Top 3 Essential Oils for Wellbeing

Essential oils have been long known for their health benefits but with so many out there to choose from, how do you decide which are right for you?

Natasha, our Hospice West Auckland Integrated Therapist, shares with us her top 3 essential oils and why.

1. LAVENDER

Lavender oil has been used for centuries and is one of the most popular and versatile oils used in aromatherapy. Not only is it used to help reduce stress and anxiety, but it is also a wonderful sleep aid.

How can you use it?

• To aid with sleep you can put a few drops on a tissue by your pillow before you go to bed.
• To de-stress after a long day add a few drops to a warm bath (5 or 6 drops in a tablespoon of milk, honey or liquid soap to disperse).
• To bring some calm to your home you can use a diffuser which will disperse essential oils into the air helping you to unwind after a tough day.
• Lavender is amazing to use to fight spots and to soothe insect bites. When applied in this way over a small area you can used the oil undiluted.
• The oil is also wonderful to use in massage. When giving yourself a massage over a larger area, make sure you do dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as almond or macadamia (4 or 5 drops Lavender to 10ml oil)

2. PEPPERMINT

Peppermint oil is known for its energising properties and provides a cool, tingling sensation on the skin which makes it very popular for sports massage. It can help with nausea, digestion, headaches and overworked muscles.

How can you use it?

• To help with nausea, you can add a drop to a tissue and breathe it in.
• For digestion you can add 1 or max 2 drops peppermint oil dispersed in 1 teaspoon honey and 1 cup warm water or use peppermint tea as a substitute.
• For headaches, apply a drop to your temples and gently massaged in. To help relieve muscular pain, add a few drops with a carrier oil before massaging into your body aches.

3. GERANIUM

Geranium is a lesser-known essential oil but has amazing health benefits. It can be used to promote healthy-looking hair and skin through its anti-fungal/viral properties. Geranium can also help with acne, protects from fungal infections whilst deeply cleansing the skin. When you are feeling anxious and stressed Geranium helps to soothe and calm your emotions.

How can you use it?

• To support healthy looking skin, you can massage the oil into your skin face and neck. As it is a strong oil make sure you dilute the oil when massaging into your skin. 2 drops of geranium oil in 10mls of a carrier oil works well.
• If you are feeling stressed why not try and adding a few drops to your bath as this can help to uplift your mood.

Things to note:

  1. Always do a patch test on skin if the oil is new to you.
  2. Do not ingest (Unless advised by a trained professional)
  3. All essential oils when used in large quantities should be mixed with a carrier oil due to their high concentration. Examples of wonderful carrier oils that you can use to mix with essential oils are Coconut Oil, Macadamia and Almond.
  4. If you can, buy organic.

 

 

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