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In talking to friends about aromatherapy and essential oils, I noticed something very interesting. Not everybody has a complete picture of the benefits of essential oils.
Most people’s idea of the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils is typically restricted to just one aspect.
While some have experienced or at least heard about the benefits of essential oils for physical health, they were surprised to hear that essential oils can also be used for mental well being and for healthier skin and hair.
Still others knew about using essentials oils as a disinfectant but did not know it could also be used as an insect repellant.
So they were all a little right and a little wrong.
The truth is, you can use essential oils to empower almost every area of your life.
It’s impossible to cover ALL the ways essential oils can benefit you but here’s a bird’s eye view of how you can empower different areas of your life using essential oils.
Essential Oils for Physical Health
Aromatherapy essential oils have long been used to alleviate the symptoms of several physical conditions, from colds and headaches to muscular pain.
Take a look at how you can use essential oils to treat or manage some of the more common health complaints.
To use essential oils to soothe your headache, mix 2 drops of your preferred oil with 1/2 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil. Gently massage this mix on your temples, or around the headache area.
Adding a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil in a diffuser is very effective for managing tension and stress headaches.
Relieve Congestion & Sinus Symptoms
A few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl of steaming hot water is the fastest and most effective remedy for sinus relief, and for clearing a blocked nose.
To use essential oils for congestion and sinus relief, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of steaming hot water. Create a tent with a towel and inhale the eucalyptus-infused steam to clear the nasal congestion and sinuses.
Interestingly, a lot of your favorite over-the-counter sinus relief medications already contain eucalyptus essential oil.
A strong immune system is key to staying healthy and more resistant to various types of illnesses. Essential oils can help when used in conjunction with other natural ways to boost the immune system.
Manage Chronic Pain
Essential oils can be used along with other treatments to manage chronic pain.
Get Relief From Allergy Symptoms
Allergy season can make life miserable to those who get affected by the high pollen levels. Essential oils can help.
Heal Infections Faster
Topical application of tea tree oil is amazing for preventing or treating all kinds of skin infections, from acne, cuts, and scrapes, to a swollen hangnail. Remember to mix 2 drops of the oil with a carrier oil before applying to the skin.
Relieve Muscular pain
Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint essential oils are very effective for treating muscular pain. Mix a few drops of any one of these oils with plenty of coconut oil, and massage the area thoroughly before resting the muscle.
Reduce Internal pain
To treat non-muscular internal pain, mix basil, sage, and rosemary oil in equal proportions. Rub this blend deep into the area before applying a warm wet towel or a hot water bottle over the area to helps the oils seep deeper into the tissues. Soaking in a tub of warm water will also help the oils seep deeper.
Essential Oils For Mental Wellbeing
Stress is becoming increasingly more prevalent today, leading to several other issues. Fortunately, there are many types of essential oil treatment that can help you manage stress and discomfort, whether you live with it every day as a part of mental illness or whether it is just a temporary problem caused by your situation.
This is one of the most popular uses of aromatherapy and relaxation. Learn more about how to use Aromatherapy For Relaxation + Top 10 Relaxing Essential Oils
Stay More Focused
Just as it works for relaxation, aromatherapy also works very well to help you stay more focused. You’ll be especially glad to use aromatherapy for focus when you’re working from home and find yourself getting continually distracted by what’s happening around the house.
Aromatherapy and essential oils work wonders to calm anxiety and panic attacks.
Read more about The Best Essential Oils To Calm Anxiety And How To Use Them
Rose essential oil works really well to boost your mood. Mix 2 drops with a carrier oil and apply it to your neck, temples, and hands for a sense of peace and serenity.
Soaking in a warm bath with a heavy dose of rose oil and peppermint is known to help reinvigorate and elevate your mood. Another little trick to create a positive environment is to add an essential oil that reminds you of happy times. pssst… Rose essential oil is also the reigning aphrodisiac essential oil.
Aromatherapy and essential oils are fantastic for helping you fall asleep at night. They also work to help you sleep longer so you wake up feeling well-rested and raring to go. The important thing is to know which Essential Oils Are Good for Sleep & How to Use Them.
Essential Oils For Skin & Hair
Essential oils are used in a wide range of beauty treatments, particularly because they are so effective at fighting the signs of aging and ill health.
To calm acne breakouts, make a sugar scrub with Manuka honey, tea tree oil, carrier oil, and finely granulated sugar. Rub it gently onto your face and use circular motions. Rinse off. Use daily. This sugar scrub fights the infection and cleanses the pores.
For cellulite, harness the powers of grapefruit. Put a few drops of grapefruit essential oil into a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and massage into the areas twice daily. It will not get rid of the cellulite, but it will reduce its appearance. If you want to fight stretch marks and skin sag too, add frankincense and myrrh to the mix. Consider using cocoa butter instead of coconut oil for sensitive skin.
Natural Hair Care
To thicken hair, add rosemary essential oil to your shampoo, or make a shampoo of your own with coconut milk, lavender, rosemary, and some aloe vera gel or rosewater. This should strengthen and thicken your hair. For greasy hair or persistent dandruff end your shower by rinsing your hair in water with a few drops of tea tree oil in it.
For treat dry hair, put a teaspoon of rosewood oil, two drops of sandalwood oil and three of lavender into almond oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. Massage the mixture to warm it before applying to your hair and allowing to soak in for 20-60 minutes before rinsing. Use two tablespoons of the mixture and comb through the hair for a stay-in conditioner for textured hair.
To get rid of age spots, sun spots, and dark circles, mix a drop of frankincense essential oil with a small amount of pure virgin coconut oil and apply on the blemishes every morning and night to slowly fade them. But always watch any marks on your skin in case they seem abnormal. If they grow, talk to your doctor.
To soften dry, cracked skin on your feet or hands, mix lavender oil into pure virgin coconut oil and massage deeply into your skin every night. Use food grade lavender oil in coconut oil to make a healthy lip balm too.
Treating Your Environment With Essential Oils
Bad odors are more than just irritating or unpleasant. They are often indicative of stale air, illness, and bacteria.
When your rooms smell bad, don’t just spray an air freshener to mask the smell. Address the root cause of the problem.
Many essential oils are antibacterial and balancing and can be used to freshen up carpets, curtains, and beds.
Put a few drops of any of these top antibacterial essential oils in a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water to dilute the oil. Shake the bottle to split up the droplets of oil. What you have is a bottle of all-natural, non-toxic solution that is effective for misting large areas with an essential oil.
Spraying this diluted blend on your upholstery and furniture will help kill excessive dust mites, reduce the number of harmful bacteria around you and also make the room smell a lot nicer.
Most essential oils can be used around the house, but make sure to check in advance before applying any to wood or fabric. Some essential oils will stain, bleach, or damage fabrics and woods. If there is no information and you are not sure, test a tiny drop of the pure oil somewhere inconspicuous and see if it damages the furniture.
If not, you’re good to go!
Surprising Uses Of Essential Oils For Home And The Environment
Essential oils are amazing for around the house. They form the base of a lot of natural home cleaning products. Once you know how to make your own, you may never go back to conventional household poisons and detergents.
To clean crusty burn marks from pans, stoves, and ovens use a combination of boiling water and lemon essential oil. You can either mix them directly or apply the lemon first, let it soak, then use the scalding water to rinse. Sometimes two treatments are needed, but after this, the crust lifts off.
To stop cats and dogs from chewing your sofa and shoes, nothing beats tea tree oil. Other than the occasional weird dog that loves it, the vast majority of dogs and cats hate the taste and will not chew or even scratch or be near something that has been sprayed with tea tree oil.
To keep rodents and spiders at bay, make use of their natural aversion to peppermint. Use peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle and spray any areas where rodents or spiders get into the house, as well as around door frames and skirting boards. You can even use reed diffusers in key locations to keep your home pest-free!
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While there are many ways you can empower your life with essential oils, buying so many different oils individually can turn out to be very expensive. If you have decided to use aromatherapy and essential oils to empower different areas of your life, you are better off buying a set of essential oils.
You will find a wide range of essential oil sets marketed by reputable brands. Here are some sets that I highly recommend:
Plant Therapy’s starter set is another great buy. It includes 6 of their top selling single oils, 2 carrier oils, 4 roller ball bottles, and 4 inhalers.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.