Spare the chemical cleansers, moisturizers, fragrances — essential oils are *natural* + provide many health // beauty benefits! Plant essential oils are used in aromatherapy + alternative medicine for healing because of their aromatic compounds ++ relaxing effects. Usually in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps + cleaning products, essential oils smell fresh + support a healthy mind // body —
Extracted from the leaf of a eucalyptus plant, this oil can replace common-cold medications + vapor rubs. Rub the oil onto your chest to open up your airways + clear your sinuses. Plus it can relieve a nasty cough through its calming properties! Eucalyptus oil can also calm respiratory issues, like asthma, because it loosens mucus membranes. Add the oil to steam + inhale to open your sinuses. Feeling sore after a great sweat sesh? Spread some eucalyptus oil on areas that are tight to reduce pain + inflammation — a natural post-workout remedy!
Minty-fresh + a major pain-reducer, peppermint oil isn’t only for the holidays! Use this oil to relieve stomach // digestion pains — it eases abdominal pressure + allows gas to escape your body. Massage your stomach with peppermint oil or place a few drops into a cup of warm water // tea to settle an upset stomach. Try the peppermint mocha protein smoothie for a refreshing treat that is dessert too : ) You can also add drops of peppermint oil to your bath or body wash or rub into your skin to soothe sore muscles after a workout. Peppermint oil additionally acts as a natural air freshener + cleaner because of its antibacterial properties. Freshen your gym bag, backpack, + workout gear with a peppermint-water spray. Say *goodbye* to stinky shoes + sore muscles!
Lavender oil has multiple benefits + uses for the body // mind. It helps with relaxation, sleep, + skin moisturization. It is extremely versatile + beneficial because of its therapeutic effects. Try rubbing the oil into your temples // forehead to relieve headaches + sinus pressure. You can combine lavender + peppermint oil to create a cooling mixture that combats tension, especially if applied at the back of the neck. As busy college students, CHAARG girls need a good night’s rest, which can be improved by applying lavender oil to your pulse points [wrists + neck] + forehead before bed.You will breathe in the scents throughout the night + wake up *refreshed* for the new day! Lavender oil is also used in aromatherapy practices because of its calming effects. Use it when you feel most overwhelmed, like during study seshes + final exams. Furthermore, you can replace your hand lotion with a combination of lavender oil + coconut // olive oil for a natural moisturizer. It can soothe rashes, burns, cuts, + dry skin, ++ it’s easy to carry on-the-go!
Stick to your *natural* roots with essential oils! Find your fav remedies + share your essential oil tips // tricks with other CHAARGies on Instagram // Facebook! #CHAARGon
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University