How to use essential oils

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Use essential oils relieve stress and promote well-being in our every day lives

Essential oils have been used for centuries for their incredible healing powers.  From reducing stress to easing insomnia, essential oils can be just what nature prescribed. Extracted from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees and seeds, these all-natural oils come straight from nature's bounty. The distinct fragrances of each plant can bring back a flood of pleasant memories, alter changes in appetite, increase sexual arousal and significantly reduce stress.

With nature providing the ingredients to our physical health and well-being, here is a glimpse at how to use essential oils. Imagine coming home from work, lighting a chamomile scented candle and feeling fatigue just melt away. The entire room will be become your own private sanctuary as it fills with the calming effects of chamomile. Kick your shoes off, inhale the aroma and leave the work-a-day world outside the door.

Listed are the benefits you can expect from some of the most common fragrances:

  • Chamomile promotes relaxation and stress relief. 
  • Grapefruit with ginger promotes happiness and confidence. 
  • Jasmine relieves bouts of depression. 
  • Lavender eases you into a deep slumber and fights insomnia.   

There are many ways to use essential oils, but here is a list of 6 to get started on how to use essential oils in your every day life:

Candles can be placed anywhere in the home or office.  Light your favorite candle, enjoy the subtle lighting and set the mood for an evening of romance or tranquility. Place a few drops of your favorite scent into the melting wax for a lingering treat. 

Who doesn't want to learn how to use essential oils when it comes to a relaxing, deep massage? Pamper tired muscles with an exhilarating massage and the subtle scents of ginger, cinnamon or bamboo to soothe and re-energize. Massage therapy also releases toxics from the body increasing physical health and stamina.  

Imagine soaking in a steaming bath with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. Pores are cleansed and the spirit is renewed after a long, hard day. Emerge from the tub feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Place a few drops into a vaporizer to add a moist, subtle hint of fragrance to any room. You can also add a couple of drops to a pan of water to gently steam over the kitchen stove or radiator.

Has your potpourri lost its potency? Then add drops of an essential oil to revitalize the mixture. For another great hint - place in closet or in the laundry area for a fresh, clean smell.

Air freshener:
Place a few drops in a spray bottle and you have an instant air freshener. Remove kitchen or pet odors when you spray the essential oils in the desired areas.

These basic tips are a great start on how to use essential oils for emotional and physical well-being. Enjoy the healing and soothing powers that aromatherapy can bring. Make your home or office your sanctuary with nature's gifts. To read more on the healing powers of aromatherapy check out this article on choosing essential oils for bath and body gifts.

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