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What’s so essential about these oils?

by Tali Samoylenko on Tuesday 17 April 2018

 

Pop them into your oil burner, dab them on your skin or even add a few cheeky drops to your bath. Essential oils are as versatile as they are varied – when you know how to use them.

There are so many essential oils that are excellent for different purposes – get ready to see the light!  

Beauty 
Got a few scars you’d love to fade? Tea tree oil is an excellent antibacterial that is said to reduce the appearance of scars and dry up pesky pimples. Give it a go by dipping a cotton swap into the stuff and lightly dabbing it onto your skin. Make sure you do not double dip. This is ‘essential’ because it prevents contamination and maintains the purity of your essential oils for longer. If you suspect you’ll need a little more, pop a bit onto the back of your hand and dunk into that as much as you like. 

Locks need some love? Treat your scalp to some avocado oil or castor oil for some serious replenishment. All you need to do is pop the oil onto your roots, and leave it in like you would a normal hair mask. Of course, the longer the better (we reckon at least 4 hours), so if you can, chuck your hair into a bun, wrap it up, hit the hay and wash it all out in the morning. 

 

Winding down 
Whether you’re about to go to bed, or you’re looking for a bit of calm during the day, essential oils like lavender, rose and chamomile are fantastic. You can use them in few different ways to get you feeling tranquil. Try dabbing a small amount onto your temples and wrists, adding a few drops onto your pillow or even popping some into your washing machine to infuse with your clothes. 


Homing around   
Did you know that you can use essential oils to help around the home? For a natural carpet cleaner, combine baking soda and vinegar with a few drops of your favourite scent. To repel ants, soak some cotton balls in peppermint or arborvitae oil and place them around your home. And, to get rid of mozzies, add some citronella, eucalyptus or basil oil to your oil burner. 

 

Essential oils are a great way to relax and balance yourself out, and Virgin Active, we offer a range of classes to help you unwind too! From Tai Chi and meditation, to yoga and roll and release, we’re here to help you reach physical and mental greatness. Give us a call to see how we can support you on your wellbeing journey.   


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