One of my fondest memories I have of my mother-in-law Rita is her love of essential oils. She had a home office that always smelled incredible, and this was due to the burning of oils in an oil burner, filling the air with wonderful fragrances. Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Camomile were favourites, and eucalyptus would be used if she was suffering with a cold or flu symptoms. Now I have oils burning in my own home, often using an electric oil burner that I picked up from Amazon. I love the fact that, as well as producing lovely scents, they can also affect your health and well being, and can be an aid to relaxation, and can even help if you have problems sleeping. In my view, every home should have a selection of essential oils to hand.
New Direction Aromatics has some really wonderful fragranced oils that are suitable for everything from diffusers, to creating your own soaps and cleansers. They offer a wide selection of pure, unadulterated Essential Oils obtained from a range of sources, including blossoms, leaves, bark and roots of flowers, herbs, fruits and spices. In particular, they are experts in Lavender Oils, being the Number 1 supplier of Lavender Oil in the Essential Oil industry.
You can read a guide on essential oil brands and their uses at civilizedhealth.com.
Some of the oils stocked by New Direction Aromatics, that I would recommend for use in the home are:-
- Tea Tree. One of the few essential oils that can be used neat, tea tree works well as an astringent, particularly for skin suffering from blemishes. In my previous life as a teacher this was a sometime cure for head lice – apparently ‘nits’ didn’t like the smell and avoided hair that had been treated with tea tree.
- Eucalyptus. This is an oil that is brilliant when you are suffering from colds and flu symptoms, or blocked noses. Eucalyptus can be added to a hot bath or a facial steamer in order to clear a blocked nose, and will also work well with a diffuser to add eucalyptus to the air.
- Chamomile. Chamomile is a mild, sweet oil that can help with relaxation, so is perfect to burn in a large space like your bedroom in order to help you drift into a blissful, deep sleep. Chamomile also mixes well with lavender and rose, and can be used for massage and as a natural antiseptic to treat wounds.
- Lavender. We know that it smells divine when added to an oil burner, and it also aids sleep, but did you know lavender works well as an anti-aging treatment? It is said it can reduce the appearance of age spots when mixed with Frankincense oil and used after a morning shower. Inhaling Lavender oil can also help those suffering from Migraine headaches.
Clearly essential oils are just that – they can help in so many ways and are often inexpensive to buy.