Four Essential Oils to Improve Your Life

Essential oils have been used medicinally throughout history. More people are enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy, a branch of natural medicine that harnesses the curative effects of essential oils and other aromatic compounds:

1. PEPPERMINT
* Dab a few drops of peppermint oil on temples, neck and sinuses to banish headaches
* Rubbing a drop of peppermint oil on the stomach can relieve indigestion
* Take internally to ease stomach cramping or diarrhea
* Use as a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant in teething babies or after dental work

2. LAVENDER
* A few drops on a pillowcase helps deep sleep, resolves depression and anxiety.
* Inhale the vapor 4 or 5 drops in a bowl of water to relieve colds and flu
* Apply a few drops to neck, chest and between eyes to calm sinuses and allergy symptoms
* Can be applied to soothe and heal minor scrapes and rashes

3. LEMON
* Apply a few drops regularly to callouses or corns to soften the skin
* Add a few drops to a glass of water for an instant energy boost
* Use lemon oil in a diffuser for an uplifting mood booster
* Use to remove chewing gum from hair by applying lemon oil first

4. TEA-TREE
* Dab a few drops on acne affected skin to prevent breakouts
* Can reduce cavities by adding to homemade toothpastes
* Combat athlete’s foot by massaging into feet
* Clear ear infections by adding few drops to water and apply by dropper
* Ease allergy symptoms by massaging a few drops into chest, abdomen or feet

Besides, these medicinal uses, some of these oils like lavender, roman chamomile, sandalwood oil, enhances the relaxed state of meditation and one can soak the senses in such aromatic fragrances to have the experience of eternal beatitude.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Dr. Shruti Bhardwaj
Therapeutic Nutritionist

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