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Vitamin E Oil Massage

Woman getting an oil massage

Vitamin E has many health benefits. Your doctor may recommend it for boosting your immune system, preventing stroke induced brain damage, and even curing certain cancers. But vitamin E can also do wonders for your nails and skin. Read on to learn about how vitamin E oil can be beneficial to your nails, hands and feet.

Vitamin E can be taken orally or in liquid form. “Oral vitamin E increases blood circulation, thus improving the amount of blood flowing through the nail-growth structures,” says health writer Kathy Mayse. Nails are created from dead keratin cells which accumulate as a result of cell formation and division in the nail growth structure.  This would not be possible without adequate blood supply. An increase in the blood supply may lead to faster, stronger, healthier growth.

Vitamin E oil can also be applied directly to nails. Bad habits, natural elements, and the manicure process can make nails dry and brittle and ultimately damages cuticles. When cuticles dry out, they lose natural fats which help keep them soft. Vitamin E can be instrumental in keeping them moisturized and healthy.

Vitamin E oil can be extracted directly from vitamin E capsules or bought in oil form. Deblina Biswas at The Fit Indian recommends coating all nails with the oil and massaging gently for five minutes before going to bed for best results. Doing this on a daily basis can result in noticeable changes in nail appearance and condition.

Vitamin E oil can also be used to soften rough patches of skin on your body, and what more common place to find rough patches than the bottom of your feet? The website ‘Dan Likes This’ recommends an effective process involving vitamin E oil to keep your feet from getting dry and rough:

  • Soak feet in Epsom salt and water for 30 minutes
  • Remove loose, dry skin by scrubbing with a toothbrush
  • Rub vitamin E oil on affected areas or all over feet
  • Put socks on to keep oil on your feet
  • Repeat process for at least 5 days

Dan stresses the importance of using a quality Vitamin E oil, and not a cream.

Like your feet, hands can get excessively dry as well and vitamin E oil can help. People looking to relieve problems with dry skin can treat hands by massaging in vitamin E oil. For an effective treatment, apply vitamin E on hands before bedtime, cover with gloves and leave on overnight. Some believe that vitamin E can help reduce the appearance of scars which commonly appear on hands but research as to whether this is true is inconclusive.

So, we see how massaging Vitamin E into skin helps to soften and moisturize hands and also help blood circulation. For the ultimate in healing, softening and soothing, ask your massage therapist to add Vitamin E into the massage oils he or she is using for your next session. I can’t think of anything more wonderful.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

natural tea tree oil
The pharmaceutical industry is growing rapidly with new advances constantly emerging. But with side effects and chemicals in question, it’s nice to know that there is one ingredient that is all natural, can be found in many kitchen cabinets and in many skin care products, and can help with illnesses and other unpleasant conditions. That ingredient is tea tree oil.

Tea  tree oil is considered one of the most effective remedies for acne. One study found it to be just as potent as benzoyl peroxide without negative side effects such as peeling and redness.

Tea tree oil can also be beneficial for the hair and scalp. It is effective on dandruff and can even be used to remove lice. To make a shampoo, mix several drops of the oil with coconut milk, aloe vera gel and essential oils like lavender oil.

Tea tree oil Cleaning
Tea tree oil also makes a great household cleaner. It has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria. Mix the oils with water, vinegar and lemon juice and use it to clean your bathroom and kitchen areas.

Psoriasis and Eczema
Because tea tree oil can reduce inflammation, it can also be effective in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema.

Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
Because tea tree oil is effective against parasites and fungal infections, it’s useful in the treatment of toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Put the undiluted oil directly on the effected area with a clean cotton swab.

Mold grows in many homes, often without the owners being aware of it. You can buy a diffuser and diffuse tea tree oil in the air around your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria. You can also spray tea tree oil cleaner onto your shower curtains, laundry machine, dishwasher or toilet to kill mold.

Tea tree oil can eliminate body odor. Its antimicrobial properties destroy the bacteria that causes odor. Make a homemade deodorant by mixing tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda.

Cuts and Infections
Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil can help treat wounds. Make sure to clean the cut with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary. Then apply tea tree oil and cover the cut with a bandage.

Oral Health
Because tea tree oil kills bacteria and reduces inflammation, it’s a great ingredient for a toothpaste or mouthwash. It can reduce bleeding gums and tooth decay. Mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda for a great homemade toothpaste.


Benefits of Palm Oil

When it comes to tropical oils, coconut oil is the most well-known and widely used, but a new tropical oil is beginning to becomes more prevalent in both the health and beauty industries. Palm oil is the second most common produced vegetable oil worldwide, but it is just now getting some major attention. According to the American Palm Oil Council, palm oil has been consumed and used for a variety of health benefits for more than 5,000 years. Find out what palm oil is and what benefits it has below.

Palm fruits and oil

What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil comes from one of the few fatty fruits in existence and has a fatty acid composition different from other plant and animal oils. Palm oil is comprised of 50 percent saturated, 40 percent unsaturated and 10 percent polyunsaturated fats, and it is also loaded with several phytonutrients:

  • Alpha-, beta- and gamma carotenes (carotenoids)
  • Sterols
  • Tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E derivatives)
  • Phenolic acids
  • Flavonoids

Benefits of Palm Oil

  • Anti-Aging – Vitamin E harnesses its antioxidant power to fight off free radicals that cause skin damage and fine lines and wrinkles, and vitamin E in the form of tocopherol is a common ingredient found in anti-aging beauty products because it is a powerful antioxidant. While tocopherol is a great anti-aging ingredient, palm oil contains a derivative of vitamin E that is even more intense and is a stronger antioxidant than tocopherol. Tocotrienols are harder to find than other vitamin E derivatives and are able to penetrate your skin in order to provide protection from the base up.
  • Moisturizing – Palm oil is found in numerous skin care and beauty products ranging from cleansers to lotions, and even in some foundations. Vitamin E has been used for a long time to treat problematic skin because it is nourishing and palm oil is a great source of vitamin E. As stated above, palm oil penetrates the skin deeply and while this provides protection, it also provides deep conditioning to your skin.
  • Lowered Disease Risk – While palm oil is still being studied in regards to its disease-related benefits, palm oil is associated with lower risk of:
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Blood clotting
    • Cancer
    • Cataracts
    • Cognitive decline
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Macular degeneration
    • Vitamin A deficiency

There is some controversy surrounding palm oil and whether or not it is actually beneficial to your health, but there is positive research that suggests palm oil does provide health benefits. As with all oils, you want to look for palm oil that has been cold-pressed and unrefined. If you use a palm oil that has been refined, you negate any of the positive impacts that it can have for your health, so be sure to buy cold-pressed, unrefined palm oil.