Essential oils are the essence of a plant, a gift from the earth, bringing the power of nature into your wellness cabinet. When you open a bottle, your senses are instantly filled with its potent aroma. Each with a unique chemical makeup, they have dozens of benefits for the body and mind. Essential oils can be used to help you physically, mentally, and emotionally in your daily life.
35 years ago, I started my journey with essential oils and have loved experimenting creating new personal fragrances and discovering different diffuser blends ever since. Some mornings I mix three or four oils together - creating a blend specific to what I need that day. Just smelling all the different scents instantly changes my mood. Some oils are soothing, toning, and grounding, while others are energizing, warming, and renewing — as you try different oils, you will learn which essential oils work best for you and your needs.
Aromatherapy history goes back to biblical times and thanks to the internet, has been gaining a lot of attention over the last few years. More people are realizing that so many of the products we use in our day-to-day lives are filled with synthetic chemicals. These unnatural products can negatively influence the way we think, feel, and live-this is where essential oils come in, offering an alternative to synthetic products.
Take frankincense for instance. Did you know that frankincense has been around for centuries and is actually the most powerful anti-inflammatory oil on this earth? Frankincense is great for all types of pain, arthritis, headaches, and anything associated with inflammation.
Another fantastic oil that everyone should have in their cabinet is lavender oil. It’s one of the most popular because of its myriad of health benefits. Lavender oil includes elements that make it effective for soothing skin irritations, reducing anxiousness and promoting a restful environment for sleep. We use lavender almost every day in our home! We either diffuse it, spritz it on our linens or dilute it with a carrier oil for our skin to help promote a clear, healthy-looking complexion. Remember to always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils to your skin to minimize sensitivity.
And who doesn’t love the spicy smell of cinnamon? It’s another popular oil because it’s such a warming scent and perfect to use throughout the winter season. This great smelling oil acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and can help you fight off colds and flu while providing several other benefits. Diffusing cinnamon provides a rejuvenating, uplifting, refreshing atmosphere for your mood.
Any of these oils mentioned would be a great addition to your holistic first-aid kit! Always read labels and package instructions before using an essential oil for the first time and if you have specific health concerns, talk to a healthcare professional first. Topically or aromatically, either way, essential oils are sure to bring you some extra joy and health benefits!
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