Essential Oils are one of the key components of holistic medicine and have been used globally for centuries. I was first introduced to them through friends, yoga, and research. Now I use essential oils almost daily for medicine, in a diffuser, or for a calming effect. The main benefit to essential oil is that it is a natural approach to life's daily activities. It can be digested, diffused, or used topically on the skin. Some well-known ones are Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemon, and Eucalyptus. They aid a lot in terms of mental health and relaxation!
Below Is a list of different ways to utilize essential oils, and how they can become a more natural part of your routine! Hope you enjoy!
Lavender Essential OIl
It's known for its anti-anxiety benefits and can also be used before bedtime. You can sniff the oil for its calming benefit, or use it topically as perfume It's also great to put in an essential oil diffuser before bed to give the entire room a chill vibe. Both of these tricks have been useful over the years and I definitely use lavender oil most often.
Tea Tree Oil
I first heard about this in middle school through my hippie friend and her family used it as medicine. Later through research and personal trial/error, I discovered it can be used on the skin for infections, acne, and open wounds. Other skin-related conditions like athlete's foot and ringworm can be treated with tea tree oil. I also really love the smell of tea tree oil, so I put that in the diffuser often. It can be used it the outdoors as an insect repellant or natural deodorant.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This is great for concentration and mental sharpness. My SAT tutor told me to put peppermint oil on my wrist when studying & taking the test because that way I can sniff it and feel smarter. I thought she was crazy at first, but it actually does help you concentrate! Peppermint essential oil can also be used to treat nausea and heartburn through smelling the oil or consuming it in food/drink. I have a sensitive stomach and find that peppermint of any sort is helpful when I don't feel well.
I hope these little tricks help you see the practical uses for essential oils and why they're so great!