This essential oil hardly needs an introduction, we’ve all probably used this at some point in our life. This versatile essential oil is taken from the peppermint plant, which is a hybrid between spearmint and watermint. It has been around for centuries and was first cultivated in England in the 17th century and has been used ever since in most all branches of medicine.
Let’s take a look at some of its incredible uses!
- The biggest benefit of this oil during the summer months is that it cools the body
down, this is caused by the menthol the plant produces which increases blood flow.
- Again because this oil contains menthol, it helps reduce inflammation
caused by an injury or even sunburn due to its cooling properties, when used topical with a carrier oil.
- Due to peppermint oil’s refreshing properties, it helps ease stress, as well as
headaches caused by a buildup of stress when inhaled.
Citronella Essential oil
This aromatic oil is extracted from a grass native to Sri Lanka and Java, it is a pale yellow colour with a fresh lemony scent. It has been used throughout the years for different things but mainly for its light happy scent.
- The biggest use for citronella is as an insect repellent, this is due to it masking the scent that the insects are attracted too, making you less appealing to snack on or be around. Making this perfect for any camping trip!
- Citronella is great at regulating the natural sebum (oil) our body produces thus
decreasing the amount it produces. It also helps soothe and irritated dry scalp.
How to use essential oils
You can add a few drops to any diffuser or oil burner which will slowly release it into the air to be inhaled. For use on the body and face, it will have to be diluted as you cannot use essential oils neat. The best way to do this is by using a carrier oil, 1 drop of essential oil to every 10ml of oil.
Another great way is using essential oils is a few drops in the bath as the oil will gently be absorbed into the skin and the aromatic properties can also be inhaled subtly.
Precautions when using essential oils
- Never use directly onto the skin.
- Avoid use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Never ingest essential oils, only for use topically.
- Please consult your doctor first if you are taking any medications.
- Avoid use on pets.
- Avoid use on children under the age of three years old.