Taking care of your mind and body is one of the best ways to boost your immune system naturally, lower stress levels, improve sleep quality, and encourage good circulation. In addition to simple actions such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and enough sleep, essential oils can complement your daily self care routine.
To explain how to use essential oils to support your mental and physical health, we've teamed up with the experts at ECO. Modern Essentials. Read on for 4 ways to use essential oils and take your self care practice to the next level.
1. Create the perfect atmosphere with an essential oil diffuser
Aromatherapy is a great way to use essential oils, and can be done fairly easily with the help of an essential oil diffuser. Diffuse your favourite uplifting essential oil blend in the morning and enjoy a sense of calm and comfort as you get ready for the day. Our favourite blends are Energy, Australian Shores, Sinus Clear, or Free Spirit.
Working from home? Enhance your concentration and create a productive atmosphere by diffusing your favourite energising essential oils. The recommended essential oils for concentration are Lemon, Rosemary, and Peppermint or blends such as Clarity & Focus or Study Time.
In the evening, create a beautiful and soothing nighttime ritual by diffusing a calming essential oil in your bedroom 30 minutes before sleep. This will create a relaxing and cosy atmosphere in the space, allowing you to comfortably ease into sleep. Enjoy the dim light and fine vapour mist of the diffuser as you read a book, chat with your partner, or listen to a podcast. We recommend Sleep, Dream Drops, Lavender, or Lullaby Blend.
2. Make your own natural perfume
Essential oils can be worn as a natural perfume and applied topically for their mood enhancing qualities. Choose your favourite oil and mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil before applying to your wrists and neck.
Breathing in the aroma will help you feel calm and grounded throughout the day, and can help you manage stress more effectively. For best results, we recommend trying Women's Blend, Anxiety Blend, Calm & Destress, or Peaceful.
Top Tip: For a convenient natural perfume you can use on the go, try adding individual essential oils and a carrier oil to a rollerball bottle.
3. Treat yourself to an aromatic massage
With all the hustle and bustle of modern life, many of us rarely take the time to give our body the care it deserves. Aromatic massage is a great way to improve circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, release muscle tension, and improve overall wellbeing. Essential oils can take your massage to the next level by nourishing the skin, calming the mind, encouraging better circulation, and helping with muscle recovery.
Practice self-massage or try sharing the experience with a partner or loved one. To do this, add a few drops of essential oil to your chosen carrier oil and gently massage it into your skin with slow, circular motions. We recommend Detox, Women's Blend, Energy, or an individual essential oil of your choice.
4. Unwind with a luxurious bath
Unwind in luxurious comfort at the end of the day with a warm, relaxing bath or shower. To turn bath time into a soothing self care ritual and home spa experience, try adding a few drops of Lavender or Frankincense Oil. Then, sit back and enjoy the delightful aromas and mental health benefits.
Depending on your mood, you can also add flower petals or castile soap to your bath water. If you prefer a shower, add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil blend to the corner of the shower and inhale the warm aromatic steam while washing away the worries of the day.
Discover the many benefits of different essential oils
Adding essential oils to your daily self care practice is a fantastic way to slow down, ground yourself, and remember to appreciate the small things in life. Keeping yourself calm and centred can help support your overall health and wellbeing, and will allow you to engage more warmly and openly with the world around you.
Try essential oils from ECO. Modern Essentials and experience their benefits for yourself today, or discover more natural health and beauty tips on our blog.