If you’ve had a stressful few weeks or months (haven’t we all?), it’s time to switch off and practice some good ol’ fashioned self-care.
Looking after ourselves often gets put on the back burner when the stresses of life build up. But actually, a little me-time can do you a world of good and help you keep a level head when trying to tackle day-to-day challenges.
And what better way to relax and take some time than a long soak in the tub and a pamper night.
To help you get the most out of your spa night, try out these five essential oils.
Disclaimer: Although essential oils are natural, it is important to always patch test to check for irritation or sensitivity. It’s also recommended that pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers avoid the use of essential oils unless you have consulted your GP.
Citronella is perfect for restoring hope and happiness. The refreshing scent can alleviate anxiety and boost your mood. The oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and a natural deodorant, meaning it is good for just about anything!
It’s also been known to help with skin issues like dermatitis and eczema.
To use citronella, add a few drops to your skincare regimen (make sure it’s diluted), or add it into the bath with bath salts.
Eucalyptus also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is highly useful as a staple essential oil. It can be used to heal wounds, soothe itchy bites and relieve muscle pain.
You’ll often find this oil incorporated into balms and creams, but it can also be used in an aromatherapy diffuser to help open up the airways after a cold or respiratory problem.
CBD has become a popular oil to add to baths, lotions, and skincare routines. Although there is little evidence to prove the positive impact store-bought CBD can have, it is popular for those looking to relax and sleep after a long day, relieve pain, or calm the nerves. You can buy your own CBD oil at Platinum CBD UK, or speak to your doctor about a higher dose.
Patchouli is another staple for your aromatherapy collection. It smells incredible and is often used in perfumes. Patchouli is a natural anti-depressant and sedative, making it the perfect addition for an evening soak before bed. Despite making some people sleepy, it’s also apparently an aphrodisiac!
Patchouli can be used as a spray or perfume, as well as a topical if you are struggling with skin issues or damaged hair.
For a cozy winter night, fir essential oil will keep you feeling snug and festive. Fir works well with other carrier oils and can help support the respiratory and immune system. All of this can soothe irritations in the skin and improve emotional wellbeing.
Fir is often used in balms, lotions, or diffusers.
With this collection of essential oils, you might just find yourself prioritizing your own self-care and me-time more often.