Herbs, spices, and aromatics have been used throughout history to ease tension and stress, reduce pain, soothe, comfort and restore harmony to the body. Many benefits of aromatherapy still apply to the modern home. From pure relaxation purposes, to getting rid of headaches or focusing the mind, you’ll find numerous ways to use essential oils.
Put any of the following essential oils in a diffuser with water, or place a couple drops in a hot bath and breathe in the benefits. Some oils can be placed right on pressure points for immediate relief – PLEASE remember to read all packaging before putting essential oils directly on the skin!
Body & Mind
Rosemary – To focus the mind or increase alertness and concentration
Peppermint – Ease tension and headaches
Eucalyptus – Helps relieve cold symptoms including congestion. Also eliminates toxins.
Tea Tree – Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. Fights of colds and viruses. Used in some skin care products to fight acne caused by oily skin.
Lavender – Uplifts the spirit and clams the mind. Helps induce a state of relaxation that promotes deep sleep. * Place a few drops on a cotton pad and put in your pillowcase for a restful night.
Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory. Calms the stomach and is used for fevers and colds.
Marjoram – Eases digestive problems or menstrual pain and discomfort.
Rosewood – Acts as a natural antidepressant.
Bergamot – Eases stress or anxiety.
Did you know that combining a few common essential oils can act as a natural insect repellent? Try mixing a few drops of lavender with eucalyptus and tea tree oil to keep the bugs away. Especially useful during these summer months!
Cinnamon essential oil helps clean the air and get rid of lingering odors in the environment.
Any essential oils can be used as an air freshener. Try a pleasant smelling blend such as sandalwood and ylang ylang. There are hundreds of blends to choose from!
Lavender, lemon and rosemary essential oils are natural moth repellants. Soak cotton balls with these essential oils and place in drawers or high up on closet shelves to discourage moths from the area.
Do you have any aromatherapy tips to share? I’d love to hear them!