10 Essential Oils You Need During Self-Isolation
In the midst of this global pandemic, many are feeling the stresses and burdens as they adjust to their new normal. While you're doing your part through quarantine or self-isolation, it's important to remember to take care of your body and your mental health. Essential oils have long touted health benefits used for aromatherapy, relaxation, and general wellness, and can be used in a variety of forms. We've rounded up a list of 10 Essential oils you can try to ease anxieties and ailments during the stay at home order.
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Calming lavenderIt’s no secret that Lavender oil has been the go-to scent if you’re looking to relax and recenter. Whether you’re working from home or using this downtime to learn a new skill, a calming bedtime ritual at the end of the day is always welcome.
Incorporate a few drops of Vitruvi Essential Lavender oil to a warm, damp face cloth for a soothing face steam or add 10 drops to a cup of Epsom salts for a sleep-inducing soak in the tub.
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Mood-boosting lemonFor many people self-isolation has been a tough process and you might find that solitude has affected your mood. Lemon oil is generally associated with all things clean, zesty, and bright, which makes sense that it is also a proven mood booster. The fruit’s oil works as an antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent and can be used in a variety of ways to bring a bit of sunshine to your day.
Try diluting Doterra Lemon oil with a fragrance-free moisturizer for a DIY toning and brightening skincare solution with a lasting fresh scent.
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Anti-inflammatory tea treeThe stay at home order has kept your skin out of the sun, away from pore-clogging pollution and even possibly makeup-free — so why is it freaking out? Between stress, changes in diet, and little-to-no exposure to antibacterial UV light it’s no wonder you’ve got some unexpected breakouts.
Tea tree oil can be used to both prevent and treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Dilute 1 to 2 drops of Thursday Plantation tea tree oil with 12 drops of carrier oil, such as rosehip, and smooth over cleansed skin to prevent acne, or use a higher concentration to spot treat using a cotton pad.
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Harmonizing lemongrassLemongrass essential oil carries a light herbal aroma which is said to have harmonizing effects on the nervous system. While often associated with cooking, skip the dishes and consider using a diffuser to fill the room with this fresh scent.
Thrive Market Lemongrass oil can eliminate mental fatigue and calms feelings of nervousness when inhaled, so consider placing your diffuser wherever you frequently read or work from home to stay chill.
Pain eliminating peppermint oilMaybe you’ve chosen to join the ranks and take up running for a daily dose of fresh air or find yourself spending a little too much time on the couch — either way, your body is feeling the shift. Peppermint oil is a great remedy to relieve muscle aches and pains as it instantly cools on contact.
This roll-on works wonders. Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy includes a blend of peppermint, lavender, and rosemary oil that can easily be rolled onto pressure points such as temples, the back of the neck or directly onto stiff muscles for instant relief.
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Energetic cedarwood oilPerhaps a lesser-known essential oil, Cedarwood has become a popular choice for its ability to promote emotional balance and vitality. Equal parts relaxing and energizing, topical uses to Cedarwood oil evokes feelings of clarity and confidence, making it the obvious choice to be used in the bedroom.
At home with a partner or keeping sessions solo, Province Apothecary’s Lovers Oil blends 10 sensual essential oils into a non-toxic, all-natural massage oil including Cedarwood and Rose Absolute for a heightened experience.
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Yuzu for zenYuzu essential oil offers an uplifting citrus scent which promotes positivity and helps calm nervousness. The oils sweet smell blends well with Bergamot, Grapefruit, or Sandalwood to enhance its orange fruit scent.
Rub a few drops of Revive’s Yuzu Essential oil between your palms and inhale for immediate feelings of optimism or consider blending them with a carrier oil to create a unique, cheerful scent.
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Eucalyptus for congestionIf you know, you know — and those who experience allergy symptoms have long associated their pesky side effects with the first signs of spring. If you find yourself feeling congested and fatigued eucalyptus essential oil may help respiratory ailments as it is proven to unblock a stuffed nose and promote sinus drainage.
Add a few drops of Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s Breathe Easy, a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, and cedarwood oil, to a bowl of water and inhale the steam to reboot your immune system and clear your sinuses.
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Clarifying sage oilDry, indoor heating can cause the skin to become dry, flakey, and dehydrated, including your scalp. Sage oil contains anti-fungal and antiseptic properties which help soothe itchy, dry scalps and may help treat dandruff and scalp eczema.
Aesop’s Sage and Cedar Scalp Treatment is a pre-shampoo oil suited for distressed scalps and boasts a herbaceous, woody scent. Massage one full pipette onto the scalp and allow up to fifteen minutes to absorb before shampooing hair.
Fennel for digestionBread baking aside, self-isolation has brought out our carb cravings which may have some unfavourable side effects including gas, bloating, and stomach cramps. Fennel essential oil has a licorice aroma and is known as a powerful digestive aid as well as having a relaxing effect on the body.
Tame those tummy troubles naturally with Saje’s Eater’s Digest, a digestive aid roll on which blends fennel, chamomile, and peppermint oil to calm indigestion and soothe stomach discomfort.
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Diffuser with essential oils for first-timersA little hesitant to roll-on or test these essential oils on your body? An easy entry point is a diffuser — you'll enjoy the benefits of various essential oils without having to commit to applying directly them to your body. The diffuser will release mist in a room of your choice so you can still enjoy this natural experience.
Try Homasy VicTsing' Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set to help de-stress from the demands of life.
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