According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is, "the persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms." Depression is a serious issue that requires medical attention. Depression can take many forms and severities. While you should consult a professional medical professional if you are feeling depressed, there are some additional self-care activities you can do to pick yourself up that include aromatherapy.
Ylang Ylang is a tropical flower that grows in Madagascar. The oil is extracted through steam distillation. Since the oil comes from a flower the scent is very sweet and strong. Since it has a strong scent it should not be used if you are prone to headaches. Ylang Ylang is safe for sensitive skin and is not known to cause major skin irritation.
I mostly use Ylang Ylang in my diffuser. It is really strong, so I only use a couple drops. It pairs really well with lavender. It's a great scent for unwinding in the afternoon.
Lavender essential oil is the queen of essential oils. It is the most popular and beneficial. Lavender essential oil is native to Europe and was discovered around the Medieval times. Lavender essential oil is also responsible for the emergence of aromatherapy as a discipline. The power of lavender was discovered by a French chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. One day a fire broke out while Gattefosse was working in his laboratory. After evacuating the building and extinguishing the fire on this body he doused his burned hands in lavender essential oil. The lavender seemed to not only stop the damage from the burning but also helped the wounds heal faster. This event led to essential oils being used more for their therapeutic properties rather than just smell (Modern Essentials 2015).
Continue reading to learn how to use, the properties of, and the 100+ benefits of lavender essential oil.
Many essential oils require a carrier oil when used topically. Carrier oils dilute essential oils so they can be safely applied to the skin. Carrier oils are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that provide a protective barrier and soften skin and hair.
Here is a list of 16 different carrier oils and the best ways to use each.
Hello! I am Julianne. I was born and raised in the Midwest but now reside in the Southwest. I am very passionate about well-being and nature. I enjoy travelling and creating on my free time. I hope you learned something new from my blog. Thank you for reading!
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