Almost all of us have found a way to cope with this new normal. Aromatherapy may have started as one of those coping mechanisms, but now has become an integral part of our lifestyle. We give you a peek-a-boo into one of the most popular element of aromatherapy – Essential Oils.
What are Essential Oils?
One of the most ancient methods of alternative healing, essential oils are oils extracted from leaves or barks of different plants for their unique properties. They are concentrated to bring out their flavors, scents, and benefits. Other than inducing relaxation, they can also help improve skin and hair.
How to use?
They are meant to be used externally. Even though naturally extracted, it would not be wise to assume that they are harmless. Since natural substances can cause allergic reactions, the rule of thumb while using these should be to try it on a skin patch first.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory. This will relax you and is highly efficient if you are anxious.
While applying on skin, make sure to dilute it before use. You can use bath gels, creams, water or aloe vera for dilution. As the percentage of mixture may vary with each extract, the amount of oil should never exceed 5% in the total mixture i.e. 30 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil. You can also find multiple dilution guidelines online for your reference.
There are more than 90 types of oils each with its distinctive demeanor. Here we bring you our favorite 5
Lavender helps reduce stress and promotes a sense of sense of well being. Inhaling this may cause one to relax the mind and take a break from the daily hustle of life.
Forest Essentials Stress Relief
Kama Ayurveda Lavender Essential Oil
Eucalyptus features in a range of preparations to relieve symptoms of the common cold. It has antimicrobial properties and is intermittently used in inhalants as well.
Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil
dōTerra Eucalyptus Oil
When applied, this immediately gives a sense a cooling effect. This can help with things like muscle pain, sunburn relief and itchy skin conditions.
Aura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil
Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil
This flowery oil emits a spicy but sweet aroma, and has been suggested as an aid in relaxation and it even may act as a repellant toward certain insects. It’s frequently found in cosmetics and promises a laundry list of beauty benefits, including the treatment of combination skin and promotion of hair growth.
Mountain Rose Herbs Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Kama Ayurveda YLANG-YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL
This is a magical potion for the skin. However, as mentioned before do not apply it directly on your skin; dilution is the trick here. It has antiseptic properties and helps reducing skin irritation and itching. It is also effective in treating eczema.
Plant Therapy Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Eden Garden Tea Tree Essential Oil