With the changes in my skin and hair due to lupus I discovered the benefits of natural oils in place of store bought synthetic moisturizers and creams, and I am not turning back.  My skin changes depending if I have a flare and it is even more sensitive to the changes in the weather than it used to be.  My hair, especially when I am on prednisone tends to become even drier so thicker oils like argan and olive oil work wonders for me.  Here is a list of oils that are currently in my regimen and I have also added other uses for them.  Give them a try in place of a moisturizer for at least a week and see what a difference it can make.  


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The antioxidants contained in olive oil can benefit more than your heart. Because this substance prevents cell destruction, it fights the signs of aging and gives you a more youthful appearance. When applied topically, olive oil moisturizes and softens dry skin. Since the product is natural, adverse reactions are not common.


I use it as a body moisturizer; I put it on right after taking a shower while there is still some water on my body.  It is easily absorbed by the skin and doesn’t leave me sweating in the Texas summer heat. The problem with a lot of commercial skincare products is that the moisturizing ingredients don’t penetrate the skin. Extra virgin olive oil is composed of more than 80 percent oleic acid. This substance easily penetrates the skin, and allows the oil to heal damage, reduce wrinkles and improve texture.


If you struggle with dry, brittle hair, keeping a bottle of olive oil handy can help. A weekly deep conditioner of olive oil can be used in the place of products that contain silicone ingredients to make the hair more manageable. Shampoos that contain sulfates will strip the moisture out of your hair and make it look drab and lifeless. Using olive oil in the place of your regular commercial conditioners can moisturize the hair and give it a healthy sheen, depending on your hair type.  For me, I add it a natural deep conditioner or use it for a hot oil treatment.


Olive does more than make delicious dishes. It is well documented that, when combined with a nutritious diet, this oil’s antioxidant properties can have a positive impact on cholesterol levels and heart health. In addition, when added as part of a regular beauty regimen, it can improve the health of your skin and hair.



Coconut Oil

 You may have already made the switch to coconut oil in the kitchen, but did you know you could also swap out some of your beauty products for the wonder oil? This do-it-all ingredient can be used to moisturize skin and remove makeup, but that’s just the beginning. I use it as a main part of a protein treatment for my hair before I wash and condition it.  I also frequently cook with it and the flavor that it adds to the food is remarkable. Here are all the ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine (until we discover more!).


  • Coconut oil is a creamy solid at room temperature, and turns to liquid when heated to 76°F. While in the shower, melt your coconut oil by running the jar under the warm water. Then, after shampooing, apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks


  • As a solid, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. Apply a quarter sized amount right after you get out of the shower so it can sink into your warm skin. The light tropical scent that lingers after it’s applied. Add in a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil for a massage mix.


  • Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder and throw it in your purse so you can dab it on with your finger throughout the day. Feeling fancy? It’s easy to create your own pretty package. Start out with this plastic pot or this aluminum tin, both available on Amazon.com.


  • Cuticle Softner, under eye cream, frizz fighter, Body scrub, shaving cream, makeup remover.


Argan Oil

Argan Oil in its pure form is very expensive, so of course it is the oil that works best for my hair.  I usually get cold-pressed organic argan oil from a health food store.  There are a lot of products that claim to have argan oil but oftentimes they are so watered down.  I use it as a sealant after I moisturize my own hair for shine and it does wonders for me:

Below are a few other ways to use organic argan oil in your daily life:

  1. Face Moisturizer – After cleansing morning and/or night, massage a few drops of argan oil directly onto your face and neck. Since argan is considered a dry oil, it absorbs quickly and is not greasy. If you want to use it as a serum, apply your night cream after the oil absorbs into the skin.  Then apply a drop beneath your eyes with the same gentle tapping. The vitamin A and vitamin E can help to reduce fine wrinkles and keep this delicate area moisturized.
  2. Hydrating Toner – Add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously. You can make your own toner by adding a few drops of argan oil to Rose or Orange Blossom water.
  3. Rejuvenating & Brightening Face Mask – Add a few drops of argan oil to your store-bought mask. Alternatively, make your own mask by mixing 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
  4. Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Moisturizer – To smooth and moisturize your lips, add a few drops of argan oil and vanilla extract to fine brown sugar. Lightly massage into lips using circular motion and rinse off.
  5. Face Glow – Add a drop or two of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for a dewy, luminous glow.
  6. Leave-on Conditioner – After the shower, while your hair is still wet, add a few drops of argan oil to your hair, ends and scalp to hydrate and moisturize. It’s especially nourishing if your hair is dry from daily use of a blow dryer, straight-iron or curling iron.
  7. Acne- Great news for anyone that is suffering from acne – argan oil has been proven to reduce sebum levels in individuals with oily skin!  Women who have never had acne before are finding in that in their 30s and 40s, this pesky condition arises and it is often difficult to treat.

Chemical creams can be expensive, and in the long run truly do more harm than good. Argan oil’s high linoleic acid content helps to reduce inflammation caused by acne, (not to mention rashes, infections and bug bites) while helping heal damaged skin cells.

If you are using argan oil as your moisturizer, but are still fighting acne, place a drop in the palm of your hand and lightly dab a bit extra into problem areas. To fight stubborn or persistent white heads, be sure to make the toner above, using a couple of drops of tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil compliments the argan oil benefits beautifully with its rich content of anti-oxidants and its inherent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties(3). Together, they can help fight stubborn acne while reducing the inflammation, and scarring.

Stretch Marks

Argan oil can help prevent stretch marks by improving the elasticity of the skin. Warm 2-3 drops of pure argan oil in the palm of your hands and gently rub your stomach, hips, thighs or any other potential problem areas.

The vitamin A and vitamin E will help to rejuvenate the skin while moisturizing, making stretch marks less likely to form. If you already have a stretch mark or two (or six), start by massaging argan oil and brown sugar into the affected areas before your next bath. Rinse well and apply the oil to the affected areas prior to dressing.

Razor Bumps and Burn

Razor bumps and razor burn are uncomfortable and unsightly. Argan oil is an effective treatment to soothe and heal for men after shaving, as well as women for their legs and bikini line.

Warm a drop or two of the oil in your hands and lightly massage into the affected area. The healing power of the oil will astound you. Some individuals note a reduction in the number of ingrown hairs present as well.

Whole-Body Moisturizer

Once you see amazing ways that argan oil benefits your face, do not hesitate to use it as your whole-body moisturizer! Hopefully, you are currently using an all-natural moisturizer (like coconut oil) on your body and avoiding the harsh hidden chemicals that are present in most lotions and moisturizers.

Add just a couple of drops of argan oil to your food-grade carrier oil of choice (coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, or sesame) to immediately reap all the benefits of this healing natural oil. If you have dry patches on your heals, elbows or other areas, massage an extra drop into those areas for relief. More information: http://draxe.com/argan-oil-benefits-skin-hair/

Overnight Hair Treatment

Massage a generous amount of argan oil into your hair, ends and scalp. Wrap your hair and leave it on while you sleep. In the morning, wash your hair and you’ll have luminous, soft locks.

This oil is gentle, and safe to use around your eyes.

Apply one drop to your face, using a tapping motion, from the bridge of your nose to your temple, and back again.

Skin Toner

Skin toning is an important step in your skin care routine. For an all-over glow, add 2-4 drops to 8 ounces of your favorite toner, or better yet, make your own chemical free, all natural toner at home!

Simply pour one cup of boiling water over a green tea bag and let steep for 7-10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and allow to come to room temperature. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil (orange, lemon or tea tree are great), and 2-4 drops of argan oil, and seal in a jar. Use morning and night after cleansing, and before moisturizing.


Do-it-yourself exfoliators are not difficult to make, and are significantly less expensive than what you can purchase in the store, plus when you add argan oil, you get all the anti-aging effects too!

To experience the argan oil benefits while exfoliating, just mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with a couple of drops of argan oil in your hand. Rub into your face in a circular motion for 2-4 minutes; pay special attention to acne prone areas and areas that are dry. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while giving you a younger fresher complexion. With the aid of the brown sugar, the argan oil’s nutrients are more readily absorbed into your skin.

Use this exfoliator for more than just your face! If you have dry elbows or heels (or during an at-home pedicure) mix up a bit more to massage the dry and dead skin away!


Tea Tree Oil or Melaleuca Essential Oil


Ready to use tea tree oil to transform your health? Here are the top 10 uses for tea tree oil for natural cures and home remedies.

Tea Tree Oil for Acne

One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, and it’s considered one of the home remedies for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the negative side effects of red and peeling skin.

You can make a tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off.

Tea Tree Oil for Hair

Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Like coconut oil for hair, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice. To make homemade tea tree oil shampoo, mix it in with aloe vera gel, coconut milk nutrition and other essential oils like lavender oil.

Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning

Another fantastic way to use tea tree oil is as a household cleaner. Tea tree oil have powerful antimicrobial properties and can kill off bad bacteria in your home. To make homemade tea tree oil cleaner, mix with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil.

Tea Tree Oil for Psoriasis and Eczema

Tea tree oil can help relieve any type of skin inflammation, including being used as a natural eczema treatment and for psoriasis. Simply mix one teaspoon coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil to make homemade tea tree oil eczema lotion or body soap. In addition, if you have eczema or psoriasis, you should consider going on the GAPS diet and supplementing with vitamin D3.

Tea Tree Oil for Toenail Fungus and Ringworm

Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Put tea tree oil undiluted on the area and, for stubborn fungi, it can also be mixed with oil of oregano. Tea tree oil has also been proven beneficial for treating and removing warts, so simply put tea tree oil directly on the area for 30 days.

More information: http://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits/

*Note depending on the pureness of the essential oil it is advised to dilute tea tree oil or melaleuca oil with a carrier oil: jojoba, coconut, or olive oil.

Amla Oil


How is Amla oil made?
  Amla oil is made traditionally by immersing the amla fruit in oil. Coconut oil, sesame oil or mineral oil is typically used for this. After soaking for few days, use the oil, of course after removing the fruit and filtering and purifying the oil.

Let us know the benefits of Amla oil on the hair:

  • Amla oil is known to be effective for hair loss treatment
  • To prevent premature graying of hair
  • Scalp related issues
  • To promote hair growth
  • Removes unwanted flakes of the scalp

How does amla oil help in hair issues?  Everybody knows that massaging the scalp is a sure shot way to increase the blood circulation and massaging the hair with amla oil does that more effectively. Apart from that amla oil helps in opening up the pores thus allowing the scalp to produce natural oils. Find the best benefits of scalp massage and how to give yourself a scalp massage.

Prevents hair fall:
The main reason for breakage of hair is the deficiency of vitamin C and an easiest way to get vitamin C is, yes! You guessed it right! It is with amla. To fix this issue, you can use amla oil directly on your scalp or consume the fruit. You can also buy amla oil from a store or just crush the fruit in order to extract its juice. To make a good hair potion, just take 2 teaspoons of amla juice and add equal mount of lime juice. Mix this well and apply it on the scalp and leave until it dries and later rinse it off with warm water.

To fix Dandruff:
It is common knowledge that amla is a good conditioner however it also has anti-dandruff properties. To get the best of this, you can use amla oil and also at times amla powder with water and this paste needs to be applied on the scalp. You can also add a few tulsi leaves into it, this works well even against dandruff.

To condition the hair:
Amla oil is a great to nourish your tresses. It adds colour as well as texture to the hair and at the same time nourishes it well too. You can add amla powder in your usual hair mask or apply amla oil regularly before bath.

  • Amla oil can be applied after washing the hair with shampoo. This acts as an excellent conditioner for hair. All you need to do is massage amla oil into the scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
  • To cure dandruff, you can massage amla oil into the scalp, cover it with a shower cap and leave it overnight.
  • You can mix amla oil with other oil and use it on your hair for better benefits too.


Grapeseed Oil:

Grapeseed oil: If you have dry or any other skin type, you can use grapeseed oil blindly all over your body. Many beauty experts consider it as one of the best skin oil for all types even oily. It’s very thin oil but still very nourishing and hydrating. You can also use this oil as under eye oil to keep under eye area nourished. Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin C which not only keeps your skin hydrated but regular usage will also make your face glow and reduces marks. You can also use it as anti-aging oil.