Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Birch (Betula lenta)
Children? Not suitable (due to Birch)
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable (due to Birch)
Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated All Routes: Anticoagulant, Diabetes, Diuretic medication; Childbirth, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
This blend is effective for mild acne, wounds and fungal issues. Birch encourages the peeling of the top layer of skin and opens plugged follicles, which helps re-establish the normal skin-cell replacement cycle. Lavender is known to be very healing to the skin and Tea Tree fights fungus and bacteria.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
*See Safety information at the bottom of this page
Dilute Complexion (see Dilution Chart), and use from a spray bottle or roll-on applicator for ease of use. (Traditional dilution suggestions for short-term use: dilute up to 15%; for daily use, 1-3%.)
The best protocol we've seen is to use a natural, goat milk soap to initially wash the face, and then apply Complexion Blend by spraying into the palm and applying with fingertips of other hand (avoid the eyes). After a few minutes it may be desirable to use a damp terry washcloth and gently scrub in a circular motion over the face. Some have found it desirable to leave this blend on overnight.
1. I am thrilled to find this blend! Not only does it make my skin feel youthful, but it is very pleasant smelling too. I look forward to using it both morning and evening. My complexion has really improved. - L.L.
2. I just wanted to get back with you and let you know that my son has Angular cheilitis, and I have used Complexion blend on it 3 times today, and it is already disappearing. It is amazing!! He has suffered for months with it and nothing would work. Then I thought about trying an essential oil. WOW, I should have tried this sooner.Thanks so much!! - J.G.
3. Complexion is the only essential oil we had with us this summer on a vaction in Canada. For insect bites, it is awesome!!! It stops the itch immediately!! My whole family loves it for every skin irritation we get. - Denise P.
4. Believe it or not but I noticed my deep wrinkles on my forehead get better with continual use of Complexion spray. I would not use around eye though. - Bobbie
5. I have had wonderful success eliminating cystic acne by cutting out beef ? gluten, and using the Complexion blend. - Nicole
6. I have been using "Complexion" for acne and it's improved a lot! - Kristin
7. I absolutely love the Complexion blend! I have always had regular acne breakouts, even now at age 30. I also have Dermatillomania (skin picking disorder), so every time I have breakout I end up with scabs all over my face from picking at my acne. I have started using a drop of Complexion with my moisturizer every morning and it has worked wonders! It helps my scabs heal faster and seems prevent the bad breakouts. For the first time in my adult life, I had the confidence to leave the house without wearing concealer! I recently ran out of Complexion and immediately had a breakout again, so I'm glad I got my new shipment in the mail today! - Stephanie
8. Used this blend for my son's forehead acne, where nothing else had worked. We had tried all sorts of natural remedies, including gut health support/diet. Within a week of using Complexion/fractionated coconut oil, ALL of his blemishes were cleared up. AMAZING! Thank you. - Kim
9. My tween began getting mild acne around her hairline, nose and on her chin. We put Complexion blend into your Black Cumin Seed oil at a 3% dilution rate per your chart. She has been using it daily to moisturize her face after showering. Her face improved within 48 hours. We also used the same oils at a 10% dilution in a roll-on applicator that she can put directly on red spots. Within a day, the redness has disappeared. Thank you for this great blend. We will be adding your Honey Oatmeal goat milk soap with our next order. By the way- this is a kid-approved post. My daughter asked me to tell you about it because she's sure other pre-teen girls would appreciate the info. :) - April
10. We’re using HEO's Complexion with a little extra Tea Tree oil to calm our daughter's perioral dermatitis. The medication from the dermatologist made it much worse. The Complexion is the only thing that soothes it and clears it up. We also use HEO's Jojoba oil to soothe her raw nose during colds. The oils are the only thing my daughter’s very sensitive facial skin will tolerate. - Tracey
Birch: Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).
Birch Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch can be toxic. 5mls of Birch is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL. Oral Caution: GERD disease.
Tisserand writes about Wintergreen, which has the same properties as Birch:
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014.