Pursuing wellness can take many forms: exercise, meditation, yoga, or even something as simple as having a cup of tea with a friend. Pursuing wellness can make us healthier and happier. In today’s fast-paced and hectic world, the pursuit of wellness is necessary and widespread.
Wellness and green-living often go hand in hand. Essential oils tick both of these categories, as they are used for personal health and well-being as well as in natural cleaning products, air fresheners, and even food enhancers.
While things like riding a bike and eating healthy meals are both longtime tactics for green living that can also improve personal wellness, the use of essential oils is just now becoming mainstream.
So what are essential oils? How do they work? Why would someone want to use them? Let’s take a look at the answers to these questions to better understand the uses and benefits of essential oils for wellness.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are a mystery to many people, but they’re pretty simple. Essential oils are concentrated liquids that have been extracted from plants. The liquids have a strong aroma resembling that of the plant and have a variety of uses.
Almost anything can be made into an essential oil, from thyme and rosemary to beeswax and even kratom (which, used in oil form, is popular for aromatherapy). Cedar, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense — you name it, there’s an essential oil made from it.
Essential oils have been present in herbal medicine dating all the way back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Now, with popular companies selling essential oils to the masses, the products are becoming a mainstay in modern homes today.
Why Use Essential Oils?
Most people will agree that scent is a powerful thing. It can evoke memory, emotion, and even a physical response. It’s easy to see why essential oils are so beneficial and can be used to improve your health.
Essential oils have been shown to relieve stress and feelings of anxiety, provide an energy boost, and even help you focus. Whether you want to be invigorated, calmed, cooled down, or woken up, there’s almost certainly an essential oil to suit your need.
How to Use Essential Oils
There are three main ways that essential oils are used: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. I love to diffuse calming lavender essential oils in my room while I sleep, and I always have a blend of oils on my desk at work to help me focus.
When it’s hot outside during summer, a few drops of peppermint essential oil behind your ears and on the back of your neck can do wonders to cool you down. On the calming side of things, meditation sessions are often accompanied with diffused essential oils to bring mediators into a state of relaxation.
When you choose the topical method and apply essential oils on the body, it’s important to make sure you first apply the oil to the bottom of your foot or other insensitive area first to make sure you don’t react poorly to it. Also, always dilute essential oils before applying to your skin to prevent serious irritation.
Always consult a healthcare professional before ingesting essential oils. While generally safe, everyone reacts to things differently. It’s best to be cautious when ingesting essential oils, no matter what kind.A certified aromatherapist can instruct you on which method of essential oil use is best suited to achieve your desired outcome.
Whether you have a specific ailment you’d like to cure or are simply looking for a fun way to freshen your home with inviting scents, look no further than essential oils. Essential oils can vastly improve wellness in many areas and offer a great deal of flexibility as to how they’re used.
Start your essential oil collection with a few staples like lavender, lemon, and peppermint, and build from there as you learn more about the uses and benefits of each kind. Warning: you might become obsessed.
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