I like to start my day with a 60-minute yoga and meditation practice. I do this almost every day, and it’s a wonderful way to clear my head and prepare for the day. But some days, I’m tired, or it’s raining, or I’m too sore from yesterday’s workout. In those cases, I like to add a few drops of my favorite essential oils to my diffuser. Essential oils can be an excellent way to enhance your self-care routine. Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted from plants.
There are many kinds of essential oils, which are used for medicinal, spiritual, and cosmetic purposes. Each essential oil has its own distinctive scent, and these scents are thought to have many health benefits. Essential oils are powerful; they can affect the mind and body, and should be used in moderation. Essential oils may be inhaled, diffused, or taken orally.
Inhaling essential oils can soothe and relax the lungs, and may help with congestion. Diffusion of essential oils can help purify the air, and may help with respiratory issues. Essential oils may also be added to bath and body products; this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils without taking the time to add them directly to your diffuser.
Here are a few of the best essential oils:
- Lavender: Lavender has a long history of use in aromatherapy. Lavender oil is soothing and relaxing, and may be helpful with sleep issues. Lavender has a strong, floral scent, which is both calming and energizing, and many people use it when they want to relax. *
- Rosemary: Rosemary is good for mental focus and concentration. Rosemary may help with headaches, and may help with memory retention. Rosemary has a fresh, floral scent.
- Orange: Orange essential oil is uplifting and energizing