For several years now I’ve been trying to gradually reduce the number of products I use that include harmful chemicals. With a house full of children and animals, I want to reduce their exposure to dangerous toxins and carcinogens. This goal has been a slow process and every time I make progress, I like to share these successes with you in case you’d like to integrate some of them into your own life.
My latest endeavor has been to start replacing my chemical-laden hair and skin care products with natural alternatives. Because of the tonifying and clarifying characteristics of rosemary essential oil (along with the added perk that I love the scent of rosemary), I’ve been incorporating it into a lot of my homemade beauty recipes.
Homemade Hot Oil Treatment
I am pretty hard on my hair. Between my blow dryer, straight iron, and curling iron, my locks incur a lot of damage. Aside from using conditioner after every shampoo, I’ve found that an occasional hot oil treatment (once every week or two) does wonders to eliminate dryness and restore shine.
You can easily make your own hot oil (only two ingredients!) and skip the expensive, chemical-laden store bought option.
- 3-6 tablespoons of a carrier oil e.g. olive, coconut, jojoba
- 2-4 drops of rosemary essential oil
Combine ingredients in a small, microweave-safe bowl. For short hair, use 3 tablespoons oil. Use more oil for longer hair. Stir well.
Place bowl in microwave and heat on high for 10 seconds.
Brush hair thoroughly before applying oil to remove all knots and tangles.
Test oil on wrist before applying to hair to make sure it isn't too hot.
Leaning over a sink, slowly pour a small amount of oil onto your hair. Massage the oil into your scalp and then pour more of the oil onto your hair, massaging it into your scalp and working it through your hair each time you add more.
Once you have applied all of the oil, massage your scalp and hair for one to two minutes to make sure the oil is thoroughly applied.
Wrap your hair in a towel or cover with a shower cap.
Leave the oil on for 30 minutes.
Remove the towel or shower cap and wash hair thoroughly with a gentle shampoo.
Rinse hair with warm water and then apply a small amount of conditioner and work through entire length of your hair.
Rinse hair with warm water to remove the conditioner.
Comb hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles and let hair air dry.
Tip: Want to enjoy the hair benefits of rosemary essential oil without the mess of a hot oil treatment? Add it directly to your shampoo or conditioner. Use 2 drops for every ounce of shampoo/conditioner.
I have four kids, three of which are teenagers. Unfortunately for them, both my husband and I had extremely oily skin in our teens and thus, they were genetically predestined to suffer the same fate. We buy a lot of products designed to combat oily skin. Rosemary is renowned for its tonifying and clarifying qualities so I decided to use it in a homemade toner.
- 3 T water
- 5 tsp witch hazel
- 1 T lemon juice
- 2 tsp rubbing alcohol
- 5-7 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 3 oz bottle.
Secure lid and shake well.
Store in a cool, dark place.
As a 40-something mom, I am on the warpath against wrinkles. I NEVER skip my daily moisturizer.
After trying everything from drugstore brands to high end anti-aging “miracles,” I’ve come to the conclusion that they all work pretty much the same when it comes to keeping my skin moisturized. While I have noticed differences for specific skin problems (e.g. puffy eyes, age spots), in terms of daily moisturizing, I’m confident a homemade version is just as effective as an inexpensive store brand or a luxury department store brand (based on my own experiences).
Thankfully, making your own moisturizer is not only inexpensive, it’s also super easy.
PRO TIP: This moisturizer is especially effective if you apply it after exfoliating with a face scrub.
- 1/2 cup of a carrier oil e.g. argan, jojoba, grapeseed, avocado, or olive
- 20-25 drops of rosemary essential oil
- Optional: 1-2 drops of carrot seed oil
Add carrier oil to a 3-oz bottle.
Add rosemary essential oil and if desired, carrot seed oil.
Secure lid on bottle and shake well.
Store out of sunlight. Can be kept for 8-12 months.