Essential oils and how to use them

 

Essential oils have been used for centuries, with recorded evidence of their use dating back to 4500 B.C. Highly concentrated, essential oils usually derive from raw plant material and are ‘natural’ products.

In this case, natural does not always equal safe, and essential oils are not a one-size-fits-all healer, so be sure to consult with a medical professional before starting an essential oil regime.

 

Essential oils for calming

If you need a calming moment or you find your brain going into overdrive with thoughts and overthinking, Lavender Oil is a great place to start. The scent of lavender has been regularly proven to reduce anxiety and stress, and it’s even used in Intensive Care Units across the country, working wonders on sleep-deprived patients. Why not try putting a small drop of lavender oil on your pillow at night to help you sleep, or rubbing 2-3 drops into your temples and take 3 deep breaths next time you want to relax?

You’ve heard of chamomile tea for calming and relaxing at the end of a hectic day, but why not try chamomile oil? Try inhaling (once in each nostril!) a very small amount if you’re feeling anxious or suffering with a headache.

Cleanse your energy with essential oils

If you’re in need of some cleansing of energy or negativity, lemon oil is a great place to start. Not only can it be used for physical cleansing with it’s disinfecting properties, (hello streak-free shine!), but it can also be used to cleanse negative energy from objects such as jewelry or crystals, or from rooms by diffusing.

A lesser-known essential oil, Cypress oil is well-known for it’s purifying properties - helping to purify surroundings and make you feel more grounded wherever you are. Again, the benefits of Cypress oil can be found by diffusing 5-7 drops, or by diluting 2-3 drops with a carrier oil before applying a small amount to skin.

Lastly, Frankincense oil can help to remove any negativity or bad energy from your environment and is often used as a cleansing solution in religious ceremonies globally, due to it’s purifying properties. When added to a carrier oil or diluted, Frankincense oil can be used on the skin, or inhaled after putting a drop or two onto a tissue.

Nourish your skin

While very few oils are suitable for applying directly to the skin, essential oils can be used as part of a sensible skincare routine to support skin health, anti-aging and skin suppleness. 

Jojoba oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, as it contains both Vitamin E and Vitamin B. Jojoba oil is one of the oils that is most similar to sebum in our skin, that our bodies produce naturally; this means that yes it moisturises, but also it gets absorbed by the skin quicker than most other oils, without leaving an oily or greasy residue. 

Not only does jojoba support a healthy skincare regime, it can also be used to relieve skin issues topically such as dryness, itching, eczema and psoriasis. And, unlike other essential oils, it is safe to be applied directly to the skin.

If you’re looking for an oil to use in a relaxing bath, a great combination of oils to try is 5 drops of lavender, 4 drops of chamomile and 3 drops of frankincense to combine their healing, relaxing and cleansing properties; remembering to mix with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, BEFORE adding it to your bath. Remember, essential oils are not water-soluble, so if you put in drops of oil on their own, the essential oils will stay on the top of the water and could irritate skin undiluted.

 

Essential oils can be used as a relatively natural method to support positive mental and physical wellbeing. Here at The Lifestyle Service, we know how important it is to take care of your body as you try to make the most of your precious retirement years. Contact us today to see how we can help you take control of your physical and mental health while approaching retirement!