Sometimes it may seem impossible to relax, diminish stress, and focus on important tasks, especially when you're "crazy-busy". However, you can ease the internal pressures and stress by seamlessly incorporating aromatherapy into your everyday!
Before we venture into the five ways on how to make space for aromatherapy in your every day, let's spend a moment on benefits of aromatherapy.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy - also known as essential oil therapy - can help you both physically and mentally.
It can decrease pain including headaches and sensitive joints, better your digestion, boost your immune system, as well as improve your sleep, increase your mental clarity, and calm anxious thoughts.
What's important to know about essential oils
Before you start dumping essential oils on your skin, it is vital to know that applying oils straight to your skin may perpetuate a rash, skin irritation, or some may even go into anaphylactic shock. Some sources note that lavender and tea tree oils may be the worst oils to apply directly onto the skin.
How can you fix this?
You can use a carrier oil, which helps to transport the essential oil onto the skin in a smoother, less harsh way.
Dr. Axe claims that coconut oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil make for the best carrier oils.
Now, let's find out how you can easily incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday lifestyle:
- Take a bath
What do you think would happen if you took the time to have a bath every, single day? Do you think it would benefit your mental and physical health? We think it can, especially if you sprinkle some essential oils into the water.
Bathing in essential oils can help to release toxins, and promote relaxation, induce positive thinking, and increase circulation! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s important to note, that there’s a specific method to using essential oils in the bath, and it’s vital to pay attention to which ones can be used and which ones cannot. If you just add oil, they won’t spread in the water and you won’t experience any benefits.
One source recommends adding salt with the oil, which can help to draw and release toxins. You can also mix a carrier oil with the essential oils. Want to know her recommended measurements? You can click here.
Here some suggestions on which essential oils to use in the bath depending on your emotions:
- Stress - geranium essential oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, bergamot essential oil, lavender essential oil
- For a good night sleep - lavender essential oil, roman chamomile essential oil
- Mental stimulation - peppermint oil, sandalwood essential oil
- Feeling down - orange essential oil (one source advises not soaking in orange oil before going to a pool), red mandarin essential oil, pink grapefruit essential oil, spearmint essential oil
- Anxiety - frankincense essential oil, cypress essential oil
- Sore muscles - marjoram essential oil, lemongrass essential oil
- Sick - tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil
- Create your own perfumes
Do you want to smell good and promote total inner and outer body wellness at the same time? You may benefit from creating your own perfume with essential oils.
You may want to use either jojoba or sweet almond oil for the carrier oil and then you can choose which oils you believe your body needs and add them into the mixture.
If your muscles tend to tense up during the day, you may want to try peppermint oil. Or if you want to up your focus, you can try sandalwood oil or grapefruit essential oil.
It’s totally up to you which oils you want to mix into your perform, but remember to use a carrier oil as your base.
Want to know which measurements to use? One source writes, “Fill your roller bottle up three-fourths of the way with a carrier oil and add ten to twenty drops of essential oil. Apply as needed for a mental shift throughout the day.”
- Get a diffuser
You can let the diffuser do the work while you continue working, exercising, cooking or whatever you need to do! You can choose which essential oils best fit whichever situation or mood.
Diffusers will not only improve the smell of your home, but they can help to relax you, improve your mood, stimulate, or promote a night of better sleep - depending on which combination of oils you dropped into the diffuser. When you buy a diffuser, it is vital to pay attention to the instructions on the appropriate measurements.
- Add essential oils to your skincare routine
Before you apply your serum, you can mix a couple of essential oils with a carrier oil for the ultimate skin cleanse!
Here are three carrier oils we recommend using:
Rosehip oil contains anti-ageing properties, so it may help to reduce wrinkles and lines. You can apply rosehip oil directly to your skin! If you have dry skin, you may want to give rosehip oil a try.
Most skin types tend to absorb coconut oil beautifully; it can help to moisturise the skin. If you want to mix this with an essential oil, you can drop one to three drops of your desired essential oil onto a half teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it onto eczema, cold sore, or zits!
Do you have oily skin? You may want to use jojoba oil as your carrier! Why? It contains properties that help to balance out the oil in your skin.
Here are some essential oils we recommend trying out:
- Do you want to get rid of wrinkles? You may want to try Lemon Essential Oil, which can help to liven and soothe your skin.
- Do you want to clear your pores? Frankincense, tea tree, or cinnamon oil may benefit you!
- Do you have dry skin? We recommend trying either (or both) geranium or myrth.
It helps to massage these drops of essential oils with a carrier into your skin. However, it is vital to research which oils are topical and which ones may harm your skin more than heal.
- Inhale and breathe in
Are you always on-the-go? If so, it may benefit you to carry an aromatic inhaler with you, so you can relieve stress, induce focus, or find total balance wherever you are.
We can’t get enough of AromaStick Nasal Inhalers, which underwent research and tests before reaching the shelves. The manufacturers created inhalers that can directly reach the limbic system in your brain, which deals with your emotions.
These products contain 100% essential oils!
There are many ways to incorporate essential oils and aromatherapy into your day. Which one will you try first?
How will you make space for aromatherapy?