Essential oils can bring more to your life than just pretty fragrances. These natural substances affect your olfactory system, or your sense of smell, and as a result can alter your mood, your emotions, and your awareness. When used effectively, essential oils can become an important part of your wellness routine.
When you need to stay alert—say, you’re driving, studying for a test, or watching a child—the best essential oils to use are rosemary, peppermint, and citrus. All of these have sharp aromas that stimulate your brain, refresh your senses, and increase your focus.
Rosemary has long been used in traditional medicines to treat fatigue and improve memory and is now being studied for its effects on neurological diseases. Peppermint oil also relieves physical and mental fatigue. The fresh clean scent of citrus—lemons, oranges, and limes—will energize you and help you think clearly.
Some essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, are best for relieving stress and calming you down when you’re frustrated or anxious. Essential oils can be used in a diffuser to relax your mind. Just a few drops in your diffuser can create a peaceful atmosphere.
Lavender eases your nerves, and used in the bedroom, this essential oil can help you reach the state of relaxation necessary for restful sleep. Chamomile tea is known for stress relief, but you can also use it in oil form, whether in a diffuser or added to a warm bath. Bergamot, a citrus fruit, also helps relieve anxiety.
If you have mild digestive issues such as heartburn or irregular bowels, you might try adding essential oils to your wellness routine. Ginger, peppermint, cloves, and fennel have traditionally been used to encourage healthy digestion, and when used in essential oil format, they can be placed in a diffuser or applied to the skin roller.
Since essential oils are natural substances and not ingested, they don’t upset the delicate balance of microorganisms in your digestive tract. Instead, as they are inhaled or absorbed into the skin, they stimulate your body to perform the functions they were designed to do.
To stay healthy the natural way, you should avoid harsh chemicals and manufactured substances. Since essential oils are distilled from plants, they can be used to create a wholesome environment, whether you are working, relaxing, or exercising.
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