Growing up, I remember that we only use essential oils aromatically through potpourri or my mum would dab Eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball and put on my air conditioning vents to help me with my allergic rhinitis. At a young age, I acknowledged it's effective but who would've thought it can offer a lot more?
Aside from aromatically, we can also use essential oils topically and this is my personal favourite. Getting a massage with lavender oil guarantees me of a good night sleep. If you have tired, sore feet, I would strongly suggest Rosemary or Lemongrass oil. These oils are best known to work effectively on achy, painful feet and sweaty, swollen cankles.
But the latest trends in essential oil is using it internally. Did you know why we said you can fight flu and cold with essential oil? It is because some essential oils are amongst the most powerful antimicrobials known today. The important thing to remember is that you don't have to wait to be sick before you use them. These oils have other benefits that we can take advantage of, like using this germ-fighting spray.
GERM-FIGHTING SPRAY RECIPE
What you need:
• 2-ounce glass bottle with a spritzer • 1 ¾ oz ounces of distilled water • 10-30 drops of various essential oils ( I use less when I use intense aromas)
• Optional: ¼ teaspoon vodka or witch hazel to emulsify the oils and water. This is important with thick oils like myrrh and jasmine.
What you need to do:
Fill the bottle with water, add oils, and shake before each use.
Essential oils also act as immune stimulants. They strengthen our immune system by inhibiting our the microorganisms. They are also capable of eliminating waste material and toxins in our body.
Each oil has a different use and sometimes, they serve the same purpose. Choose the oils that you think you will benefit the most. Make sure they are high quality so they are effective as can be.
Remember, synthetic oils can sometimes do more harm than good. In case you're not sure which oils to get, do your research and ask the experts. And remember:
If it is your first time using a specific oil, always proceed with caution. You might be allergic or your skin may be irritable. For an induced medical condition such as asthma, skin irritation, bowel movements etc. discontinue use and seek medical assistance before continuing use.
• Spice oils are by nature strong so consider mixing them up with other oils. • Before diluting or mixing the oil, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Not all oils mix well together. • Lastly, sun and oil don't go well together.