By Melinda Myers
The fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to improve the health of our mind, body and spirit.
Boost your energy and increase your focus as you balance work and family life. Peppermint has long been prized for this and more. You’ll find it also helps relieve headaches and indigestion.
Freshen your home with the scent of grapefruit. It’s the perfect solution when unexpected guests drop by for a visit. You may also find the grapefruit aroma will lighten everyone’s mood.
Use eucalyptus essential oil in the fight against colds and flu. Just place a few drops into a diffuser on your desk at work, in your bedroom or family room. The diffusers come in a different of shapes and sizes. Some use heat, ultrasonic vibrations, fans or wood wicks to disperse the fragrance throughout the room. Others, like the Eden Aroma Diffuser, allow the fragrance to seep through the porous portion of the diffuser pot and into the room.
A eucalyptus eye mask will help relieve sinus pressure and soothe tired eyes. Gently heat or cool the mask, cover your eyes and relax into a bit of relief.
End your day with comforting lavender. It helps reduce anxiety, relieves headaches and improves sleep. Turn up the heat and fragrance with the Ultimate Lavender Wrap (gardeners.com). Simply pop the flax, rice and lavender infused insert into the microwave. Place it back into the cloth cover and drape it over your neck and shoulders for relief from tense or aching muscles.
Encourage a good night’s sleep by tucking a lavender-filled sachet under your pillow. Or set a bundle of dried lavender stems anywhere you want to enjoy the fragrance of a summer garden and a bit of relaxation.
When you incorporate aromatherapy into your routine you’ll find yourself smiling and more relaxed. The boost in energy and reduced stress will help you navigate busy days ahead.