If you’ve already experienced an aromatherapy massage you know how amazingly relaxing it is. It’s not just the slow, soothing massage strokes that are used over your whole body, it’s the combination of the essential oils that would have been carefully selected for your individual needs that help you to drift off and completely unwind. And the benefits can in fact be far more far-reaching than just relaxation.
Nature’s helping hand – essential oils in your home
Essential oils can be used in the comfort of your home too and without massage. Using a drop of lavender on your pillow can give you the most peaceful sleeps. A drop of eucalyptus or camphor in a bowl of hot water can help to relieve cold symptoms of a blocked nose and stuffy head. A drop of tea tree used straight onto the skin can help with insect bites and stings.
Get in the mood
Burning oils in a burner or adding them to a diffuser or room spray can lift your mood, especially oils like geranium or sweet orange. A few drops can be used in a bath too. Lemongrass will liven up even the most tired person for a night out, or alternatively chamomile will get you ready for bed.
Adding oils to your face oil or using a homemade face mask will help to rejuvenate your skin. Rose, neroli or bergamot are great for this. But do make sure you buy pure essential oils rather than perfume oils unless you want it as a fragrance and never take them internally or use through pregnancy.