Essential oils are one of nature's greatest gifts to us. These aromatic oils are versatile, powerful, and essential (pun intended) to living your best life.
Most essential oils are steam distilled, and the aroma comes from the stems, leaves/flowers or roots of the plant. The steam distillation creates two products; the lighter one, known as hydrosol (such as rosewater), and the heavier, less abundant product, the essential oil.
In past blog posts, we've talked about different essential oils and their many uses. Not only are they great for massage, they're a great addition to your every day life for common ailments. Here's what I mean:
If you suffer from stress-induced headaches, tension headaches or migraines, a lovely blend of peppermint, rosemary and lavender essential oils can be used to help treat them. The menthol quality in them is excellent for releasing tension, while lavender battles against stress and anxiety. The rosemary is great for creating a relaxed environment as well. Peppermint essential oil is also known to help invigorate the senses, which can help you feel more alert and sharp. If you want something more relaxing to help ease you into sleep and give your brain a break, blend lavender with chamomile essential oil for a more relaxing experience with a less stimulating effect.
If you're prone to allergies, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender (or other herbaceous essential oils) are great choices as they can help to inhibit histamines, open your airways and clear your sinuses. These oils are especially effective against respiratory symptoms due to allergies, or even the common cold, on top of all their other beneficial properties. If you suffer from mold allergies, mandarin or orange essential oil works well to battle symptoms since they naturally have anti-fungal properties.
For insomnia, anxiety and sleeplessness, you can use lavender and chamomile to help lull you into a pleasant, refreshing sleep. You can also add clary sage or bergamot essential oils, which can be blended with lavender and chamomile or used on their own.
Note: If you want something a bit sweeter, you can add just a bit of vanilla extract to really mellow out the herbaceous property of these oils. This will create a really rounded out blend!
Here's an easy-to-follow chart of essential oils that you can use daily:
Luckily for us here at Massage La Mesa, we carry lavender, orange, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, which as you can see hits just about every area on the Venn Diagram! Don't be fooled though- there are many other essential oils out there that are fantastic for other uses or create a more beneficial experience when blended with the ones mentioned above.
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If you're interested in using essential oils during your massage, simply ask for the aromatherapy add-on when booking over the phone or click on the add-on services when booking online.
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We hope you find this blog post both informational and useful, and maybe it will inspire you to use essential oils at home! If you would like more information on the essential oils we use here in the office, feel free to call, email, or simply comment on this post to request more information. We would love to give you some sources and answer your questions!
Remember that everyone has their own taste and preferences when it comes to scent combinations. The blends listed above are our recommendation, but feel free to experiment with them until you find something you really like!
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