5 of The Best Essential Oils For Your Home
Aromatherapy describes the use of essential oils for remedial and therapeutic purposes. Essential oils have a holistic effect on both the mind and body since their healing qualities impact the physical body and the scent interacts with us mentally.
Essential oils stem from different plant sources, such as flowers, trees, herbs and even vegetables! As 100%, completely organic compounds, they contain both the scent of their source but also unique healing properties. Their highly concentrated form being an ‘essential’ oil means we can use them in a variety of ways and incorporate them into daily life! Here are the four main ways that you can use essential oils daily:
Self-massage is an excellent way to feel the benefits of essential oils at home since you can personally tailor the oils you use to enhance your mood or relieve areas of tension. Taking even just 5 minutes our of your day to mindfully massage your feet, hands, face or area requiring attention will allow you to unwind both mentally and physically.
I prefer using an electric diffuser that plugs in at the wall, but you can also inhale directly by using a cotton pad or tissue! A steam inhalation is also a great way to relieve colds and coughs and clear any sinus congestion. Whatever your preferred method is, simply sprinkle a few drops into the diffuser or a cotton pad and enjoy!
For steam inhalations, pour some boiling water into a large bowl, sprinkle in three or four drops of an essential oil, sit down so you can comfortably sit with your head over the bowl and place a towel or dish cloth over your head. Great for clearing your sinus, if you have a bad cold or are looking to cleanse your pores on your face.
Dilute your chosen essential oil in a carrier oil, such as Coconut Oil and use as a daily hydration treatment or skin moisturiser. For a 50ml face oil, use 12-15 drops and for a 50ml body oil, 25-30 drops.
Bath / Shower
Add up to 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) into a warm bath for a desired effect. You may wish to promote restful sleep, soothe aching muscles, invigorate and energise, help period pains and stomach ache or even ease a hangover. If you do not have a bath or just prefer showers, try mixing essential oils with a base vegetable oil (like coconut oil) and apply it to your body before getting in the shower.
ArtNaturals Premium Coconut Oil comes with a pump making it easy and convenient to store in your bathroom if you are looking to use essential oils in your shower with a base oil.
My favourite 5 Essential Oils To Have At Home:
Recognised most for its relaxation and soothing properties, Lavender has extensive uses beyond pure relaxation but for health, wellbeing and first aid to treat minor burns, acute sunburn, cuts, insect bites and blemishes. Essential for every household, Lavender is a powerful oil that will help induce sleep and relax aching muscles, relieve period pain, headaches, migraines and can be used to soothe stress, anxiety and depression. France is considered the best source for quality lavender essential oil.
I love to add a few drops of Lavender Oil to my pillows, bedding and the bottoms of my feet at bedtime to help unwind and relax.
Much like Lavender, Peppermint Oil has incredible health and wellness properties that can help with migraines and nausea. Its easily recognisable cooling effect with help with a migraine or headache by simply rubbing around your template or massage in circular motions to your stomach to treat bloating or PMS. Its antispasmodic properties will help with sore feet and muscles by adding some drops of Peppermint to a warm bath with Epsom Salts. For hay-fever, congestion, or sinus problems, add a few drops to a bowl of boiling water, lead your head over the bowl and cover your head with a towel — you’ll clear right up!
Tea Tree has been used for centuries and is often a key ingredient in bathroom cleaners and face creams. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and can fight pretty much any kind of bacteria, virus or fungi. Tea Tree can also be applied directly to heal cuts and wounds and treat skin infections, and works magic on any acne and spots on your face or body! It also promotes healthy immune function. You can diffuse it around the home or office to ward off illness or inhale to treat a cold or cough.
Rosemary Oil comes from the aromatic evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavour foods such as stuffing, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey! It is praised for its ability to improve memory, soothe digestion and relax muscle aches and pains. Applied Rosemary Oil directly to your scalp to stimulate growth, impart shine and will soothe dandruff / dry scalp. You can even make your own rosemary water to spray the hair daily or rinse it with rosemary oil after washing. To treat a hangover, simply add 5-10 drops to a warm bath the morning after the night before for a little pick-me-up!
Lemon Oil is one of the most commonly used out of the citrus oils and is known for its cleansing abilities - from clearing out toxins in the body to naturally cleaning a kitchen! It is also naturally energising, promoting a positive mood and is highly effective oil to conceal bad smells, such as smoke or animals. Use alone or with tea tree in an oil burner or diffuser, as an antibacterial room freshener or you could make your own cleaning spray.