Oleolites are preparations obtained by maceration in oil of one or more plant parts of a plant. Maceration in oil, dating back to ancient times, allows the extraction of lipophilic active ingredients from plants.
The final result of this preparation are real medicated oils , with different coloring, aroma, flavor and properties depending on the type of plant used.
Each oleolite can be used for different purposes depending on the plant from which it derives.
Let’s find out together.
From soaking in vegetable oil of the flower calendula , you get marigold infused oil extract . It is one of the most popular natural remedies for treating most of the inflammations affecting the skin .
It is very delicate and can be safely used on more sensitive parts of the body, as well as on the skin of babies .
In almost all cases where the skin is irritated or damaged, calendula oil can come to the rescue . In fact, it has an emollient, soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory and healing action. And finally, it has important vulnerary properties, that is, it speeds up the regeneration of damaged tissues .
It is the suitable oleolite when you want to treat dermatitis of any type and in the case of children, it can be used effectively to treat atopic dermatitis and diaper rashes .
It is a fabulous remedy to soothe hives , as a healing agent after a wound , to relieve itching due to an insect or jellyfish bite .
Given its effectiveness and its extreme delicacy, it can be applied in places where it is generally not possible to use the classic creams. For example, it is the perfect remedy to treat breast fissures and to stay on the subject of “delicate points” it is also excellent for inflamed hemorrhoids (in this case you can also use aloe).
Calendula oil is useful when applied to the skin of the face, as it has a strong drying effect on acne and pimples , and on oily skin in general. It facilitates its elimination and quickly regenerates the underlying tissue.
In winter it can be useful in case of dry or chapped hands from the cold , or from the use of irritating chemicals and, hoping there was no need, also to treat chilblains on hands and feet .
Basically it is the ideal product for all occasions, one of those remedies that I would never do without and that in my opinion (but I’m biased) everyone should always keep at home!
In summary, calendula oil is indicated for :
- dermatitis, eczema, urticaria, etc.
- atopic dermatitis and diaper irritation
- breast fissures
- insect or jellyfish wounds, bites and stings;
- acne and pimples;
- dry and chapped hands;
- chilblains on the hands and feet.
It is obtained by macerating the flowers Helichrysum ( Helichrysum italicum ), the Mediterranean shrub plant unmistakable aroma that is reminiscent of licorice.
Earlier I told you about calendula oil, one of those products that in my opinion everyone should keep at home. Helichrysum oil instead is a very specific remedy, only suitable for special needs.
In natural medicine, the helichrysum is considered a remedy with important antihistamine properties .
It is therefore an excellent remedy to be used in case of symptoms of allergies and intolerances that find their manifestation on the skin. We are talking, for example, of urticaria, dermatitis, eczema, swelling, or other skin disorders whose cause is purely allergic in nature.
But that is not all. Helichrysum seems to be a highly effective remedy also for the treatment of psoriasis , both as a remedy for internal use, preparing a decoction with fresh or dried flowers, and as an oil to be applied to the skin.
Finally, the helichrysum oil also has a mild protective action against the sun’s rays and is considered an excellent alternative to the common tanning oil.
In summary, the helichrysum oil is indicated for:
- allergic reactions;
- tanning oil;
- sun protection (low).
Hypericum infused oil extract is obtained by maceration of St. John’s wort flowers ( Hypericum perforatum ) in vegetable oil. This oleolite stands out at first glance for its ruby red color .
It is by far the best massage oil . Due to its known pain-relieving action , St. John’s wort oil has been used for centuries for the treatment of muscle and joint pain and trauma . For example, we are talking about contractures, bruises, neck pain, sciatica, low back pain, etc.
Not only that, St. John’s wort oil is an excellent after-sun and can be used to treat any burns , or minor burns caused for example by a stove, or sunburn.
If you don’t have Aloe or other more suitable oils available, it can also be used to relieve itching due to jellyfish, mosquito, or other insect bites .
Despite being a natural remedy, hypericum oil has a contraindication that you need to know well.
It should never be applied before exposing yourself to the sun ! In fact, hypericin, one of the active ingredients of this plant, makes us photosensitive , that is, it tends to amplify the effects of the sun’s rays on the skin, especially in the case of people with fair complexions or with freckles.
In summary, hypericum oil is indicated for:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Stove burns;
- Solar erythema;
- Insect or jellyfish stings.
Even the lavender, like calendula, is one of those oleolites that can be employed for the treatment of several disorders. It is obtained from the maceration in vegetable oil of the flowering tops of lavender.
There are numerous species and hybrids of lavender, the one I personally prefer and use is lavender officinalis (or true lavender), as it has a very very low concentration of camphor and this also makes it useful for the treatment of very delicate skin and body areas. , as well as for the care of children’s bodies.
Lavender infused oil extract enjoys a good anti-inflammatory action and is an excellent remedy first aid to treat skin irritations due to eg dermatitis, eczema, urticaria, insect bites or jellyfish and in the absence of more specific products, even for soothe sunburn and sunburn. And if the oleolite has been made with real lavender flowers, it can also be used on the skin of the little ones .
Lavender oil is perfect for removing make-up from the face , much better than many chemicals. It is natural, leaves no trace and dissolves makeup perfectly.
In case of otitis (inflammation of the ear), lavender oil can be used as a first aid remedy to reduce inflammation . It has no side effects and is good for both adults and children. Just apply one, or maximum two drops into the ear canal and let the oil act for about 15 minutes, lying down and keeping your head tilted, so that the oil does not come out, dirtying your clothes and sheets. Once this is done, just tilt your head on the opposite side and let the oil out, using paper to avoid getting dirty.
The lavender oil, thanks to its antiseptic and healing properties, brings many benefits especially on oily skin , or with acne and pimples problems . In this case, just use it several times a day by applying a few drops on the face and letting the skin absorb it.
Finally, thanks to its antiseptic action, the lavender oil, applied to the hair , is also a valuable aid to counteract dandruff.
In summary, the lavender oil is indicated above all for :
- dermatitis, eczema, urticaria;
- insect or jellyfish stings;
- sunburn and sunburn (in the absence of hypericum oil);
- face makeup remover;
- ear infection;
- acne and pimples;
Where to buy oleolites
Our farm grows on site, near the countryside of Fermo and self-produces the oleolites of calendula, helichrysum, hypericum and true lavender. The plants are rigorously grown with natural and bio-sustainable techniques, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers and in total respect for the environment and the people who will use them.
The collection of plants for the production of oleolites is done respecting the balsamic times. The carrier oil used is sunflower oil, rich in vitamin E and with the undoubted advantage of resisting better over time than other oils, as well as having a substantially neutral taste and aroma.
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