Herbal healing treatments date back thousands of years and over the last 12-18 months, a time when our stress levels have been running at an all time high, is becoming more and more mainstream rather than hocus pocus.
Breathing in essential oil vapour instantly changes our brain patterns and can help us feel calmer and more grounded. Hope Gillerman, an aromatherapist and author of Essential Oils Every Day: Rituals and Remedies for Healing, Happiness, and Beauty says that “they are not a cure, however are one valuable pathway into taking good care of ourselves”... and after all, don’t we all need to do more of that?
So, What Are Essential Oils Good For?
Essential oils are a natural, holistic way to target and work through many of the wellness issues that stem from societal stresses. Their benefits range from easing tension, improving sleep, strengthen immunity and even providing you with a boost of energy during a mid-day slump.
Essential oils are also the secret to glowing skin. Rather than stripping moisture from your face, by using soaps and cleansers, wiping away the day, using essential oils is key at achieving skin that is dewy and nourished, rather than dry and imbalanced.
How Can I Use Essential Oils?
Aromatic use of essential oils is especially powerful.
“The olfactory senses connect very early in brain wiring to emotional centers, so the distance from when a scent hits the nose to when it hits an emotion is very short,” explained Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D., a molecular neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University.
Other ways to introduce the use of oils into your daily routine are:
- Topically - Allowing the oil to absorb into your skin. Dotting peppermint oil on your temple to alleviate a headache.
- Ingesting - Allowing the oil to be transported through your body. (Be sure the essential oil is safe, ingestible). Add to a glass of water or putting a drop under your tongue
See below, a round up of our favourite Essential Oils and what they are best for: