Coconut oil is a wonderful cleanser, moisturizer and sun screen, and can also be used to treat many skin disorders. The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation and moisturize making it ideal for treating insect bites, rashes, small cuts and scrapes. It has many antioxidants that make it ideal for healing and protecting the skin. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties that balance out the potential sources of many skin conditions.
Beeswax contains Vitamin A and provides long-term moisturizing, actually locking moisture into the skin. It also has anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe easily irritated skin. This makes it ideal for the treatment of skin allergies or other skin problems like rosacea or eczema. Beeswax also has anti-germicidal properties which can help heal minor skin cuts, abrasions, scrapes and wounds. Beeswax acts as a layer of protection when applied to the skin, protecting the skin from environmental irritants and even the weather.
The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It has anti-inflammatory qualities reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites and is also used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It inhibits bacterial infection and improves the formation of scar tissues, so it is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns. Lavender oil is a potent repellent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths.
Melaleuca/ Tea Tree oil
Melaleuca oil is an effective anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal home remedy. It is effective in the treatment of cuts, burns, boils and as an antiseptic. It soothes the skin and reduces the redness and itching of rashes. It can also be applied to soothe insect bites or to act as an insect deterrent.
Unlike most vegetable oils, jojoba oil resembles sebum which is a waxy substance produced by our skin glands. Therefore, it acts as a natural skin conditioner and protects the skin from drying out. Jojoba can reduce the oiliness of skin by modulating sebum production. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects. It can provide relief for eczema sufferers and sun burn. It contains vitamin E and B-complex vitamins which help repair damaged skin and prevent further damage.
Lemon grass oil
Lemon grass oil has a stimulating, relaxing, soothing and balancing effect. The compounds in this oil have anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon grass oil is known to prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria. It has skin healing properties and is an effective cleanser. It has a high citral and geraniol content that repels bugs and even kills fleas.
Calendula has been known to have antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and vulnerary actions that help heal stubborn wounds. It soothes and softens skin, while moisturizing and reducing any pain from skin damage.
Olive oil contains antioxidants like vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols, which help restore skin to a smooth surface and protect against ultraviolet rays. They prevent ageing and free radical damage to skin. It penetrates deeply into the skin providing a cleansing effect while not blocking pores.
Citronella oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties. It has toning effect on the body and can reduce oiliness by balancing the skin. One of the main benefits of citronella oil is its ability to repel and even kill insects.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that removes free radicals and protects against toxins. It improves immunity levels, and helps the healing process. It can be used for treating sunburn or protection from the sun. It can also be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. Vitamin E also oil helps the skin retain its natural moisture content.