3 Aromatherapy Tips Promoting Self-Love & Wellbeing
By Caryn Gehlmann
I’m constantly hearing about different ways that essential oils can improve our physical and emotional wellbeing. I keep my ear to the ground, so I wanted to share aromatherapy and wellness news that recently caught my attention, plus share three aromatherapy tips you can use.
Aromatherapy Tip #1 – Find the right essential oil or blend for you to calm anxiety.
When I first started essential 3, very few understood the calming properties of essential oils. That’s starting to change! An article in People Magazine caught my eye as it shared how actress Laura Dern is a big fan of essential oils and regularly travels with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and grapefruit oils. In the article, she said, “Grapefruit oil is really wonderful for anxiety, but it’s also wonderful for restoring balance when you’re jetlagged.” She also includes essential oils in her daily bathing to help her relax.
I appreciated that Laura Dern said she’s been studying essential oils since she was 17, so she’s done her research and discovered what works for her. Every one of us is different, so the key is to find an essential oil or blend that helps your body release pent up stress and relax! Click here to see my list of a few essential oils that many find helps lower their stress and anxiety.
Aromatherapy Tip #2 – Take care of your feet as you get older, essential oils can help.
Are your feet sore? Apparently, you’re not alone! According to a recent Health Bulletin by AARP, “About 24 percent of people over 45 suffer from foot pain. By 70, that number’s more like 50 percent. But foot pain is not a normal part of aging, says New Jersey-based podiatrist Alan Bass.” Some of the issues the article mentions are decreased blood flow to the feet, muscle, skeletal issues, and aging skin.
There are things you can do to keep your feet happy! We were surprised to discover that up to 72 percent of people wear shoes that don’t fit. As we age our arches often drop, lengthening our feet. You may have a valid excuse to go shoe shopping! Exercise is also important because proper foot function requires strong glutes, hips, and abs.
Essential oils can also contribute to happy feet. They can be used to treat nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and cracked skin. And since inflammation can play a role in foot pain, anti-inflammatory essential oils can be helpful. We recommend massaging your feet with 6-30 drops of e3’s Inflammation Blend in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Gently massage your feet when they feel inflamed.
Aromatherapy Tip #3 – Keep learning about aromatherapy to get the most health benefits.
I’ve really enjoyed a new book I wanted to share with you, Essential Oils: All-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body and home, by authors Susan Curtis, Pat Thomas, and Fran Johnson. This book is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to essential oils and how they can be used to improve your mental and physical well-being. I especially appreciated the simple visual instructions, gorgeous photographs, and illustrated A to Z reference section which includes information on application methods, guidance on creating custom blends, and up-to-date safety recommendations.
I would absolutely love to hear from you about the trends you’re seeing with the use of essential oils or your favorite aromatherapy books and resources. Being part of e3’s community is a great way to stay informed on the latest developments in the aromatherapy world. We’ll keep you informed if we think any of these developments may actually turn out to be harmful to our health and wellbeing. So make sure you join us for discussions on our Facebook page or sign-up for e3’s newsletter to get all of our aromatherapy tips.