My mum always uses tea-tree oil as an antiseptic cure-all for spots, bites, and blemishes; a habit she passed on to me. She's infamous in our family for whipping out a bottle of tea-tree oil the moment she spots a tiny mark. No matter how old we get, she'll still chase us down to dab some on. As a teenager, I used tea-tree infused products to keep acne at bay, and often used witch hazel in my skincare. I'm a long-time fan of essential oil candles, using lavender blends to drift to sleep. I'm no stranger to using essential oils, but I'm no expert either. 

Lately, my migraines have been becoming more frequent and more painful, and I'd been considering looking into how essential oils may alleviate my symptoms. As a  young person with a chronic illness, I'm always aware of the potential to develop medication tolerance, so if I can minimise my pharmaceutical use, I will. Scrolling Twitter, I discovered that the wonderful Lydia had written an article about her personal use of essential oils. It was such perfect timing and could have been written for me. So, in the words of Pam Grossman, I 'followed the trail of cosmic breadcrumbs', and placed an order with Naissance.

Witch Hazel distillate (Hamamelis virginiana) | Witch hazel is an old favourite of mine from my days as an oily teenager. Having been struggling with oily skin and breakouts for a while, I decided to go back to basics, and try a witch hazel distillate to clear my skin. It makes a wonderful cleanser, and has cleared my skin almost fully within a matter of days. It can be a little drying, so I make sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards. Many skincare gurus will advise to 'fight oil with oil', but I've found that oily cleansers lead to further inflammation for me. I use this in the evening to remove my makeup and the grime of the day, and my skin has thanked me for it. 

Rose Floral Water (Rosa damascena) | As advised on the Naissance website, I've been using rose floral water as a toner, as a follow-up to cleansing. I've heard amazing things about rose water as skincare, and I haven't been disappointed. Rose floral water leaves my skin feeling soft and plump, and restores any moisture lost from cleansing with witch hazel distillate. It smells utterly lush, and has become a valued moment in my skin care and self care routine. 

Knotty but Nice Sensual and Aphrodisiac Massage Oil | This is a pre-blended massage oil made with ylang ylang and patchouli for a delightfully sensual experience. Other oils like frankinsense and orange sweet add extra layers to the relaxing yet awakening scent. This oil leaves the skin soft, and adds a beautiful, intimate touch to a massage, whether your aim is alleviating sore muscles or something a little sexier. You know my Taurean self loves to cater to every sense, so this gorgeous smelling, skin-softening oil is a winner in my book.

Rosemary Certified Organic Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) | I've been growing out both my pixie cut and my hair dye, and in this painstaking, scruff stage, my hair needs all the assistance it can get! Rosemary oil is known to aid hair growth, so I've been adding a few drops to my conditioner and massaging it into my scalp weekly, giving my hair a nourishing hair mask. In addition to this, rosemary oil is known as a painkiller and muscle relaxant, so I'm hoping it can help next time I have a migraine. However, I am struggling not to associate the smell of rosemary with cooking, so this is an oil I'm learning to love slowly. 

Lavender Certified Organic Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) | I love lavender. It has such a pleasant smell and never fails to put me in a calm, relaxed headspace. The stress relieving and relaxing properties make it effective to combat migraines and disturbed sleep, and lavender candles have long been part of my evening routine, along with lavender heat packs on painful days. I'm hoping using lavender oil more directly will help to combat my migraines, but if not, at least my house will smell like a paradise. 

Peppermint (Arvensis) Essential Oil (Mentha arvensis) | Another purchase with my migraine-fighting endeavour in mind, I'm looking forward to trying this. The menthol is refreshing and pain relieving, making it perfect for times when I don't want to spend the day hibernating in bed. The cooling and invigorating properties make it ideal for relieving headaches, staying focused, and clearing the inner fog. 

Do you use essential oils? How do they help you? 


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  1. I love using essential oils, more so when meditating - they're so calming. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com