The ancient peoples of Egypt, China, Greece, India, and Rome used the beneficial properties of distilled plant essences to change their moods and emotions, and to care for their bodies. Today, more than ever, aromas are beings used as therapies-and even as homemade cleaning solutions for a fresh, naturally clean home.
Numerous studies support the healing effects of aromatic plant oils to reduce headaches, increase focus, calm anxiety, improve sleep, and keep skin healthy and radiant. Researchers have found that certain essential oils can even help kill off the deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli bacteria.
Concentrated essential oils are, on average, 70 times more potent than the plants from which they are extracted. Pure essential oils are fat-soluble and contain hormones, vitamins, and other natural elements of the plants. And, thanks to their small molecular size, they have the unique ability to be absorbed through the skin and move directly into the bloodstream, producing a positive physiological effect on the body.
Essential Oil Recipes
Essential oils can be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cell regenerative, or wound healing, depending on the properties of the plant. Adding aromatherapy to your favorite serums, moisturizers, or creams can make them more effective. Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts and should never be ingested or applied to the skin at full strength.
- To balance oily skin, add a few drops of geranium to your skincare products, which helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. Geranium is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and has antioxidant properties. It also improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The scent of geranium is uplifting and can ease stress.
- To regenerate aging skin, add a few drops of frankincense to your face lotion or serum. This oil helps smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, and even out pigmentation. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, promoting healing of cuts. And the oil's scent supports immune health and is calming and relaxing.
- One of the best ways to get glowing skin from your neck to your toes is by using a scrub enhanced with
essential oils. Into a bowl, combine two cups of fine sea salt or sugar with one cup of carrier oil, such as grapeseed, almond, or olive oil. Add 30 drops of lavender,orange, or ginger essential oil, stir all ingredients until blended, and apply in a gentle circular motion.
- Give your hair and scalp a refreshing conditioning treatment by placing a few drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil directly on a natural bristle hairbrush (which also conditions and protects the bristles).
Essential Oil Sets
1. Matching Set:
Try three of the most versatile essential oils with Plant Therapy 100% Pure Essential Oils Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint Supreme Set. Lemon is refreshing, energizing, and can help support a healthy immune system. Lavender is calming, promotes relaxing sleep, eases depression, and helps heal minor skin irritations. Peppermint is stimulating and eases headaches, nausea, and congestion.
2. All-Day Energy:
Stay energized throughout the day with NOW Solutions Put Some Pep In Your Step Uplifting Essential Oils Kit. The box contains four 100% pure essential citrus oils known to uplift, invigorate, and boost your creativity and joy: Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, and a Cheer Up Buttercup blend (bergamot, orange, lime, grapefruit, and lemon oils).
3. Awesome Assortment:
Take the guesswork out of buying and using essential oils with Aura Cacia Essential Oil Discovery Kit. This adorable box features four popular essential oils: eucalyptus, lavender, zeppermint, and tea tree. It also includes a learning guide with aromatherapy tips and recipes that can help improve all areas of your life, including your home, beauty routine, and emotional well-being.
4. Calm & Cool:
Relieve agitation and stress with Plantlife Calm 100% Pure Essential Oil Blend. This synergistic blend combines lavender, bergamot, palmarosa, patchouli, and lemon essential oils, known for their soothing and comforting properties.