Essential oils have been used for endless generations for their medicinal, detoxifying and comforting properties. Nowadays, there are so many available from all the health shops on the high street. It’s easy to get lost in a minefield of gorgeous-smelling drop bottles without actually knowing which one does what! Here are seven of the most popular essential oils on the market, how to use each one and what they’ll do to make your relaxation time a little more beautiful.
Not only is it freshness in a bottle, peppermint oil also has so many healing properties. It’s good for digestive problems such as IBS, relieves headaches and eases nausea. Dilute the oil and rub it onto the stomach to ease any discomfort or to get rid of colds or repel insects. You can also use your peppermint oil in an essential oils diffuser to create a peaceful environment for relaxation and reflection.
The Eucalyptus leaf is an old-fashioned remedy for common colds, inflammatory illnesses and as an effective insect repellent. For steam inhalation, add a few drops into the water. Alternatively, you can rub it over the chest to open the airways for comfort and clarity. This is the perfect oil for when you’re feeling exhausted or run-down. Take an evening to treat yourself to a Eucalyptus aromatherapy session before bed.
Lavender oil is known for its calming properties and its ability to relieve muscle tension. It’s a great room scent, sprinkled onto cushions or rugs in small amounts. It’s also known for giving a calming atmosphere to your lounge or bedroom. When you’re feeling anxious and tense, put a couple of drops on your pillow before you lie down or add a few drops to massage oil to ease knotted muscles.
Bergamot is a richly fragrant citrus fruit from South Italy and is often found in many luxurious scents. The essential oil has many calming properties. These properties are proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. You can cleanse your body in the shower with a small amount of Bergamot oil or use an oil diffuser in your room to take the edge off everyday stresses.
Lemon oil is a household oil, great for cleaning and washing dishes, but also has many wellness benefits too. To make drinking your two litres of water a day more interesting, add a drop or two of lemon water. This will give a fresh flavour and a citrus boost to your immune system. It is also said to be a mood-booster and can elevate your happiness when used in small doses.
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Myrrh is known to be a wonder for dental and oral health in general with its astringent properties but the aromatherapy benefits are also super interesting. It also encourages the nervous system meaning your thoughts, blood flow and circulation are all stimulated. If you’re going through hormonal imbalances or it’s your time of the month it eases the imbalance and calms your anxieties. It’s also a sedative and relaxant which relieves mood swings.
Tea tree Oil
The smell of Tea tree oil has a distinctively pungent and medicinal scent that is comforting to many, especially if you’re feeling dizzy or uneasy. It’s an invigorating and elevating fragrance that is incredible for energising you when you’re desperate for that extra few hours in bed. Use very sparingly in your bath for an uplifting start to the day.
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Disclaimer: The only thing to keep in mind before using any essential oils is that some are unsuitable for use by people who are pregnant, people who have epilepsy or people with allergies. Always seek medical advice before using.