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What are the health benefits of Essential Oils? | Breaking down the essentials

What are the health benefits of Essential Oils? | Breaking down the essentials
Some of the oldest skin health routines and “prescriptions” ever recorded for all sorts of physical, internal, and emotional ailments were essential oils, handed down through ancient wisdom over centuries, providing safe and effective empowerment for self healing. 

Growing interest in wellness has turned essential oils into a booming industry, which means oils are more accessible, but also often not authentically made or marketed by some suppliers.  Consistent with the goal to keep skin health care simple, transparent, and beneficial, we’re wading through the barrage of information (and misinformation) out there to hone in on what you need to know.


What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that contain beneficial properties and unique aromatic flavors. The extracts are created through either steam/water distillation or cold pressing. 


Benefits of essential oils:

  • Applying oils correctly to the skin allows for some of the plant’s beneficial properties to absorb
  • Inhaling aromas can stimulate and affect emotional regulation as well as physical functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate.

Some of our favorites:

  • Chamomile: mood regulation, relaxation, anti-inflammatory
  • Ylang-Ylang: headaches, nausea, skin issues, heart rate/blood pressure 
  • Jasmine: mood regulation, libido
  • Peppermint: digestive aid, energy boost, sunburns, headaches
  • Rose: mood and regulation
  • Lavender: improving sleep, relaxation, anti inflammatory, hydrating, sensitive skin
  • Bergamot: anti-inflammatory, blood pressure, anxiety
  • Frankincense: anti-aging, sensitive skin, anti-inflammatory (joints)

What to keep in mind:

Concerns about some essential oil use have stemmed from its incorrect application and source issues. 

  • It’s not recommended to apply undiluted essential oil directly on the skin
  • Essential oils should be combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba, macadamia, or coconut oil 
  • It’s important to understand the source of your oils. Oils should not be listed as “fragrance” or “essence of” and should be in dark glass amber bottles, not plastic. Labels should mention the latin name of the plant and not just the common. We’re happy to say these are the standards we uphold at Ellovi. 

The wrap up:

Essential oil therapies have long been praised for their mood balancing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and skin care benefits. These natural tools guide us back toward awareness and mindfulness as part of vital self care. The simple act of putting forth effort to take care of ourselves away from chemical, side effect ridden “treatments” and substances is a personal and collective win in the battle that exists in the skin care industry and health as a whole.

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At Ellovi we believe skin health is deeply connected to overall health and well-being. Our mission is to offer wellness using pure ingredients with safe and transparent methods. Self care is not just a luxury and it cannot wait. We’re here to remind you to invest in your health from head to toe, inside and out. 

 

Team Ellovi 🌺


Why Use Lip Balm?

Why Use Lip Balm?

Our lips are up against environmental villains every day, from sun exposure, cold weather, wind, and even our own saliva. Because they aren’t armed with oil producing abilities like the rest of our skin and are more delicate, lips require tailored TLC and attention. Protecting and caring for our lips is a vital part of maintaining overall self care and health. 

More often than not, we reach for any chapstick off the shelf to get what’s usually short term relief under which lurk harmful ingredients, leading to ongoing problems with dry and chapped lips. With all the hidden dangers out there, we’re making it easy to care for lips using just 6 ingredients, pure enough to eat.

Not only is Ellovi lip butter natural, vegan, preservative, and synthetic free, it’s infused with enriching oils to soothe and pamper lips, leaving them soft and supple. Lips butter varieties include hero oils that have anti-inflammatory properties, help with sun damage, deeply moisturize, protect against damage, and much more!

 

Tips for healthy lips

  • Dermatologists recommend 2-5 applications per day and before bed to keep lips in good health
  • Avoid products that make your lips burn or sting
  • Drink plenty of water to aid overall hydration
  • Avoid licking, biting or picking lips - these can cause dryness, cracks, and infections

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At Ellovi we believe skin health is deeply connected to overall health and well-being. Our mission is to offer wellness using pure ingredients with safe and transparent methods. Self care is not just a luxury and it cannot wait. We’re here to remind you to invest in your health from head to toe, inside and out. 

 

Team Ellovi 🌺

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

These days it’s not always easy to sift through all the skin care brands promising this and promising that to arrive at an easily informed conclusion about which products to choose. Beautifully bottled brands in glittering, elegant packaging tout the magic of their products to turn back the hands of time, to lighten, lessen, tighten, and tone. It’s exhausting!

Just as you look at nutritional facts before buying food (we hope), so it should be with skin nourishment. With all these unfamiliar ingredients, it’s easy to just hurry up and buy it, and move on. 

A few main villains in skin care products to steer clear of:

Petrolatum-mineral oils create a barrier on skin to prevent moisture loss but this can also clog pores to prevent skin from breathing. Exposure has been strongly linked to skin cancer. You’ll hear arguments that properly refined petrolatum has no health concerns, however, petrolatum is not often fully refined in the US which means chemical contaminants can be high and your pores will take the punishment. Petroleum derived skin products? Hard pass.

Parabens are used to prolong product shelf life. These have been linked to endocrine disruption, potentially causing hormonal interference. 

What does this actually mean? Let’s break it down. 

Hormonal interference can disrupt male and female reproductive system functioning, impacting fertility, development, and more. Besides that scary thought, parabens have been linked to cancer as well as triggers to allergic skin reactions. Give this one a wide berth!

With all the hidden dangers out there, It’s a relief to know that we can take care of our skin with ingredients that don’t need to be pumped up and fabricated with an epic list of additives, dyes, and artificial fragrances. Healing is and has been accessible using what nature already gives us.

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At Ellovi we believe skin health is deeply connected to overall health and well-being. Our mission is to offer wellness using pure ingredients with safe and transparent methods. Self care is not just a luxury and it cannot wait. We’re here to remind you to invest in your health from head to toe, inside and out. 

 

Team Ellovi 🌺