It’s Aromatherapy Awareness week. Who knew? I didn’t even know such a thing existed and it just so happened I had already planned this post for this week. Perfect timing.
For a long time, I have read about the benefits of using essentials oils and have always wanted to try them for myself. As I have become increasingly aware of the chemicals we inhale and put on our skin everyday, I have started using products that are organic and have no to fewer nasties in them. When you really look at the ingredients of everyday products, from cleaning products to skincare and cosmetics, it is pretty worrisome.
Which brings me back to essential oils and how multipurpose they are. They can be used as a washing detergent, diluted to create a facewash, or even treat minor cuts and bruises. The best part is that they are completely natural (as long as you are using 100% pure, natural oils).
Here are 5 reasons to diffuse essential oils this summer. Since I bought myself and my mum an essential oil diffuser, we have not stopped using it. I love it.
1. Helps seasonal allergies and congestion
It is the season of runny noses, itchy eyes and scratchy throats. Yes, I’m talking about hayfever. I don’t remember it being this bad last year. This year, I can smell the pollen in the air. Nothing gets rid of the symptoms completely (if you have found a solution, please tell!) but diffusing essential oils can help to ease congestion and provide minor relief. My favourite essential oil for easing congestion is Eucalyptus, but I also like to add a little bit of peppermint in as well. The two smell so good together and creates a lovely blend.
2. Reduces Stress and anxiety
I don’t know a lot about aromatherapy or how scents affect our mood, but what I do know is that diffusing essential oils creates a feeling of calm. Sometimes I just stick my nose right up to the diffuser and inhale slowly a few times. My favourite oil for calming purposes has to be lavender. It has such calming qualities and I find its timeless scent comforting. Sandalwood has also been proven to help anxiety but I’m still getting used to the woody, muskier scent. As someone who worries a lot (I’m working on it, I promise) and constantly feels tense and on edge, I have found essential oils really helpful at making me feel at ease.
3. Better Sleep
Similarly to above, diffusing lavender in your room at night aids in better sleep. I can’t say if it works personally as I could fall asleep anytime, anywhere. In relation to easing allergies and hayfever, it’s also just a good idea to stick the diffuser on at night as well to help you breathe more easily. Colds and coughs always seem worse during the night, so a few drops of eucalyptus or lemongrass can provide a more comfortable nights sleep.
4. Purifies Air
This is probably one of the most important reasons to diffuse essential oils. It is so easy to reach for the air freshener to get rid of bad odours, but instead, you’re filling the air with dangerous chemicals instead. The same goes for candles. I love lighting candles in the winter but I never realised how they may have been affecting my health. Many candles are made with paraffin wax which is highly toxic when burned and can lead to many health issues that you wouldn’t even associate with a candle. Instead, look for candles that are made from natural waxes such as beeswax of soy wax, or, you guessed it, use essential oils. Ok, so you might not get the same ambience as you would from a candle, but you can get diffusers that change colour, and you have the freedom to create any scent you want. So start experimenting. Not only that, but oils such as tea tree and rosemary can ward off viruses and infections; boosting the immune system and purifying the air.
Lastly, essential oils such as Sweet Orange and Lemongrass can help to make you feel energised with their sweet, uplifting citrus scents. By simply inhaling these oils, you can boost your energy levels and increase your positive thinking. Using them before you exercise, or even during if you workout from home, can get you in the mood for moving your body and feeling good. Need I say more.
Love Georgie ♥