From the relaxing effects of lavender to the bug-fighting properties of eucalyptus, you’ve likely come across some of the advantages of aromatherapy and essential oils – yet you may feel unsure about how you can integrate them into your everyday life.
In fact, essential oils and aromatherapy are related but they are not the same thing. Essential oils are concentrated extracts derived from plants that capture their natural aromatic compounds.
Incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into your everyday life can be both enjoyable and beneficial. Here are five ways to do so:
1. Diffusing essential oils
Invest in an essential oil diffuser and use it in your home, office, or any space where you spend time regularly. Diffusing essential oils can create a pleasant and calming atmosphere that smells wonderful. Different essential oils have various effects, so you can choose oils based on your needs—such as lavender for relaxation or peppermint for a burst of energy.
2. Skincare products
Enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy as part of your skincare routine by choosing products that contain essential oils and natural plant extracts.
Natio skincare is rooted in aromatherapy principles, blending pure essential oils from fragrant flowers and plants to harmonise, rejuvenate, and soothe the mind, body, and spirit while also deeply nourishing and hydrating skin.
The Natio Aromatherapy range spans 23 products providing solutions to all skin types and concerns. Natio Skin Brightening Liquid Exfoliant boasts a unique combination of AHAs and BHAs to lightly dissolve away old skin cells, alongside a blend of essential oils and sodium hyaluronate to help hydrate skin.
3. Essential oil roller
An essential oil roller bottle is a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils on the go. Dab on pulse points (like the wrists) as an alternative to perfume, too. All you need is a roller bottle that you fill with a carrier oil such as jojoba. Then mix in 10 drops of your favourite essential oil combo and you’re good to roll.
4. Aromatherapy bath
Enhance your end-of-day bath experience by adding a few drops of essential oil to warm bathwater.
Eucalyptus can help clear your sinuses, lavender can promote relaxation, and chamomile can soothe your mind. The steam from the bath will disperse the aroma, creating a calming and rejuvenating experience.
5. Customised facial oil
For a bespoke moisturising treatment, simply add one drop of your favourite essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil (or one tablespoon for sensitive skin) and warm between the palms of your hands. Using slow, circular motions, gently massage the oil into your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Ensure the oil has time to absorb then wipe away any excess with a cotton wipe, leaving skin silky smooth and moisturised.
Remember to always use essential oils safely and follow proper dilution guidelines. Some essential oils can be irritating to the skin or harmful if ingested.