Healing Power of Plant-Based Oils

kokoberna healing plant oils for skin

 

Healing Power of Plant-Based Oils for Skin

Among the pleasant, rejuvenating things we like most about being close in nature are the smells of plants – the perfume of the honeysuckle, the smell of fresh grass, or the soothing fragrance that wafts up from the needles and bark of cedar, juniper, spruce, and fir trees. All of these aromas come from essential oils, broadcast by plants as their means of communication between themselves, the animal kingdom, and people. 

Scientifically, we know that these natural aromas are more than just pleasant. They are emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically healing. Not only providing the power to heal us when we are ill, but to nurture and preserve our health when we are well just by breathing in their aroma. Even when the fragrances of the flowers and trees are too faint to be detected by our sense of smell, the molecules of oils are still in the air, administering therapy to us. When we dwell among nature, we are continuously inhaling the aroma of essential oils, twenty-four hours a day, whether we are aware of it or not.

 

Plant Oils as Universal Medicines

Plant oils regulate plant growth hormones and they also provide the basis for the plant’s immune system warding off viruses, bacteria, parasites, and insects. When a plant is cut, it bleeds the oleo-gum-resin into its wound which initiates its self-healing process, similar to a blood clot forming when we cut ourselves.

Thus plants and their oils can support and balance our endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems. Many oils (diluted or undiluted) applied to the skin, which is part of the integumentary system, boost the skin’s natural defense, accelerate healing, and retard the aging process even oftentimes preventing skin cancers and other skin diseases.

The beauty of plant oils as medicines is that they don’t have negative side effects like synthetic drugs and chemicals of modern pharmacology. When oils are properly applied and used in a certain way they possess the divine intelligence to know how to do what is beneficial and to avoid that which may bring harm.

 

Two Kinds of Oils in Plants

Most plant seeds contain both fatty and essential oils. When the seeds are pressed to squeeze out their vegetable oils, the essential oils usually evaporate, leaving the fatty oils behind. In some cases, the leaves and stalks of a plant (such as dill) produce a different essential oil than the seeds. Hence, from the same plant source, both fatty and aromatic oils can be obtained, as well as more than one variety of the aromatic kind.

Fatty base oils are vegetable, nut, or seed oils, many of which themselves have therapeutic properties. Mainly produced for food (such as olive oil), plant oils are an excellent source of nutrients and when applied to the skin, as in ancient cultures, they are highly penetrative and naturally calm inflamed skin, reduce scarring, and rejuvenate aging skin. 

Essential oils are the life force of plants. Most essential oils are noticeably fragrant – some strongly so, some pleasant, and some not so pleasant. Their nano-molecular size enables them to penetrate human tissue and pass through cell membranes into our bodies through the olfactory system. In so doing, the essential oil molecules not only reach all parts of the body via the blood stream accessed through the lungs, they also go directly to the brain, crossing the blood-brain-barrier. Thus originates the term aromatherapy where essential oils can be applied for therapeutic purposes merely by inhaling or breathing in their aromas.

 

Oils and Emotions

One of the most powerful healing effects of combining fatty base oils and essential oils is the ability for the fatty base oils to heal skin on the outside and the essential oils to gently tone down their volatility to penetrate skin further and access the blood-brain-barrier to provide a powerful means to contact that non-verbal part of the brain that stores our feelings and emotions. Feelings and emotions that unknowingly cause skin damage over time. 

This is why when you apply a CASA KOKOBÉRNA skin care product to your skin, the unique aroma of therapeutic-grade essential oils (such as Rose, Helichrysum Immortelle, Egyptian Jasmine, and Frankincense among others) are specially blended to evoke a harmonious emotional experience that calms inner fears, elevates your spirit, and subsequently work synergistically to repair the skin. 

The energy of plant oils are pure, pristine, and dynamic but also gentle. The essential oil of rose has one of the highest electromagnetic frequencies taking up to 5,000 pounds of organic rose petals to produce one pound of pure rose essential oil with Helichrysum Immortelle having the second highest electromagnetic frequency. Helichrysum, more precious, has to be distilled within 24 hours after the fresh flowers are harvested otherwise they begin to rot and the entire harvest is wasted. Such precious ingredients, indeed, but also powerful healing oils and especially uplifting emotionally.

 

 

 

The CASA KOKOBÉRNA Ritual

Explore how the CASA KOKOBÉRNA collection fits together beautifully, each product complementing the rest, to create a routine that allows your skin the space and tools it needs to discover its own natural balance and rhythm. This is my personal ritual, detailing my care for both morning and night. Use this as a starting point, feeling free to adapt to meet the unique needs of your individual skin.

 

The CASA KOKOBÉRNA Ritual - AM

Daily, dispense 4 to 5 pumps of the CLEANSING MILK into the palm of your hand, step into the shower and add a little bit of water

Massage gently into face and neck with your fingertips and allow to sit for a few minutes

Toward end of your shower, face into the water to rinse the cleanser away easily

Finish with a blend of the MIST, the SERUM, and the FACE OIL layering and massaging all three as one into your warm, wet skin for deepest possible absorption. Don’t skip the eye area and lips.

Gently cup your hands over your mouth and nose. Close your eyes and inhale the aroma of the therapeutic essential plant oils. See what you experience. See how it makes you feel. During this time, I typically recite an affirmation such as “I love my skin. It is clear and radiant

 

The CASA KOKOBÉRNA Ritual - PM

Pour CLEANSING OIL into the palm of your hand and swipe twice

Gently cup your hands over your mouth and nose. Close your eyes and inhale the aroma of the therapeutic essential plant oils. Taking deep breaths set an affirmation to release the day such as “I release the day and appreciate this time for self-love”.

Press into dry skin and gently massage to breakup and remove long-wearing makeup and/or sunscreen.

Follow by moistening the FACIAL STEAM CLOTH with warm water and place it on your face like a comforting mask, gently sweeping upwards. Rinse and repeat until skin is soft and cleansed.

Dispense 4 to 5 pumps of the CLEANSING MILK into the palm of your hand, apply to moist skin with wet fingertips.

Again, moisten the FACIAL STEAM CLOTH with warm water and place it on your face like a comforting mask, gently sweeping upwards. Rinse and repeat until skin is soft and thoroughly cleansed.

Splash the exfoliating TONER onto skin or saturate a cotton round and apply to skin

Finish with a generous portion of the MIST and 5 drops of the FACE OIL massaged together into damp skin. Don’t skip the eye area and lips. Mist skin again.

Gently cup your hands over your mouth and nose. Close your eyes and deeply inhale the aroma of the therapeutic essential plant oils. See what you experience. See how it makes you feel. Complete your ritual with an affirmation such as “As I lay down to sleep, my skin heals with ease and grace”. Look at your eyes in the mirror, smile, and silently say “I love you”.

 

The CASA KOKOBÉRNA Ritual - Supplement

Twice to thrice a week, combine CLEANSING MILK with 1 scoop of the MASK, step into the shower and add a little bit of water to lightly blend both products.

Massage gently into face and neck with your fingertips, allow to sit for a few minutes.

Toward end of your shower, face into warm water to rinse the cleanser away easily

Finish with a blend of the MIST, the SERUM, and the FACE OIL layering and massaging all three as one into your warm, wet skin for deepest possible absorption. Don’t skip the eye area and lips.

Gently cup your hands over your mouth and nose. Close your eyes and inhale the aroma of the therapeutic essential plant oils. See what you experience. See how it makes you feel. During this time, I typically recite an affirmation such as “I love my skin. It is clear and radiant

 

May you always be beautiful,

 

Belinda Kokoeka Bassey Ephraim

 

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“We capture the art of ancient alchemy and painstakingly transform nature’s active plant materials into an elixir that your skin immediately recognizes; allowing the plant actives to repair the skin’s lipid barrier, diminish the most visible signs of aging, and build-up your skin’s defense mechanisms.”

CASA KOKOBÉRNA, CEO & Founder