Essential Oils and the Skin

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Essential Oils and the Skin

Toulou Organics Skincare at The Anti-Ageing Show 2016, Olympia, London.

What are essential oils?

  • Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils to the body via topical or inhalation. They are extracted from the plant anatomy, namely the flowers, leaves, bark and roots.
  • The dictionary definition of an essential oil:

                     ‘a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.’ 


History of Essential Oils

Civilisations that have traditionally used essential oils:

  • Egyptians in perfumery and embalming.
  • China, it is said that all ‘Citrus species’ originated in this land.
  • The Middle East, Greece and Rome joined the club in the latter part of 800 AD and later.
  • India possesses an extensive selection of plants of which essential oils are extracted and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine dating back to the 4th century BC.

Essential Oil benefits

Essential oils act to protect the skin against premature ageing by:

  • Regenerating skin cells.
  • Provide antioxidants to fight free radicals.
  • Promote collagen and elastin production.
  • Hydrate the skin by stimulating the sebaceous glands.
  • Provide a natural SPF.

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  • Scientific Research quantifying the benefits of specific essential oils and their effect on the skin are increasing and revealing the amazing results and benefits, affirming the long held knowledge of historic civilisations. One such essential oil is:myrrh_essential_oil

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

The results confirm that scented myrrh possess genuine wound healing activity supporting the traditional use of the plant.’”

                Michael Gebrehiwot, Kaleab Asres, Daniel Bisrat, Avijit Mazumder, Peter Linderman and Franz Bucar. Evaluation of the wound healing property of Commiphora guidottii Chiov. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015; 15: 282

‘A study of the Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)’

one of the best oils for diverse dermatological problems such as oily or congested skin, eczema and dermatitis”

              Mohamed Nadjib Boukhatem, Abdelkrim Kameli, Mohaned Amine Ferhat, Fairouz Saidi and Maamar Mekarnia. Rose geranium essential oil as a source of new and safe anti-inflammatory drugs. Libyan J Med. 2013; 8:  10.3402/ljm.v8i0.22520;


Scientific Research has further confirmed the following essential oils have therapeutic benefits to the skin.

           Antioxidant (Free Radical Scavenging) essential oils:

  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Juniper (Juniperus phonicea)

                Ivana Binic, Viktor Lazarevic, Milanka Ljubenovic, Jelena Mojsa and Dusan Sokolovic; Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies. Vol 2013, Art ID 827248.

‘Therapeutic Approach for Wound Healing by Using Essential Oils of Cupressus Family Antioxidant and Enhances Collagen strength.’

  • Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus)

               Chanchal Deep Kaur and Swarnlata Saraf. In vitro sun protection factor determination of herbal oils used in cosmetics. Pharmacognosy Res. 2010 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 22-25

Essential Oils – with Sun Protection Factor 1-7

  • Lavender (6) (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Rose (1) (Rosa damascena)
  • Peppermint (7) (Mentha piperita)
  • Tea Tree (2) (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Our award-winning ‘YouthfulFace Oil contains the following essential oils with the following TOULOU_ORGANICS-Youthful (1)therapeutic benefits for mature skin:

Frankincense essential oil:

  • Cicatrisant promotes the formation of scar tissue.
  • Cytophylactic encourages growth of the skin cells
  • Vulnery prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds.

Rose essential oil:

  • Cicatrisant promotes the formation of scar tissue.
  • Emolliant used externally to soften and soothe the skin.
  • Hydrating

Neroli essential oil:

  • Rejuvenating effect by stimulating the growth of healthy skin.


By: Andrea Lawrence, MIFA – Toulou Organics Skincare Ltd

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