Essential oils have been used since mankind first developed medicine. Pure oils derived from plants are capable of strengthening the immune system. Essential oils are also a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body from free radicals. Furthermore, these volatile liquids fight against bacteria, fungus, tumors, and viruses. Essential oils can be used in a variety of methods. Most people apply the oils topically or diffuse them aromatically. Also,certain essential oils can be ingested through capsules, diluted in a beverage, or simply on its own. Essential oils are found to be very beneficial for energizing the body, as well as relaxation of the mind.
Chemical-filled sleep aids line the shelves of drug stores. A better nights sleep does not have to be reliant on man made synthetic drugs with unnatural ingredients. Essential oils, including lavender, bergamot, and chamomile promote relaxation and stress reduction in the body. These oils are used to treat depression, insomnia and stress. Diffusing lavender or bergamot into a room tends to create a relaxing environment at home or in the workplace. Also, placing a few drops of stress reducing essential oils on a pillow before sleep helps the mind and body become relaxed and calm. An example of an effective use of essential oils is at Zuda Yoga, a local yoga studio in Roseville. After an intense workout, students are given a cool, wet towel infused with stress relieving oils. This allows the mind of the students to come into a relaxed state when resting in the final pose, savasana. Weather you are seeking a good night’s sleep, or simply wish for less emotional stress, essential oils will always be superior when compared to harsh effects of unnatural drugs.
Furthermore, craving the need for a boost of energy in the morning is not uncommon for a majority of hard working adults in the United States. Coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages are consumed by the gallons annually by each individual. The addictive tonics may leave people feeling energized, however this stimulation is evidently followed by a harsh crash. Essential oils are a more natural and organic answer to those lethargic Monday mornings. Peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon are just a handful of oils used to invigorate the body and senses. Diffusing peppermint oil in a bedroom as soon as the alarm clock goes off, or splashing a few drops in your morning shower will help stimulate the mind, without the harmful effects of refined sugar and caffeine. Personally, I wake up with a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon water every morning. Not only is lemon great for detoxifying the body, it also gives me the boost of energy I need. Energizing essential oils can also be very beneficial in work and school environments. The scent of peppermint or lemon in the air has been proven to increase stamina and focus for office workers and students. Addictive caffeinated beverages lead to a strenuous cycle of hyperfocus and unavoidable energy crashes. Boosting energy with natural oils from plants is a far better alternative, both for the body and mind.
If you wish to learn more about essential oils, join Zuda Yoga in Roseville for a special essential oils workshop on Sunday March 25, from 2:00-4:00.
“A mini-retreat dedicated to the season, Summer [the teacher] will lead you through postures, breath work, meditation and various essential oils to enhance the seasonal changes. Set your intentions for the quarter and start anew aligned with our environment.”
After a peaceful yoga practice, stop by Sunrise Natural Foods to start your collection of beneficial essential oils. We offer a wide variety of oils, sourced from the highest quality retailers. Also, be sure to pick up an essential oil diffuser; the perfect tool to begin introducing essential oils into your life. If you have any questions, our product consultants are very knowledgeable and are available for any assistance you may need.
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