History Of Essential Oils
Essential oils have been becoming more popular recently, but they actually have a long history. The first evidence of use was all the way back in 3500 BC in Mesopotamia. There is also noted use of essential oils throughout ancient Greece, Persia, China, Egypt, even throughout the the Dark Ages to mask odors and sanitize. Essential oils have even been referenced in the Bible, as well as being used as anointing oils for royalty. Therapeutic use of essential oils made a popular comeback in 1928, and were eventually added to some self care products in the 1980's, making them popular again, as the desire for safer and more natural solutions arose in the health and wellness industry. So how can you incorporate these beneficial oils into your own routine?
Essential oils can play a helpful role in supporting moods and emotions. Diffusing oils can be a good way to enjoy the natural aroma, and can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors. Try Eucalyptus to promote feelings of relaxation, or to support easy breathing. You can even scent homemade candles by adding a few drops to the melted wax. Try Lemon for it's uplifting and energizing qualities.
Essential oils can also be safely applied topically, and are easily absorbed by the skin. It is best to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, almond oil, or cocoa butter. This will help ensure a sensitivity doesn't develop. You can make roller ball perfumes, sprays, or even add some drops to lava stone jewelry to diffuse while wearing. Some of my personal favorite essential oils to wear are Lemongrass, (which promotes positivity, as well as helps repel insects if worn outdoors),and Patchouli, (which helps ground and balance emotions).
Soaps and Body Products
You can even add essential oils to personal care products. Try adding a drop of your favorite oil to your lotion before applying. You can make or buy soaps that contain essential oils as well.Try bathing with Lavender infused soap to reduce feeling anxious, and to promote relaxation and peaceful sleep. You can also make your own natural toothpaste. Combine a cup of coconut oil, a Tablespoon of baking soda, and a couple drops of Peppermint essential oil. It's refreshing and works great!
Cooking and Consuming
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Many essential oils actually contain disinfecting properties and make great solutions for natural cleaning products. Some oils that are commonly used for this reason are, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Frankincense, and Peppermint, among others. A good recipe to use as a cleaning spray would be to add 10 drops of one or more essential oils to a glass spray bottle and fill with warm water. Use to clean surfaces around the house as a great smelling, natural alternative to toxic chemical cleaners.
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