The lights are dimmed, the bath is slowly filling and there’s nothing but steam and serenity in the air.
The scent of jasmine and lavender lifts higher into the room as you slowly plunge into the bubbling water, letting the day melt away from you.
Doesn’t this ritual sound heavenly?
There’s no mistaking the reason why we tend to rely on essential oils so heavily to relax and unwind after a long day at work. As ambitious women, we’re always looking to improve and feel our best so we can perform at our best.
This practice is not a new one, in fact, it goes back hundreds of years. But it’s been in the spotlight a lot recently as more and more people begin to experiment with them in a bid to improve their moods.
We know that the power of belief and a go-to ritual can be all you need to relieve yourself from any outside negative factors. And if essential oils give you a little boost that helps you feel better about yourself, then there is no harm in giving it a go.
So, if you’re looking to try it out scroll down for our guide to essential oils and how you should use them.
FOR RELAXATION & SLEEP
Ylang-ylang, lavender, jasmine
Best Time To Use: 6- 10 PM
Ylang-ylang essential oil comes from flower petals of the large, tropical ylang-ylang tree. Ylang ylang actually means “flower of flowers” and was given this name because of its sweet, floral scent. In fact, ylang-ylang oil is one of the key ingredients used in the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5!
It’s perfect to infuse your home with at night time as it can even help fight off insomnia as it has effects that can lower your stress levels and calm a fast heartbeat. By massaging it into your body, you will feel stronger and more at peace.
Also read: ‘How Mindfulness Can Help You Be More Successful‘
Similar to Ylang-Ylang, lavender has been known through the ages to restore peace and calmness and send you off into a good night’s sleep. And believe it or not, but a lot of products we use on a daily basis contain lavender.
Research suggests that it has positive effects when treating anxiety, insomnia, and even depression. So, if you’re finding it hard to go to sleep then infusing your room with lavender would be a good place to start. In addition to this, lavender is also connected to positive effects in regards to pain relief (headaches, stomach aches, and even nausea).
It’s common to know that Jasmine is an essential oil and ingredient for promoting a healthy night’s sleep and relaxation. And just like the two previous oils, Jasmine is known to alleviate symptoms of depression and uplifts the mind to actively fight it. But that’s not all. Surprisingly, jasmine is an aphrodisiac, and can often make you feel like you’re in love. You can even use it to fade out scars and marks left by acne.
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FOR EXTRA ENERGY
Grapefruit, lemon, orange
Best Time To Use: 6 AM – 12 PM
Grapefruit oil is amazing. It has the power to do so many various things. Firstly, it can help you combat cravings and aid you on your weight loss journey. It’s even useful for curing headaches and acting as a natural de-stressor. And on top of all of this, it is one of the best essential oils for boosting your energy levels. If you want to know how to have the most productive morning, read more here.
Not only does it alleviate a tired mind, lemon is actually a great deoxidant for your skin that will perk it up and make it look less tired looking also! If you suffer from really oily skin lemons are your cure.
Expect your brain to wake up and feel energized whenever the scent travels through the air, which makes it perfect for those work afternoons that need a boost.
Anything zesty is going to be good for energizing your senses, which in turn energizes your mind. It’s the perfect scent to end any long day, where you need to revitalize and rebuild.
Studies show that the oil boosts cognitive function, which will increase your memory and strengthens the ability to retain information. And apparently, it also does wonders for the skin too.
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Best Time To Use: 3 – 8 PM
This oil has some history, and it’s been known through the ages to be a magical oil. It has such amazing calming properties that can relieve any worried mind. Not only does it help reduce stress but it helps you fight negative emotions.
To feel utterly relaxed, there’s no better place to use than in the bath. The scent has even been known to increase your connection to your intuition.
You’d be surprised the amount of fragrances sandalwood is infused in. It’s a top note in most of Tom Ford’s fragrances. That’s why you’ve never felt better when you wear your Tom Ford perfume.
Not only is it good for relieving stress but it’s also a good memory booster that works improve your focus and concentration.
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FOR ENHANCING BRAIN ACTIVITY
Rosemary, pine, juniper
Best Time To Use: 6 AM – 3 PM
This oil can also be used to promote healthy hair growth, all you have to do is rub it into your scalp and let the oil work its magic. On top of this, like the other oils, rosemary is also really good for improving your memory (never forget your keys again!).
But the only difference is that rosemary has been linked to memory for hundreds of years and has been tested many times on its effectiveness. And applicants did perform better than those who had not inhaled rosemary.
The connection between pine and good health goes back a long time, and it’s a scent we all recognize. Most commonly known for its germ-fighting properties, pine is usually included in a lot of cleaning products.
But that’s not all that it’s good for. It works to stimulate the mind and wake up the body. And this allows the individual to experience an overall energizing effect. So, whenever you’re feeling tired, or a little low then pine is all you need.
Juniper oil is a jack of all trades. It is quite high in antioxidants which helps you fight off free radicals. Because it’s naturally detoxifying, this makes it a really good oil to use for your skin.
Alongside this, it boosts the productivity of your neurons in your brain. This means you’ll be sharper and feel much more energized. It will even make you feel less fatigued as it works to wake you up!
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