Essential oils are powerful — and before you start to doubt these mini bottles and the potential of their contents, we (along with our clean beauty chemists) promise they’re as impactful as they are cute.
Essential oils have the power to please the senses and the body (hello mind-body wellness!) in a variety of ways. From skincare to meditation, these highly concentrated forms of botanicals and herbs have been used by humans for thousands of years. Dating back to oil-based cave paintings of pre-historic times along with the ancient Egyptians boasting their own repertoire of essential oil rituals, the proof is in the pudding. While we may not use these oils in the same ways of the past, we’re still using them nonetheless, which is pretty epic.
As a highly concentrated substance, essential oils can be harsh if applied directly to the skin or too close to the nose or eyes, so it's important to note that the best way to experience aromatherapy safely is by diluting it with a water or oil-based carrier like a body oil or lotion, or by diffusing it.
Whether you're an EO pro or novice, we're sharing our favorite ways to use this OG medicine in our daily wellness routines.
If you really want to experience the power of essential oils, our Aura Diffuser will change your life. Part diffuser, part humidifier, this state-of-the-art machine turns the volume way up on your usual aromatherapy practice. All you need to do is fill with water and add 30 drops of your favorite oil (or combo of oils). This totally silent, sleek, simple design can dispense delicious, scent-infused air into your space for up to 6 hours. It will add a new element to your environment and make changing the vibe as easy as adding a new oil combo. In the morning, we love Energize + Refresh Essential (Peppermint) Oil.
Believe it or not, the blissful relaxation of slipping into a freshly made bed can be made even better. Add a few drops of the Sleep + Downshift Essential Oil Blend to a spray bottle, fill with water and dispense over your sheets as you make the bed or directly into the laundry basket when you take them out of the dryer. A few deep inhales of Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sweet neroli, and bright petitgrain help release tension and before you know it, you’ll be drifting off to sleep peacefully. P.S.A. you may have trouble getting your house guests to leave.
YOUR DAILY RITUALS
Whether you meditate, chant affirmations, or write morning pages, essential oils can help quiet your mind and deepen your focus so you can be more present. Add a drop of Awaken + Center Essential (Eucalyptus) Oil to some Restorative Hand Cream, hold in front of your nose (just like a pre-massage ritual), and take 3 deep inhales. Eucalyptus works to ground your mind helping you make the most of your mornings.
Aromatherapy and yoga go hand in hand for us (quite literally). Add a drop of Breath + Spa Essential Oil Blend on the palms or to the chest (with carrier oil) before you start your practice to open the heart with floral notes of ravintsara, eucalyptus, and tea tree. The addition of scent (and specifically this signature blend formulated for times just like these) encourages deep, healing breaths while fresh peppermint and laurel leaf energize and inspire.
Turn your shower into a spa-like experience by adding a few drops to the corner of your shower floor — if you’re looking for a way to enhance or maybe just switch up your morning or nighttime routine, this is it. Pro tip: a drop or two of Chill + Unwind Essential (Lavender) Oil in baby’s bubble bath is the perfect way for everyone to wind down and get ready for bed. Just be sure to use it sparingly (and consult a physician) for children — a little goes a long way.
HYDRATION + CLARIFYING TREATMENT
Essential oils aren’t just for the mind and nose. Energize + Refresh Essential (Peppermint) Oil added to some body lotion is a treat for sore muscles. Tea Tree oil has been used in traditional healing for centuries for its antimicrobial properties and more recently, as a holistic skincare treatment for blemishes and oil control. This is why we add Cleanse + Detox Essential (Tea Tree) Oil to a few pumps of Head-To-Toe Glow Oil to supercharge this radiance treatment. Rub diluted oil on your back as a hydrating, clarifying treatment or massage it through hair and scalp to control oil and moisturize and soothe itch.
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