Why essential oils?
Ok so let’s do the science bit:
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants, and they are highly concentrated. They work at a cellular level and protect cells. Their unique chemical structure allows the oils to pass directly through the skin.
They can be used in three ways:
- Aromatically, via a diffuser or straight from the bottle.
- Topically, by applying directly to the skin or diluted with a mixer to massage.
- Internally, in food, drink, capsules, or directly into the mouth (check if suitable before using internally – whilst most oils are, some are not).
Which oils can assist in relaxation and getting a better night sleep?
Essential oils like Lavender and Bergamot are well-known for relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a calming and peaceful environment, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep. They can also be used topically and taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep. Try placing two to four drops of Lavender or Bergamot essential oil in a warm, herbal tea, or another favourite decaffeinated beverage about 30 minutes before going to bed, or add two to four drops of Lavender into an empty capsule and swallow about 30 minutes before bed. Ah bliss.
Which oils can help towards better concentration and focus?
Ylang Ylang calms your emotions.
Orange helps soothe your central nervous system and improves mood.
Peppermint is fresh and re-energising.
Roman Chamomile is calming. A little fact for you: Centuries ago, Roman soldiers applied the oil before battles to acquire courage.
Rosemary helps reduce occasional fatigue, therefore improving focus and concentration.
Which essential oils are good for moments of stress?
Frankincense: Apply to the bottom of your feet when you feel the need to relax and balance mood. Vetiver: Thanks to its grounding aroma, Vetiver is the perfect oil to add to your diffuser, or you can also use it topically to calm the mind. You can also combine it with Lavender to enhance the effects.