Is the rising popularity of essential oils over the last decade just a passing craze? Well, if we look a little more closely the answer is a resounding no – in fact, the adoption of essential oils as a lifestyle choice was bound to happen and is here to stay. More and more people are turning to natural beauty regimes, wellness remedies, and are adopting a more holistic and chemical-free lifestyle. With immense protective and healing properties, essential oils offer a completely natural solution for a wide range of beauty and wellness benefits – promoting restful sleep, reducing stress, preventing premature ageing, fighting scars and marks, promoting healthy and youthful skin, preventing hair-fall, combating symptoms of cold and congestion, aiding digestion, boosting immunity, etc., and the list goes on and on. Countless benefits, versatility, and ease of use of essential oils make them an obvious go-to solution in every home.
Essential oils are rightly called the ‘elixirs of nature’ as these delicate aromatic compounds encapsulate the powerful therapeutic benefits of the plants in a very condensed form. Essential oils are the purest essence of a plant, extracted directly from plant parts such as leaves, flowers, buds, roots, or stems, usually by steam distillation. You will be surprised to know that it takes ~250 kg of Lavender flowers to make only 1 kg of Lavender essential oil – it is no wonder that only a few drops of essential oils is sufficient for your skin-care, hair-care, or aromatherapy use.
While it is true that essential oils offer these impressive physical and emotional benefits, the quality and the purity of the oil is what truly determines its potency. While a synthetic aroma oil can mimic the scent of an essential oil, it does not offer the same therapeutic benefits. Aroma Tierra Essential oils are 100% pure, 100% natural, and free from any chemicals, solvents, synthetic fragrances or preservatives. Each oil is extracted from high quality produce from across 35+ different countries, depending on where the crop grows best. With each drop of Aroma Tierra essential oil, you can be assured to get the nature’s unblemished purity.
Essential oils can be used in many ways depending on the type of oil and the desired outcome. Some of the common methods include diffusing in the surroundings using aroma diffusers, applying topically after diluting it in a base or carrier oil, using internally by adding a few drops in water, spraying on pillows, bedsheet or curtains after diluting in water, inhaling using a steam-inhalation method for relief in respiratory ailments, adding for food flavouring, among many others.
Essential oils in Aroma Diffusers
Diffusing essential oils in your home or workplace is a great way of incorporating these elixirs into your lifestyle. In addition to creating a nice ambience with pleasing natural aromas, diffusing essential oils provides a range of positive effects on mood and emotions. Both traditional candle diffusers and modern electric diffusers can do the magic. Keep them in every corner of your home to diffuse the pure and calming, yet mild scents, across your home, and bring about an aura of positivity and wellbeing. A mix of Bergamot, Lavender and Cedarwood is an all-time classic for relaxation and anxiety relief, whereas Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint when diffused together help in increasing mental concentration and focus.
Essential oils as Hair and Skin companions
Essential oils are a treasure for skin-care and hair-care, and should be on top of your list for beauty regimen. Tea tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile, and Helichrysum are common in everyday beauty routines across the globe. Hardly any cosmetic product available in the market can promise to fight signs of ageing more effectively than Frankincense or Geranium essential oils. Choose Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint essential oils over hair-products loaded with chemicals to promote scalp health, prevent hair-fall, and promote hair-growth.
For skin and hair application, it is recommended to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil, moisturizer, cream base, or shampoo base. A natural base or massage oil, also called a “Carrier oil”, is preferred over creams or other bases, for carrying the essential oils onto the skin or hair. For example, a few drops of Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils mixed in a base oil such as Argan oil or Jojoba oil, makes an excellent oil for hair care. Aroma Tierra offers a wide selection of 100% pure and natural carrier oils including Argan, Almond, Jojoba, Olive and Castor. Besides being pure & natural, Aroma Tierra carrier oils are cold-pressed and unprocessed – which means that they do not undergo any processing, de-colorization, de-odorization, or heat treatment, thus ensuring that the oils preserve the nourishment from the source plants.
Carrier oils are packed with nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and can very well be used stand-alone, i.e., without adding essential oils, for skin and hair benefits. Common moisturizers or creams are slowly taking a backseat today as most people are choosing natural oils over their synthetic counterparts that often contain petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and/or harmful chemicals.
Essential oils for a relaxing bath
Essential oils make great bath companions too. Add essential oils to bath water to bring about both physical and emotional benefits through aroma as well as skin contact, in addition to leaving a long-lasting fragrance to the body. While Peppermint essential oil when used in a warm bath uplifts one’s mood and relieves tension, Lavender essential oil bath is one of the most favorite nighttime rituals known to promote relaxation and help with insomnia. A few drops of Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, or Sweet Orange essential oils can help you unwind, de-stress, and have a calming bath.
Essential Oils as Health and Wellness Choices
Essential oils offer a range of health and wellness benefits such as fighting symptoms of cold, relieving muscle and joint pain, alleviating headache, uplifting mood, helping in menstrual symptoms, and helping with insomnia, to name a few. For the vast array of benefits that essential oils offer, it is not surprising to see Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Camphor and many other essential oils as common ingredients in many balms, sport-sprays, decongestants, inhalers, etc.
Essential oils are very easy and handy to use in home for natural home remedies. For example, for relief from blocked nose and other respiratory ailments, add a few drops of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Oregano and Peppermint essential oils to boiling water and inhale the steam. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a napkin and place it next to the pillow for relief from cold. Taking a few drops of cinnamon and grapefruit essential oils internally are known to improve metabolism and help in weight management. Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to a base oil and massage for relief from sore muscle after exercise. Warm compress with clove and marjoram essential oils can help relieve a muscle ache. Add a few drops of Lavender, Chamomile and Clary Sage near the pillow to help fight insomnia and drift away into a blissful sleep.
Other Wondrous uses of Essential oils
There are many other ways and techniques to use the versatile essential oils. You can add them to make fragrant sprays, aromatherapy candles, hand-crafted soaps, or hand-made creams. Essential oils such as Lemon are great as cleansers while oils like Neem make great chemical-free pesticides for organic gardening/farming, and oils such as Lemon Eucalyptus (or Citriodora) are natural insect repellents.
Essential oils are a must have in every home for their wonderful health and wellness benefits. It’s time to drive the harmful chemicals out of our homes, and incorporate essential oils into our lifestyle for a healthier and a more holistic living. Using natural oils is also a great way to reconnect with nature. We invite you to try Aroma Tierra oils and enjoy these amazing gifts of nature.
Note: Aroma Tierra oils are undiluted extracts from plants and should be handled with care. Aroma Tierra does not recommend these oils as a substitute to medicine for any ailment/medical condition. Essential oils offer several emotional and physical therapeutic benefits - we strongly recommend consulting a doctor for any specific therapeutic use.