Essential oils have been used for thousands of years but they have recently been making their come back. And for good reason!
Also known as volatile aromatic chemicals, essential oils are highly concentrated plant compounds that have been used by ancient civilizations for personal and health care practices, aromatherapy, beauty routines, religious ceremonies, and even in food preparations.
Essential oils are extremely potent therefore you only really need a small amount to see the benefits. We recommend always using less in order to avoid allergic reactions or toxicity levels.
NOW essential oils contain a variety of oils to promote wellbeing and for use inside of the home.
How can you use essential oils for your wellbeing?
Essential oils have a powerful effect on our minds through complex mechanisms, but essentially, aromatic compounds found in essential oils are detected by nerve cells in the brain when inhaled and transmit messages to the part of the brain where memories and emotions are stored. Then a response to the smell is initiated depending on the person and the properties in the oil.
Sandalwood can be used in a diffuser to support a positive and uplifted mood. You can combine sandalwood with cinnamon essential oil for a rich aromatic blend.
When we lack focus we tend to also lack motivation, which can influence many areas of our life and result in decreased productivity and stress. Instead of energy drinks that have adverse effects on health, certain essential oils can help promote concentration and alertness. Peppermint is a great oil to improve focus by rubbing 1-2 drops to your temples in circular motions. Aromatherapy using peppermint has also been shown to relieve fatigue and daytime sleepiness.
Citrus oils are fantastic to naturally energize and uplift mental states. Rich in limonene and monoterpenes, citrus oils possess invigorating effects and may help to prevent physical fatigue.
Examples of citrus oils you can use to boost energy include orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. You can make an uplifting and energizing spray by combining water and about 10 drops of a citrus oil in a 4oz spray bottle. Shake well and mist as needed.
Lavender is a great essential oil to use if you feel restless and have a hard time getting quality sleep. Stress is a leading cause of insomnia and lavender helps counteract the effects of stress by promoting relaxation. Using lavender in a diffuser is a great way to receive its aromatic benefits. You can also add 3-4 drops to your pillowcase to inhale the floral calming properties before you drift off to a peaceful sleep. Or even better add lavender to your bath with some Epsom salts and you'll be fast asleep before no time!
Did you know you can also use essential oils to clean your home?
This is a great way to avoid toxic chemicals, save money, and to freshen up your living space, naturally.
What are ways that you can clean your home naturally?
Lemon essential oil is a natural disinfectant that you can use to clean countertops and surfaces, by combining 20 drops with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white vinegar.
- Combine grapefruit and wild orange oil with Castille soap to get a homemade dish soap formula that smells heavenly!
- Personalize your own air freshener by combining your favorite essential oil with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.
- Purify the air with a few drops of cleansing oregano and tea tree oils in your diffuser for potent antimicrobial and antibacterial effects.
*Always be cautious and choose food-grade essential oils when taking orally or using in cooking.
Laurence Annez is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Health Coach, specializing in PCOS and women's hormones. She also holds a degree in Creative Writing and has extensive experience writing on health and wellness topics. Laurence's mission is to inspire and motivate individuals to take control of their own health and reach their ultimate health goals.