Heal Yourself with Essential Oils
Did you know that certain scents can actually improve your health...and your skin?
During a time when our stress levels are continuously high, essential oils might be just what we need to stay calm and keep our immune systems strong.
While they're not a replacement for medication, they can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Here's how to promote better wellbeing with essential oils.
To ease stress or anxiety, look for oils that contain a blend of neroli, clary sage, and lavender essential oil. These provide a soothing floral fragrance to calm your mind and nerves. They're known for bringing relief to stressed and anxious ridden minds.
Smelling these essential oils during an aromatherapy session is a quick and easy way to reduce your stress levels.
Essential oils can be used for in-the-moment stress relief whenever you feel yourself getting stressed or anxious, or you can use them more preventatively to stay calm throughout the day.
For Skin Irritation
If you're dealing with skin irritation or redness, or you generally have sensitive skin that you want to soothe, try lavender.
"Lavender is one of the most versatile oils," says Brianna Scarpelli, a marketer and expert on essential oils. "It is more commonly known for its relaxing effects but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too."
You can apply a few drops of essential oil diluted with a carrier oil directly to the affected area. Alternatively, add a few drops to your cleanser or in your bath to help soothe your skin -- and mind. You'll also find lavender in certain calming skincare products.
For Mental Alertness
Struggling to concentrate these days? Peppermint is your perfect pairing!
"Peppermint essential oil has been shown in studies to improve energy and concentration," says New York City dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. "The peppermint scent is stimulating and invigorating, making it the perfect essential oil for feeling focused and alert."
Peppermint oil is one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally. Simply mix a few drops of pure peppermint in water and drink. You can also massage a little peppermint oil into your temples for a quick concentration boost. Alternatively, add it to your diffuser to keep your mental focus strong all day long.
Dealing with breakouts and blemishes? You might want to try tea tree oil.
Distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifloria, tea tree oil is great for treating skin issues like fungus and breakouts.
"Tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help acne in certain cases and at the right concentrations," says board-certified dermatologist Elyse Love, MD.
Tea tree oil is best used topically. You can dab it on active blemishes with a cotton swab, ball, or pad to help clear your skin. Or apply it to skin fungal infections such as athlete's foot. You'll find tea tree oil in many skin and haircare products. Thanks to its antifungal properties, it can also treat scalp issues like dandruff.
Lemon oil is great for detoxing the body and skin. That means it also treat skin issues like acne. You can use it with a carrier oil or on its own by applying it directly to your blemish or massaging it into your skin.
Low on energy? What with all the recent holiday parties and the continuing stress of the pandemic, it's only natural to feel a little worn out by everything.
Look for oils that feature eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, and clary sage to instantly boost your energy levels. Citrus oils like lemon and grapefruit can also be beneficial for increasing your energy.
It's a great alternative medicine to conventional pills.
For Colds and Allergies
The two best essential oils for fighting colds, offering sinus relief, and relieving allergies: oregano and eucalyptus oil.
Research shows that oregano essential oil has antibacterial properties that help fight colds and other sicknesses. It's typically taken orally -- putting a few drops on the tongue. You can also apply it topically or look for it in skincare products to relieve symptoms.
Eucalyptus is another great essential oil for combatting flu and clearing sinuses. It has many antibacterial properties and is known for stimulating the immune system.
Oils with lavender and chamomile help promote relaxation and healthy sleep. Apply these oils to your palms and pulse points to stimulate feelings of relaxation. You can also put a few drops on your pillow at night to promote a restful night's sleep.
For Lowering Blood Pressure
According to wellness practitioner Mariza Snyder, bergamot offers numerous health benefits including lowering blood pressure.
"It's got this beautiful rich scent," she says, "and is often used to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels." She recommends blending it with lavender and frankincense to up the calming benefits.
Ylang-ylang is another aromatherapist's favorite for lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
For Improving Mood
Jasmine is one of the best oils for uplifting your mood. One study found that this essential oil can also relieve depression. No wonder we're addicted to jasmine-infused perfumes!
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
To avoid any unwanted side effects of essential oils, it's best to mix them with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil. These dilute the oil, making them a little less potent, reducing the risk of irritation.
To get the most benefits of essential oils, always choose high-quality, pure formulas. If you want to utilize the power of essential oils, you must invest in organic products instead of cheap, diluted versions.
Speak to your doctor or dermatologist for advice on using essential oils in your self-care or skincare routine. Avoid using essential oils if you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis.
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