Derived from plants and concentrated into potent liquids, essential oils not only smell divine, but are also loaded with health and wellness properties. Looking for inspiration and ideas on how to get started with essential oils? Here are five amazing ways to harness the therapeutic properties, not to mention intoxicating scents, of nature.
A morning pick-me-up
For a morning pick-me-up that really hits the spot try a blend of bergamot, grapefruit and helichrysum. Fill a roll-on perfume bottle with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut or jojoba, then apply to your temples or behind the ears when your alarm goes off in the morning. It’s a fantastic way to wake your mind up naturally and invigorate yourself for the day ahead.
Soothe the little ones
Some essential oils offer incredible calming and soothing properties, including distillations of lavender, ylang ylang, peppermint, mandarin and sandalwood. If you’re looking for a little extra help when it comes to coaxing the grandkids into a slumber, try diffusing a few drops of your favourite ‘sleep blend’ before nap or bedtime.
Freshen up the laundry
If you find regular washing powders and liquids with scents like ‘fresh linen’ and ‘tropical breeze’ a little overwhelming, essential oils could be your new secret weapons in the laundry. Simply switch to unscented detergent and add a few drops of your favourite scent to each wash. Whether it’s orange, eucalyptus or rosemary, your clothes and sheets will come out smelling wonderful.
Spice up your love life
Want to bring a little excitement to the bedroom? Get to know the essential oils of love and romance, which have been used to arouse the body and the senses for centuries. Ginger will have you feeling flirty with its musky, earthy aroma, while rich scents like neroli, sandalwood and jasmine are known for their potent aphrodisiacal properties. Diluting oils in water and diffusing over a tealight burner is a great way to create a moody atmosphere.
A beloved woman’s botanical, clary sage is coveted for its ability to balance female hormones. This makes it a fantastic essential oil for teenage granddaughters going through menstruation, as well as women experiencing menopause.
Tips on safety
- Always store your essential oils out of reach of any kids or grandchildren that may be tottering around as they can be toxic when consumed
- Be sure to dilute with a carrier as essential oils like cinnamon can burn the skin if applied directly
- If you’re using your oils in the kitchen, for example, peppermint, orange or vanilla, make sure you’re purchasing food grade products