Essentials oils are becoming more and more popular because of their ability to reduce stress, energize, calm, and even relieve symptoms of illness. It is relaxing to go the spa and get a massage with essential oils, but essentials oils are also something you can use every day in your own home.
There are several different types of diffusers. The basic function is the same. A diffuser disperses the oil into the air in your home. Then, you can easily inhale the oil as you go about your day, benefiting from its scent. In addition to experiencing the benefits of a particular oil, your home will also smell lovely.
Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. These oils can often act as a disinfectant for injuries, relieve dry or irritated skin, relieve headaches, or simply provide a calming effect. Be careful because many oils are so potent that they act as skin irritants in high concentrations. These oils must be diluted in a carrier oil. Almond oil and even olive oil can work as excellent carrier oils. Many essential oil retailers sell roll on style bottles to mix up essentials oils with carrier oils to keep on hand. The University of Minnesota suggest three drops of oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil for small areas of topical application. For massage purposes, the oils should be diluted even more.
Take a Bath
A bath on its own is a great way to relax, but add a few essential oils and it becomes a spa treatment in your own home. You can use a bath to help induce sleep, relieve anxiety, and combat stress. Some great oils to use in a bath are lavender, sandalwood, neroli, and jasmine. Jolene Hart of Beauty is Wellness suggests adding a few drops of oils to olive oil or whole milk and then pouring it in the bath. That will prevent the essential oils from evaporating as soon as they are dropped into the hot water. In addition to restoring your mood, essential oils in your bath can also rejuvenate your skin.
One or two drops of oils can be added to a steaming bowl of water. Place your head over the bowl and inhale the steam deeply. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemon used with this method can be especially effective for relieving symptoms related to common colds.
Find a Guide
There is an impressive variety of essential oils and blends available. All of them have different properties, uses, outcomes, and sometimes risks. Check a thorough guide to find the essential oil that is appropriate for your needs. You should also be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you may have and don’t use oils that are related to those plants. There are many guides available online. Many essential oil retailers also offer guides. Consult the guides so that you can get optimal results from your essentials oils.