An Essential Addition to Your Wellness Routine
Dear Rich Lifer,
One of the most popular resolutions that people make each year is to be healthier. But often this resolution is made without any sort of plan to be healthier. In an effort to help you accomplish that goal, I want to discuss the benefits of an often misunderstood item, essential oils.
Many dismiss essential oils as just the newest form of snake oil, but actually, essential oils have a variety of benefits for adults of any age. Maybe you haven’t yet heard about essential oils, or if you have, maybe you’re not entirely sure what they even are, so let’s break it down.
Essential oils are compounds that have been extracted from herbs and plants. The compounds capture various qualities from the plants, such as scent and flavor, and are known to have numerous medicinal effects.
These oils provide a variety of benefits depending on the type of oil you choose to use.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils are a natural remedy to several physical and mental ailments. Essential oils have been known to benefit individuals who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, nausea, depression, headaches, and much more.
Oils such as lavender, lemon, and bergamot are known for assisting in memory. While other oils are helpful in reducing pain.
Essential oils also create excellent ambiance in any season. You can fill your home with the smell of pine or cinnamon to enhance the wintry mood, or lavender and lemon in the spring.
As I said, different essential oils will have different effects. Some of the most popular essential oils on the market are:
Lavender – Lavender oil is used to relieve stress and is also known to alleviate headaches.
Peppermint – Peppermint oil is used to promote healthy digestion and boost energy.
Tea Tree – Tea Tree oil is known for fighting infections and boosting immunity.
Lemon – Lemon oil aids in digestion and improves headaches and mood.
Chamomile – Much like chamomile tea, oil from chamomile improves mood and promotes relaxation.
Sandalwood – Sandalwood oil can help you relax by calming nerves and increasing concentration. Sandalwood also alleviates skin irritations such as dry patches and eczema.
Frankincense – Benefits include: lowering heart rate and blood pressure, reduces anxiety, boosts immune system
Clary Sage – This oil is known for providing stimulation to the brain and nervous system to balance out hormonal levels such as testosterone.
Ways to Use Essential Oils
Essential oil diffusers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. It is without a doubt that you’d be able to find one to suit your style or taste.
Using a diffuser allows the essential oils to be dispersed throughout the space. Using a diffuser allows the oil to circulate throughout the air and be absorbed when you inhale. Diffusers are great to use during the night while you sleep, in the office, and for effects that will last throughout longer periods of time.
You can typically find diffusers at most home goods stores, with prices ranging from ten to one hundred dollars.
Similar to medications, essential oils can affect everyone differently, so it is important to check in with those around you before diffusing in a shared space.
Apply to Skin
You may also consider placing essential oils directly on your skin. Body oils offer a way to absorb the effects in a higher concentration.
Because of this, applying oils directly to the skin may cause irritation, so it is best to apply oils that have been mixed with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oils.
Mix into Shampoos or Lotions
Many essential oils provide nourishment for our hair and skin.Essential oil infused shampoos are beneficial for promoting hair growth and thickness. Oils such as citrus oil can help eliminate cellulite when mixed into lotion.
You may also be aware of a growing trend — beard oil. Beard oil, which can condition and smooth facial hair, is made with a variety of essential oils like cedarwood, eucalyptus, pine, and sandalwood, mixed with a carrier oil, such as hempseed or jojoba.
Diffusing essential oils into bathwater can promote relaxation. It is important to note that essential oils should not simply be poured into the tub, as oil does not mix with water. Finding oils suited for baths is the key, such as in the form of “bath bombs”.
These bath bombs are infused with salts, oils and scents that make a soak in the tub a relaxing experience that can soothe long time aches and pains. Bath bombs infused with essential oils may also assist in healing sore muscles or joints.
They also make great gifts for your hard-to-shop for younger loved ones.
Essential oils can even be dispersed through jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and watches. These accessories are a great way to reap the benefits of the oils throughout the day, without diffusing them into someone else’s space.
This tends to be a popular option for people who suffer from anxiety or frequent bouts of nausea. Essential oils can be a benefit everyone, and there are countless style options to choose from.
Try it for Yourself
Clearly there are a multitude of benefits to using essential oils. All in all, there are over 90 essential oils available for use. Each offers its own unique benefit.
There is something out there for everyone, making them the perfect way to improve your health year.
Whether you’re looking to promote hair growth, ease aches and pains, or simply relax, essential oils can be the answer. W
ith so many different options for use, there are few reasons against giving them a try. Essential oils can be found at most home and beauty retailers.
While they vary in price, essential oils and their accessories are relatively inexpensive. Enjoy trying out different scents, and find the ones that benefit you most!
To a richer life,