Can aromatherapy help beat the summer heat?
MintPeppermint and spearmint essential oils can both help your body to feel cooler. With higher percentages of menthol than many other essential oils, this can have the ability to trick your brain into thinking that your body is cooler than it really is. Peppermint offers both a cooling sensation and can help ease muscle aches, pains, and tension headaches. Just be careful not to use it before bedtime, as mint can be stimulating and may make falling asleep more tricky.
EucalyptusAs well as providing a cooling sensation, eucalyptus can act as an anti-inflammatory. Helping reduce symptoms of summer coughs, colds and congestion, it can also relieve muscle and joint pain. Lemon eucalyptus can also be an effective insect repellant to keep those pesky mosquitoes away whilst relaxing in the sun or sneaking in just one more bbq before the weather begins to turn.
ChamomileA soothing, cooling essential oil, chamomile can help alleviate symptoms of allergies, combat irritated skin, and help you to get a better night's sleep.
RoseIf heat rashes are making you feel uncomfortable, rose oil may be able to help. Not only is it cooling for heath rashes, rose oil is also perfect for highly sensative skin. If dry skin is causing more discomfort, cedarwood or sandalwood can help.
JuniperAiding with healing summer colds, combating heat exhaustion and water retention, juniper can have a stimulating and soothing effect. If you have sensative skin, it coud be worth trying chamomile or eucalyptus instead.
LavendarBest known for its benefits in promoting sleep and relaxation, lavendar can also help aleviate bug bites, decrease anxiety, and reduce feaver.
What are the best ways to try aromatherapy to beat the summer heat?Aromatherapy can be much more versatile than many people realise. Essential oils, scented candles, oil burners, diffuusers - there are many different ways you can benefit from a wide variety of soothing, natural fragrances. Diffusing citronella or lemon eucalyptus in an oil burner can help keep mosquitos and other summer bugs at bay, as can scented candles or inscence sticks. Mixing peppermint or spearmint essential oils with water or rosewater and spritzing yourself directly can help you to feel cool and refreshed. Keeping the mixture chilled can be even more soothing. At the end of a long day, mixing peppermint oil or lemon essential oils to create a footbath can help sooth aching feet with a long, relaxing break in the evenings. Adding a few drops of essential oils to bath water can be another relaxing option. Applying a few drops of essential oils on a damp towel or handkerchief and gently patting the back of your neck or behind your ears can be soothing and relaxing without being too oerwhelming. Hydrosols, unlike essential oils, can be used without diluting them before application. Many are available in spritz bottles for easy use during the hotter months. Aromatherapy massages use a diluted mixture of essential and carrier oil, typically as part of a 60-90 minute, tailored massage. Combining the benefits of aromatherapy and massage, these can provide a number of physical and psychological benefits.
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