Recently, strep throat hit our house like a ton of bricks. It started with the 5 year old bringing it home from school. It was then passed on to the Husband and I who managed to not only pass it back to the 5 year old, but also to infect the 18 month old as well. Did I mention I’m also pregnant?
So the unborn baby had to endure this nightmare that seemed never ending right along with us.
One thing that I’m not at all fond of doing is taking medicine when I’m pregnant. I don’t much like giving it to the kiddos either, but during this bout of sickness where we dealt with temperatures up to 105 degrees, it didn’t seem like there was much of a choice.
I decided to turn to essential oils, since many of my friends suggested them. After reading up on the various uses for essential oils, I realized that a very important aspect is the carrier oil. This is the oil that you use to dilute the essential oil (which are highly concentrated).
I’ve been experimenting with many types of oils, but two of my favorites come from a company called Radha Beauty. They sent me out bottles of their Argan Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil, in exchange for my honest review.
So… here it is!
While this oil can be used for either hair or skin, I found it to be most useful in my hair. I mixed about 10 drops (it comes with the dropper included) with one drop of rosemary (which promotes hair growth), and used it as a moisturizer for both my hair and the girls.
I also found using it as a shine serum after styling was highly effective.
The Argan Oil also left my skin feeling soft when I used it as a moisturizer at night. It rubs in very easily, and doesn’t leave behind any oily residue.
I’ve used coconut oil very often, but never fractionated. The difference with fractionated, is that it doesn’t harden like regular coconut oil does. This comes in handy if you plan on using it in your hair during the winter, as regular coconut oil will cause it to harden.
I found this oil to be most useful on our skin.
For Caelyn (the 18 month old) who has very bad eczema, I mixed about 10 drops of the coconut oil with one drop of lavender and used it both on her skin, and as a diaper rash cream. It worked well, and her diaper rash cleared up after only one night of use.
This fractionated coconut oil alone worked wonders at removing make-up. Cyanne (the 5 year old) had a cheerleading competition last weekend. They wear makeup when competing, and it’s usual quite the struggle fighting her to remove it afterwards… leaving her skin red and irritated. The coconut oil effectively removed all traces of the make-up (including mascara) after only gently rubbing it across. No roughness was required.
I mixed the coconut oil with a bit of peppermint and rubbed on both the girls feet to use as a fever reducer.
I planned on using it for oil pulling as well, but after some research I found that fractionated coconut oil may not have the same results as regular coconut oil when it comes to oil pulling, so I opted not to.
Overall, the quality and packaging of both oils was wonderful. Both oils are 100% pure Certified Organic, and I can’t say that I have any complaints. I look forward to finding (and sharing) more uses for both in the near future!
What’s your favorite carrier oil?
Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.