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The Benefits of Essential Oils

Do you have that one holistic, "hippie" friend or family member that randomly pulls out a bottle of essential oil at every chance they get? Well, they might know something that you don't.

Essential oils have been used for centuries for their healing and therapeutic properties. They're extracted from plants and contain the natural essence of the plant’s fragrance and medicinal properties. Essential oils are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes, including your self-care routine, massages, aromatherapy, and skincare. If it's from the earth, it essentially means it's good for us.

Let's discuss the benefits of essential oils and how they can be used in everyday life.

How to Use Essential Oils

1. Aromatherapy

One of the most common uses of essential oils is in aromatherapy. Essential oils can be used to create a relaxing and calming environment, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve sleep quality. The scent of essential oils can also help to improve mood and mental clarity.

I personally love to use essential oils during my shower. I pour a few drops on my shower wall, and allow the steam to diffuse the oil throughout the bathroom. This makes the room smell amazing and I'm able to inhale the scents.

I also use a diffuser when I'm not in the shower. You can check out this simple and affordable diffuser that I've been using in my home for years.

2. Skincare

Essential oils have been used in skincare for centuries. They can help to improve the appearance of skin by reducing inflammation, promoting cell regeneration, and improving circulation. Essential oils like tea tree oil and lavender oil are popular choices for treating acne, while rose oil and frankincense oil are used to reduce signs of aging.

You should be aware that some oils should be mixed with carrier oils in order to protect the skin. Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, and apply to the skin.

3. Pain Relief

Essential oils can also be used for pain relief. Peppermint oil, for example, has a cooling effect that can help to soothe sore muscles and headaches. Eucalyptus oil is another popular choice for pain relief as it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Mix essential oils with a carrier oil and use for massage to soothe sore muscles.

4. Cleaning

Since essential oils are derived from plants, they are naturally toxic and chemical free. Many plant based cleaners contain essential oils such as lemon, peppermint, and orange peel. Some people also use lemon oil to rinse fresh produce or seafood.

Try my homemade non-toxic all-purpose cleaning solution:

  1. 2-3 cups of water

  2. 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap

  3. 25 drops of lemon and/or peppermint essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle and use for household cleaning, for bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

My favorite brand of essential oils is Revive. They are affordable, natural, and offer organic options as well.

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are a natural and versatile way to improve your health and wellbeing. From aromatherapy to skincare to pain relief, there are many benefits to using essential oils. With so many different essential oils and ways to use them, it’s easy to find the right oil for your needs. Try incorporating essential oils into your daily routine and see the difference they can make!

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