Essential oils have been on the rise lately as more people are reaping the easy benefits from the natural product. This series focuses on various essential oils and their numerous health benefits—this part particularly exploring chamomile, lavender, and rose. You do not need to have any experience using essential oils to start tapping into their benefits. The three oils discussed in this article are great if you are new to essential oils and can easily be added to any daily routine to help you make the most of your day.
1. Chamomile. Chamomile has a slew of physiological and psychological benefits. Most notably, it acts as an antidepressant/antistressor and mood booster. If you find yourself returning from a long day at work stressed, anxious, or mentally drained, try brewing yourself a warm cup of chamomile-infused tea. It’s a popular flavor, so you can find it at the grocery store. Better yet, if you are a person who gets home and has an alcoholic drink each day, a cup of chamomile tea is a great swap, even if you only make the trade a few times a week. Both alcohol and chamomile have physiologically calming properties, but unlike alcohol, chamomile has a slew of other health benefits, such as improving digestion, fighting cancer, and reducing inflammation all over the body. As an alternative to chamomile tea consumption, you can dab a few drops of chamomile essential oil on each of your temples. Essential oil diffusers are also a great investment. For between $20-$30, you can diffuse an unlimited amount of essential oils and essential oil combinations into the air in your home.
2. Rose. Rose has a long and ancient history being used for beauty and health in both Indian and Egyptian cultures. A popular way to use Rose is to make it into a spray. Many beauty companies are beginning to capitalize on the benefits of rosewater, selling expensive products that contain other nonnatural chemicals, but you don’t need those! Simply mix 8-10oz of water with about ten drops of rose essential oil, and you can use that as a mist. Apply the mist to your face and neck right after you get out of the shower or wash your face in the morning. The rosewater itself will act as a moisturizing and anti-aging agent on your skin, and if you apply your daily moisturizer while your skin is still wet, it helps to absorb the moisturizer and boost the moisturizer’s benefits, as well. Because rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s natural pH balance, it has benefits for people across the spectrum of skin types, from super dry to super oily. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help to heal acne, repair scars, and restore skin tissue. Plus, it smells really good. A few drops of rose also makes a wonderfully sweet-smelling perfume!
3. Lavendar. Finally, lavender has been a popular favorite forever now. It primarily functions to calm the body and mind to relax you and induce sleep. This is another great oil that can be made into a mist because you can spray it on your pillowcase and sheets before bed. Dabbing a few drops of lavender on your temples or turning on your diffuser before bed after an intense workout are two other great ways to experience the effects of lavender and help get that restful night’s sleep you have been dreaming of!
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