Smell good, feel good with essential oils

By Rosangely Gómez

Perfumes can be such a pleasant part of one’s daily life. However, it can also take a toll on our budget, and its ingredients are not necessarily the best for us. 

How can we create a balance between budget and health without ceasing to smell the way we love and enjoy so much? Here is the thing, essential oils are a great substitute for perfumes. Ancient Egypt used to cultivate plants for their oils. Later on, they used them for cosmetics, medicine and religious practices. Recently, such interest in oils resurfaced. 

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How can we benefit from essential oils?

Essential oils contain no harmful ingredients. As explained by Dr. Deborah Wilson in Medical News Today, essential oils are absorbedthrough the skin. Massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can boost circulation and increase absorption. However, Dr. Wilson mentions that essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin unless they are mixed with a carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil. It has also been studied that essential oils help to relieve nausea, body aches, stress, insomnia, headaches, menstrual problems and alopecia. 

Essential oils different scents

Usually such essential oil perfumes can be found in roller bottles. They provide an easy and smooth application. These perfumes can be done at home with the necessary materials and ingredients, which usually are: essential oils, carrier oils and empty roll on bottle. 

Aromas can vary between floral, citrus, earthy and spicy. Some ingredients commonly used are: vanilla, jasmine flowers, rose-hip oil, lime oil, sweet orange oil, rosemary, clove, lavender, tea tree oil and many more. You can either combine your favorites to create the scent prefered, or mix them with the purpose of relieving some aches or discomforts you may be feeling (physical and emotional).                                                                                                                                                      

Keep in mind!                                                                                                           

  1. Make sure that the oils you choose to apply on your skin are mixed with a carrier oil like almond or olive oil. 
  2. Avoid applying essential oils to toddlers or children. 
  3. Oils that are safe for kids include: camomille, cypress and helichrysum. 
  4. Patch test in a small area of the skin first to make sure there are no allergy reactions. 
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Where can I buy an essential oils perfume?

Essential oils perfumes can be found in department stores, like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. They can also be bought online via Amazon. You could also buy the ingredients online or in a health store to make your own. 

With essential oils as a perfume you will be spending less on that designer perfume you love so much, you will avoid applying harmful ingredients to the skin everyday and benefit from the calming effects and aromas the essential oils provide. Sounds to me like a win win situation! What scent will you try first?

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