Homemade Cosmetic Recipes

At Ygeia our purpose is not only tied to selling a product but also help the world to improve their health and lifestyle. In an aim to accomplish that, in this section we explain what an essential oil is, how it works, and also added different ideas and remedies for 4 areas of your life in which everyone can use the oils: Home & Cleaning, Skin and Beauty Care, Natural Remedies and Spirituality & Gifts.

WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL EXACTLY?

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid that contains aroma and compounds from plants. They are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or aetherolea. Any pure essential oil contains the essence of the plants fragrance and also the beneficial characteristics of the plant it was extracted from.

HOW ARE THEY MADE?

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping and cold pressing. The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels.

WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR AND HOW ARE THEY APPLIED?

They have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medical and health purposes. Essential oils uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, persona beauty care, cooking and of course medicine treatments. These haling oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act without any side effects.

All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical and internal methods. They can be used a single oil at time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

-When inhaled essential oil the molecules reach the brain in 22 seconds.

-When applying them topically before end of 2 minutes it will be found in the blood. -When consumed, at the close of 20 minutes every cell in the body will have been

DIY Ideas and Recipes

Skin & Beauty Care

1. Honey and Oatmeal Face Mask:

2 tablespoons of oats
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of plain yogurt 

2. Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub:

2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Combine the ingredients to create a scrub. Gently massage it onto your face or body in a circular motion for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. This exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. 

3. Avocado and Banana Face Mask:

1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of honey

Mash the avocado and banana together, then add honey. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Avocado and banana are packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin.

4. Green Tea Toner:

1 green tea bag
1 cup of hot water
1-2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Steep the green tea bag in hot water, then let it cool. Add lavender oil if desired. Use a cotton ball to apply the toner to your face after cleansing. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can help tighten and refresh the skin. 

5. Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub:

1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
A few drops of lemon juice

Mix the ingredients together and gently exfoliate your lips with the scrub. Rinse off and apply lip balm for soft, smooth lips.

6. Cucumber and Aloe Vera Soothing Gel:

1/2 cucumber, peeled and blended
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

Blend the cucumber and mix it with aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture to sunburned or irritated skin for a cooling and soothing effect.

Remember to do a patch test before using any new skincare product to ensure you don't have any adverse reactions. Additionally, if you have specific skin concerns or allergies, consult with a dermatologist before trying new homemade skincare recipes. 

7. Chamomile and Lavender Face Steam:

2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
4 cups of boiling water

Place the dried herbs in a large bowl, pour the boiling water over them, and create a steam tent by placing your face over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Steam your face for about 10 minutes. This herbal steam can help open pores, cleanse your skin, and promote relaxation. 

8. Calendula and Coconut Oil Salve:

1/4 cup dried calendula petals
1/2 cup coconut oil
Beeswax pellets (optional for added thickness)

Infuse the dried calendula petals in coconut oil by heating them together in a double boiler for about 2 hours on low heat. Strain out the petals, and if you desire a thicker consistency, add beeswax pellets. Once cooled, apply this salve to dry or irritated skin for soothing relief. 

9. Rosewater and Witch Hazel Toner:

1/2 cup rosewater
1/4 cup witch hazel
A few drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Mix rosewater and witch hazel in a clean bottle. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you prefer a fragrance. Use a cotton ball to apply this gentle toner to your face after cleansing. 

10. Herbal Green Tea Face Mask:

2 green tea bags
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey

Brew the green tea and let it cool. Open the tea bags and mix the tea leaves with yogurt and honey. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Green tea is packed with antioxidants that can rejuvenate the skin. 

11. Lavender and Oatmeal Bath Soak:

1/2 cup dried lavender buds
1 cup colloidal oatmeal

Grind the dried lavender buds into a fine powder and mix them with colloidal oatmeal. Add this mixture to your bath for a soothing and relaxing soak. Lavender is known for its calming properties. 

12. Mint and Cucumber Cooling Face Mask:

A handful of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cucumber, peeled and blended

Blend the mint leaves and cucumber to create a paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. This mask is refreshing and can help reduce puffiness.

These herbal skincare recipes utilize the natural benefits of herbs and botanicals to nourish and pamper your skin. However, always perform a patch test and consult with a dermatologist if you have any skin concerns or allergies.