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The art of essential oils

ESSENTIAL: Oils can be used to improve health, beauty and more

ESSENTIAL FOR the wellbeing of the mind, body, home and much more, the powers of fragrant oils should not be underestimated.

They have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious uses. Essential oils have brought millions emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing.

ESSENTIAL OIL PROCESS

Various extraction methods are used in the manufacture and extraction of essential oils and the method used is normally dependent on what type of botanical material is being used.

Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come.

HOW TO USE THEM

You can access the power of essential oils in many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, inset right, directly on to the skin, and dietary consumption. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals to your home, family and life.

INSPIRE A POSITIVE EMOTIONAL STATE

Each essential oil has its own pleasant and unique scent that will trigger emotions and memories, which can help in your search for a more fulfilling and balanced life.

To help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy, here are a few essential oils and blends for diffusion, soothing baths, massage, inhalation, or topical application. Suggested oils that are uplifting and help the majority of people feel happy, include many of the crisp citrus scents such as:

● Bergamot
● Orange
● Lemon
● Tangerine.

Or depending on your senses others include members of the mint family:

● Peppermint
● Spearmint
● Pennyroyal.

The following essential oils can help positive energy flow depending on various states of negative energy you may be feeling.

To bring harmony to your home, invest in a diffuser and consider burning any of these oils to bring inner peace to those around you:

● Jasmine
● Ylang-Ylang
● Rosemary
● Patchouli
● Coriander
● Sweet Marjoram
● Frankincense
● Myrrh
● Vetiver
● Clary Sage
● Cypress
● Eucalyptus Globulus
● Hyssop
● Pine Needle
● Tea Tree
● Ginger
● Geranium
● Juniper Berry
● Thyme.

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Modern lifestyles mean we don’t always take time out for our physical wellness. A poor diet, lack of exercise and environmental toxins that we can encounter every day can leave the body unbalanced and lacking in energy. From weight management to supplemental support, essential oils and essential oil-infused products can help you to restore balance and feel your best. Try out a positive purity bath made with the following ingredients:

● 5 drops peppermint
● 5 drops ylang-ylang
● 5 drops lavender
● 1 tablespoon milk.

SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

Incense and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies.

Essential oils can also release chemicals in our brains to produce responses in our bodies that correspond to our needs. We can therefore use essential oils to help us to lead happier, healthier lives and do it without the need for drugs and chemicals.

To enhance your spiritual practice, dilute and apply empowering essential oils directly to wrists, feet, and behind the ears or diffuse the oils whilst meditating.

BEAUTY ROUTINE

Have peace of mind knowing that what you are using is free from parabens and harmful chemicals that can damage skin. Get rid of unsafe ingredients from your personal care products and rediscover your natural glow.

An ancient beauty secret, essential oils, along with some carrier oils, help promote a clear-looking complexion and help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using naturally derived ingredients makes it easy to incorporate the use of essential oils into your daily skin care regime.

LOVE

Love – the thing we desire the most. Essential oils have long been known to help find it.

The following oils are not only known to bring love into our lives, but to help us keep it once we have it:

● Rose
● Jasmine
● Frankincense
● Cardamom
● Basil
● Peppermint.

In your quest for love, give this romantic spray a try:

● 6 drops rose
● 5 drops jasmine
● 3 drops cardamom
● 3 drops basil
● 4 ounces water.

Combine the water and the oils into a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray yourself, your car, your office – or wherever you will find the person that you love. This recipe has been known to open the soul and the mind to love and thoughts of romance.

Chantelle Kimberley is the founder of Daisy Anai Skincare, and is also a qualified beauty journalist and therapist.

Instagram: @chantelle_kimberley / @daisyanai
Twitter: @chantelle_k1m
Website: www.daisyanai.co.uk
Email: chantelle@daisyanai.co.uk

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