Essential(s) Oil of the Month: Kanuka, Manuka, & Tea Tree for Acne

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Kanuka, Manuka, and Tea Tree oils are all essential oils from shrubs that can be found in New Zealand and Australia. They have antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. These oils are great for acne, cuts, boils, sinusitis (to be breathed in by steam), fungal infections, and oily skin due to their drying nature. They should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. For oily and acneic skin grape-seed, *hazelnut*, jojoba, and peach kernel are good choices for carrier oils. Add a few drops of Kanuka, Manuka, and Tea Tree essential oil(s) to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to oily or acneic skin if that is your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

*Avoid if you have a nut allergy or sensitivity! If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

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