Bust cramps, stress and acne with these wonder products

We’re always looking for the next best beauty and health products. Sure, the brand spankin’ new products on the market may seem like they can solve all the your problems and then some. But what about trying some techniques that are brand spankin’…old? 

Dating back to the Ancient Egyptians (Cleopatra was their biggest fan!), essential oils have literally been around for, well…ever. From teen queens to actual queens, essential oils have been used as healing and beauty products around the world. And the best part is? They have no harmful chemicals to your body because they’re totally natural!

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    What: Lavender oil

    Where: Edens Garden Lavender 100% Pure, $7,

    Vitacost 100% Lavender Oil, $7,

    NOW Foods Lavender Oil, $15,

    Young Living Lavender Oil, $30,


    Why: Lavender oil is great for lotsa things, especially for stress relief. A couple of sniffs of lavender and rubbing lavender oil on your wrists can ease tension and lull you to sleep. Lavender oil is also a natural antihistamine, meaning it can help take the itch out of seasonal allergies, bug bites and pesky skin problems, like eczema or sunburns.

    Who: Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, the cast of True Blood, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    What: Coconut oil

    Where: Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $6, at Trader Joe's stores

    Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $8,

    Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $12,

    Viva Labs Organic Coconut Oil, $13,

    Why: Want to completely rejuvenate every aspect of your life? Meet coconut oil. This wonder oil can whiten teeth, help with weight loss, boost your metabolism, improve nail and cuticle appearance, heal chapped lips and even give your skin a healthy glow. Slather on as a hair mask to moisturize hair, fight frizz and nix dandruff.

    Mix coconut oil into our tea? Don’t mind if we do! Some companies that specialize in essential oils, such as Young Living Essential Oils and doTERRA Oils, are safe to consume, but others may not be. Look at the bottle first to make sure they’re pure and safe for consumption.

    Who: Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Vanessa Hudgens, Kendall Jenner, Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto

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    What: Peppermint oil

    Where: NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, $5,

    Vitacost 100% Pure Peppermint Oil, $6,

    Aura Cacia 100% Pure Essential Oil Peppermint, $6,

    Young Living Essential Peppermint Oil, $23,

    Why: When you hear peppermint, you probably think about fresh breath or Christmas candy, but there’s actually tons more to it. Rub peppermint oil on your stomach for that-time-of-month cramps, or onto your temples to battle a brutal headache. 

    If the label says it’s safe to drink, add to your tea to soothe a tummy ache. For a li’l boost of energy or quick stress buster, take a whiff, breathe deep and smile. Works for sniffles and cold symptoms, too.

    Who: One Direction, Jennifer Lawrence, Debby Ryan, Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Sofia Vergara, Mariah Carrey, Julia Roberts

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    What: Tea tree oil

    Where: NOW Foods Pure Tea Tree Oil, $6,

    Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads, $8,

    Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, $8,

    Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil, $9,

    Lush Tea Tree Water, $10,

    Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $12,

    Why: We know, we know: Won’t putting oil on oily skin just cause more painful pimples? Actually, no! Some oils do the exact opposite and clear your clogged pores. Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning buh-bye acne. 

    It’s proven to reduce redness and treat acne as effectively as benzoyl peroxide with less harmful side effects. Be careful, though, because it can be strong and cause your skin to dry out. So, be sure to either dilute it with water or—more effectively—jojoba oil before applying it to the affected area, or buy a cream or wash that has tea tree oil as one of its prime ingredients. Hint: it can also help with ingrown hairs!

    Who: Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Kim Kardashian

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    What: Argan oil

    Where: Saadia Organics Argan Oil, $12,

    Aria Beauty 100% Pure Argan Oil, $14,

    Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $16,

    100% Natural Argan Oil by Natural Beauty Brand, $20,

    Why: Do you have skin that’s dry, not cracking? Are your locks stiff and dull, not flaking? Do you have the occasional pimple, not the never-goes-away acne? This is where argan oil comes in. 

    Argan oil (aka Moroccan oil or ‘Liquid Gold’) is a moisturizing, healing and conditioning oil that’s not so much a direct target to skin and hair problems, but helps prevent them and soothe the occasional flare up. It’s great at taming frizzy hair, repairing damaged hair, moisturizing and soothing skin and healing acne. It can be used as a gentle lip balm or cuticle softener. Use it as a quick facial before applying makeup.

    Who: Taylor Swift, Leighton Meester, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Kylie Jenner, Kaley Cuoco, Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson

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    What: Rosehip Seed Oil

    Where: Life-Flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil Organic, $8,

    Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil, $11,

    NZ Fusion Notanicals Pure Organic Certified Rosehip Seed Oil, $15,

    Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, $20,

    Sukin Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, $20,

    Why: It’s in a lot of beauty products and creams already, but the natural extract does wonders for your skin alone. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, rosehip seed oil is an amazing treatment for dry skin, sun damage (which is common in these summer months!), helping diminish the appearance of scars and evening out your skin tone.


    This all-in-one product can be used for almost anything when it comes to your skin, acting as a makeup remover, a moisturizer and tons of other things. It’s non-greasy, super absorbent and rejuvenates your skin with a healthy glow since it’s packed full with vitamin C.

    Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Jade Thirlwall, Kate Middleton, Miranda Kerr, Rose Byrne

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by Kate Radin | 2/1/2016