Essential oils and aromatherapy continue to grow in popularity. People turn to aromatherapy for a number of reasons, whether to relax, ease symptoms of anxiety or regulate sleep; they are believed to promote wellness and happiness.
Below are some ways you can introduce essential oils into your routine:
For a better night’s sleep, place a couple of drops of lavender, clary sage or lemongrass on a tissue. Move the tissue under your nose, passing it back and forth. This motion will allow you to experience the aroma and its benefits to the fullest. You should feel relaxed, calm and ready for rest.
If you are suffering from a headache, blend a mixture of lavender, chamomile and peppermint essential oils and apply them to your temples.
After a stressful day, try tapping essential oils along the back of your neck. This will help to bring your body into alignment and refocus your mind. Essential oils such as ylang ylang and jasmine are believed to be effective in relieving stress, while basil and rosemary are thought to promote mental clarity.
If you are feeling uninspired, try placing rose, frankincense, rose or sandalwood on the crown of your head. A drop of these essential oils on the crown of your head is thought to provide inspiration and transform an experience.
For all-day benefits, apply essential oils to your wrists or hands. Oils that regulate body temperature – such as clove or ginger to warm, or mint or lavender to cool – are best applied to the underside of your wrist. You can also massage oils between your thumb and finger – this way you will get the benefits of the scent all day as your hands move around your face.