Essential oils have been used since ancient times to enhance wellbeing, treat ailments, aid beauty and for self-care practices. See our guide to using these gems to enrich your beauty regime.

Create a spa-like facial steam by adding a drop of tea tree oil to a bowl of boiled water. Hold a towel over your head and allow the antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral benefits of tea tree to clean your pores. Inhaling this steam will also help relieve sinus congestion caused by a cold or flu.

Keep your skin looking youthful with your own anti-ageing elixir. Fill up a 30ml bottle with an anti-ageing carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed and then add four drops each of rose, frankincense, carrot seed and sandalwood. This wrinkle-busting combo will boost hydration, even skin tone and stimulate collagen production.

Massaging a combination of rosehip and frankincense oil into your skin every night can help fade age spots, scars and acne scars. Rosehip contains retinoic acid rich in Vitamin A and C while frankincense aids with cell regeneration. Plus, the scent of frankincense will help calm feelings of stress and tension, giving you a good night’s rest.

Give your tresses a luxurious treat by mixing a few drops of rosemary oil to some warmed coconut and castor oil. Massage into your scalp and into the length of your locks. Rosemary will stimulate the scalp – aiding hair growth – and treat dandruff, while coconut and castor oils nourish and lock in moisture. The aroma of rosemary is said to soothe headaches and help with concentration.

Breathing in rose essential oil is said to uplift your mood, while applying it to your skin has great anti-ageing benefits. Make your own uplifting rose toner by mixing equal parts alcohol-free rose water and witch hazel in a spray bottle. Add five drops of rose essential oil and gently shake to blend. Swipe over your face after cleansing to balance skin and boost circulation. Spritz any time of the day to refresh skin and boost your mood.

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