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Our aromatherapy guide can help bring clarity to how essential oils can help improve your well-being. More and more people are turning to aromatherapy to help treat a variety of conditions, from stress to skin problems.

Aromatherapy—the therapeutic use of essential oils made from aromatic plants—has been practised for centuries in cultures around the world. Certain essential oils are known for their physical and emotional benefits.

Essential oils can also be used to create powerful natural cleaners and disinfectants.

Aromatherapy Guide

Aromatherapy Guide

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Essential oil uses

One of the most common uses of aromatherapy is for relaxation, but essential oils can be used to treat a variety of conditions including acne, burns, colds and insect bites. There are hundreds of essential oils, all with their own uses and benefits. Here are three of the most popular.

Buhbli Organics Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil has a bright, sharp, medicinal scent with woody undertones. Excellent in a diffuser, hot bath, or steam to help soothe cold symptoms and sore muscles.

This oil by Buhbli Organics is 100% pure, USDA organic certified and therapeutic grade.

Buhbli Organics Peppermint Essential Oil

HoMedics Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is soothing and relaxing, so it’s great to use at bedtime and in the bath. It blends well with many other essential oils, like peppermint and lemon, so you can have fun creating a scent that works for you.

Lavender essential oil can also help soothe burns: apply a few drops to gauze and wrap it around the injured area to help reduce pain and encourage healing. This oil by HoMedics is 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

HoMedics Lavendar Essential Oil

Nature’s Bounty Tea Tree Oil

This pure 100% tea tree oil by Nature’s Bounty is a broad-spectrum antiseptic with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is ideal for helping treat minor cuts, abrasions, pimples, burns and minor infections, bites and stings.

Plus, it kills 99.9% of household germs!

Nature's Bounty Tea Tree Oil

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Soothing soaks

Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath can help you unwind or soothe tight muscles. Lavender, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint essential oils—or a blend of them—are all great choices.

Don’t just pour essential oils straight into your bath water. The oils will clump on the surface, leaving them in their concentrated state, which can irritate or even burn your skin. You need to mix the essential oils with a dispersing agent such as a carrier oil, body oil, castile soap or Epsom salts before adding to bath water.

A general rule of thumb is to mix five drops of essential oil with a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil or castile soap or 28-56 grams (1-2 oz) of salts.

Equate Epsom Salts

Equate Epsom Salts help increase the relaxing effects of a warm bath while helping to reduce stiffness and soothe away daily stress.

Use in bathtubs, hot tubs and whirlpool baths.

Equate Epsom Salts

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Good scents

There are lots of ways to get the benefits of essential oils through inhalation. To freshen up around the house, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to unscented laundry detergent, sink drains and garbage cans.

When you’re feeling anxious, put a drop or two of relaxing oil, such as lavender or ylang-ylang on a handkerchief, hold it near your nose and breathe. To help soothe cold symptoms, add peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to hot water and inhale the steam.

Aromatherapy diffusers are one of the most popular ways to enjoy breathing in essential oils. These diffusers mix the oil with water and send a fine mist into the air.

You can diffuse a single essential oil or try expert blends that are meant to stimulate joy, calm or easy breathing. You might also enjoy blending essential oils to create your favourite, custom scent.

PureGuardian SPA101WCA White Aromatherapy Diffuser

This PureGuardian aromatherapy ultrasonic oil diffuser quickly and continuously fills the room with natural oil essence and automatically shuts off when empty.

Lightweight and compact, it’s ideal for a home, office or hotel setting.

PureGuardian SPA101WCA White Aromatherapy Diffuser

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Aromatherapy cautions

Essential oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots and other parts of aromatic plants. Because essential oils are naturally derived from plants, people often underestimate their potency. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so it’s important to treat them with caution, as you would any medicine.

Health Canada has a detailed list of guidelines on the safe use of essential oils. Following these tips can help you safely enjoy all the benefits aromatherapy has to offer.

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