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Essential Oils 101 - All you need to know

Essential Oils 101 - All you need to know

Essential oils have long been associated with medicinal and healing properties. Used across cultures, the benefits of essential oils include aromatherapy, personal care, and natural medicinal treatments. Popularly known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they act as a natural medicine without any side effects. Ready to harness the power of the world’s most proven therapeutic compounds?

Here's the 101 on how and what to use them for

1. Lavender Essential Oil

What is it - Lavender essential oils have a soothing and calming effect that helps relieve nervous tension and stress contributing to better sleep. The Latin name of lavender is 'Lavare', which means “to wash”, that can be attributed to its pleasant aroma.

How to use - Mix 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and rub on the feet, temples, wrists for an immediate calming effect on the body and experience bliss.

2. Tea Tree Oil

What is it - Unlike the name suggests, the essential oil of tea tree is not extracted from the plant that we derive tea leaves from. Neither is it related to tea oil, which is extracted from the seed of the tea plant. Derived from a native Australian plant, be careful while using this elusive oil. Excessive usage can lead it to dry your skin out and cause unpredictable acne breakouts.

How to use - Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth or cotton and inhale to treat colds, coughs or toothaches and to promote overall good health.

3. Geranium Essential Oil

What is it - Used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and radiant skin, geranium oil is now used to treat acne, reduce inflammation, manage anxiety and balance hormones. This sweet-smelling oil can also uplift your mood, lessen fatigue and promote emotional wellness.

How to use - Put a few drops on a cotton ball or directly onto your pillow for sweeter sleep.

4. Lemon Essential Oil

What is it - Benefits for skin include fighting troublesome acne, nourishing and hydrating damaged skin leaving it with a soft, fresh glow. Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift your mood and fight winter blues.

How to use - Add 2-3 drops in a diffuser and let it hang in the air for a bit to feel stress-free, or mix it a few drops in a bucket of water and bathe with it to immediately rejuvenate yourself..

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

What is it - A hybrid species of spearmint and water mint, Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties which help reduce bad breath and soothe digestive issues.

How to use - Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy!

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