specific skin types:
Normal Skin: German chamomile, neroli, rose absolute or otto, geranium, palmarosa, lavender, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang.
Oily Skin: Cypress, geranium, lavender, sandalwood and grapefruit help reduce the amount of sebum produced and have anti-bacterial properties that can be beneficial to oily skin. Other useful oils include rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang.
Find out which oils are best for dry skin, and learn how to make your own skin toner, face mask and more.
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