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How to get started with essential oils

Essential oils - we hear about them so often but it's not always clear how to use them. In this series of blog posts, we're going to look at the benefits of essential oils, the properties of different ones and how you can actually use them in every day life.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their aromatic and therapeutic qualities as each one is complex and unique in its own right.
They are extracted by distilling herbs and plants into concentrated forms, so a couple of drops really do go a long way. They can be used in a variety of ways and each carry individual properties that help heal and soothe the body, mind and spirit.
So why not start with the best of the bunch, the all rounder?! Oh lovely lavender...if you're looking for the essential oil, this is one of the most useful and versatile herbs. Unlike other essential oils, lavender is gentle enough to be used directly on the skin and doesn't have to be cut with a carrier oil.
It has numerous uses and benefits – here are some of the best:

Calming and strengthening to the nerves, lavender relaxes the muscles, lessens tension and promotes a restful sleep. Inhaling lavender has also been shown to reduce anxiety and slow down the heart-rate. Add a few drops to a spray bottle with warm water and spray across your bedding and pillow or add a couple of drops to a diffuser 20 minutes before bed for a soothing, fragrance-filled room.
With summer en route, it can be hard to avoid bruises, cuts, sunburns or insect bites. Rubbed externally onto the skin, lavender is a great natural healer on affected areas. It also works to lessen aches and pains, and remove fluid retention so it can also be applied to wounds, burns, sores, scars and injuries. You can also repel insects by spraying it in and outside your home.
The scent of lavender is also powerful in opening up breathing passageways, helping sinus infections, enhancing and uplifting moods and even balancing mood swings. You can dab a small amount under your nose, on your wrists or behind your ears to reap the benefits.
Soothing for digestion and cramps
Try lavender essential oil the next time you have indigestion, menstrual cramps or stomach pains as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Adding a couple of drops to warm water and gently massaging with a cloth to the lower abdomen or back can soothe intestines and even regulate estrogen.
You can find our lavender essential oil here, along with our large selection of other essential oils.
How do you use lavender? Share your comments or questions below.

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