Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from flowers and plants to gently stimulate the natural healing action of both body and mind. Known to stimulate the nervous system via their topical application and aroma, different extracts offer up various beauty benefits while relieving stress, boosting the immune system and keeping various maladies away.
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LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemon’s oil beauty benefits are endless. Adding it to your moisturizer results in glowing skin and a few drops in your shampoo will leave you with glossier hair while stimulating the scalp and encouraging healthy growth. Its anti-bacterial and antihistamine properties make it great for the treatment of insect bites and cuts and a quick whiff instantly lifts one’s mood.
TEA TREE OIL
Many acne products claim to have tea tree extracts because tea tree oil is renowned worldwide for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The widely held belief that oils will clog our pores needs to be done away with, as essential oils are pure and non-comedogenic. Using a diluted version of this oil on the affected areas will most often bring about rapid results and adding a few drops of tea tree oil to any shampoo assists in the fight against dandruff.
Great for oral hygiene; add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to your toothpaste or mouthwash combats the bacteria causing bad breath. And another wonderful tip? Applying this essential oil to the back of your neck and shoulders in the morning keeps your energy levels up all day as it eliminates fatigue and reduces anger and depression.
Frankincense Essential Oil can treat almost anything from rashes and burns to arthritis and some studies claim even cancer. When mixed with a carrier like coconut oil, massaging it into the soles of the feet has innumerable health benefits as it goes towards the development of the immune system, improves vision, and opens up a congested chest. Known to reduce anxiety; rubbing a few drops behind your ears and on wrists will aid in reducing stress and users are also encouraged to diffuse it in their rooms as a spray to their mood. With its ant-inflammatory properties, Frankincense can help with arthritis or just joint pains.
Lavender essential oil with its sedating floral fragrance is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant all in one. Adding a few drops to your bath water invigorates your circulatory system, helping to reduce visible signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Its antiseptic properties assist in speeding up the healing of skin scarring and adding some to your everyday moisturizer goes a long way in controlling acne and getting blemish free skin. Inhaling it directly or through diffusion aids in digestion and when rubbed on the temples, it is a great headache reliever. If that weren’t enough, lavender oil helps to keep away insects and is also a natural air freshener. Spray some on your pillow cover and insomnia is a thing of the past.
*As seen in Ocean Splash Magazine.