After years of wasting money trying out various skin & hair products from different toxic and all natural companies, I've found that I don't need as much as I thought I did. I truly prefer creating my own concoctions because I can research ingredients, and customize what works best for me. I now have a humble collection of natural oils that are versatile enough to be used in the in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and for traveling. While there is a vast array of different oils with infinite health benefits, here are 2 oils that I use often to keep my skin healthy, and my hair antenna activated n flowing..
Virgin Coconut Oil
If I could had to choose 1 oil to use for the rest of my life out of all the wonderful natural oils in the world, I would choose Virgin Coconut Oil because it is highly medicinal, therapeutic, and healthy for you inside and out. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, boosts your immune system, anti-inflammatory, full of anti-oxidants, and it gives and gives. Besides cooking with it every day, and oil pulling in the morning after I brush my teeth, I love to use coconut oil on my skin and in my hair.
Hair: For daily treatment, after I shower I'll rub a dime size amount into my palms onto my damp hair, and run my fingers through my strands, twisting down onto the ends. This does well for detangling and conditioning dry ends. // Once every 2-3 weeks I'll do a deep conditioning with coconut oil by mixing it with half a lime (for dat glossy shine), or 10 drops of rosemary essential oil (to promote hair growth). I then massage it into my scalp (to prevent dandruff) down to the end of my strands, and leave it in a tied up bun for 20 minutes or however long I please. Afterwards, I thoroughly shampoo it out and often times won't need to condition. Finally I finger comb my strands or use a wooden brush when I'm in a rush, and let it air dry, never blow dry.
Skin: Applying coconut oil on your body after the shower locks the moisture inside your skin. It is one of the best remedies for dry skin next to shea butter. When I don't have much time to lather on shea butter, I'll opt for coconut oil, especially during the summer months because it spreads quickly and leaves a natural shine on my legs. I like to set aside a mini spray bottle, and mix 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil into coconut oil for it's relaxation effects. I'll usually rub some coconut oil on my skin before bed during my evening meditations/prayers because it helps me enter a calmed state of being and stimulates my bodily senses and aids in activating my higher chakras.
Jojoba oil is produced from the seed of the jojoba shrub which grows native to northwestern Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. What makes jojoba oil unique from other oils is that it is chemically and structurally very similar to the human sebum. (If your skin has too much sebum, you'll probably have acne, if your skin has too little sebum, you'll probably have dry, cracked skin). It is a more lightweight oil that is full of Vitamin E, so it is widely known for it's health benefits for the skin!
Skin: I use jojoba oil to remove all my makeup, as it is a safe and healthy alternative to any chemical product you can buy. It is also the lightest oil I've ever come across, so it doesn't leave a sticky residue behind. Because it is non-toxic, non-comedogenic, and non-allergenic, you won't experience any allergic reactions, and it won't clog your pores. You can safely use it as an oil cleanser if you do that sort of thing, as it will remove all impurities from you face. It can even be used as treatment for scars and stretch marks, cuticle oil, and as a shaving gel.
Hair: Jojoba oil is so beneficial for your hair, no matter if you have greasy hair, dry hair, or are suffering from hair loss, there is an answer in jojoba oil. You can use it by mixing it into your shampoo as a cleanser, or mixing it into your conditioner for moisturizing because it helps control the sebum production in the scalp, clearing out clogged pores, and promoting hair growth. I created my own hair oil to bring with me wherever I go by combining jojoba oil with coconut oil, a bit of aloe vera, and some essential oils like Jasmine, Palo Santo, and Lavender for auric cleansing and protection. A little goes a long way, so it lasts for a long time!
Pray over your oils.
It's extremely important to be mindful of the thoughts that you are having while you cleanse and nourish yourself with these oils. For just as you 'lock in moisture' into your hair and body, you are also locking in the ideas, images, and words into your psyche that you will carry with you during the rest of your day. As you bless the oils and honor the process of using them, you will invite sacredness into your daily rituals, a space for you to anoint yourself, release, and create your destiny. You can find peace and draw energy from the source (The Divine Creator) of these oils because of where they come from, how they were made, and how the healing ingredients in them are natural. After 2 weeks of experimenting with some of these oils, you will find what works best for you and realize how versatile they are, that they will replaces all old products that you once used. Let that inner sun glow!