Essential Oils for Summer Wellness

Summer is here, a time when we embrace the ever-needed holiday both mentally and physically. Ironically, the summer can still be challenging because we are trying to fit everything in. As such, consider incorporating a wellness routine from yoga to meditation to aromatherapy to journaling. The goal is to start gradually and allow the practice to marinate. 

Aromatherapy is a hot topic worthy of extra mention. While many want to know its benefits, others remain unsure about oil practices. A great place to start learning about aromatherapy is from your oily buddy. Putting forth the time to talk and learn about oils will heighten your awareness of new self-care routines and wellness choices.

What many don’t know about essential oils are their multi-faceted purpose. More than just a fragrance, oils can be used when creating your own beauty supplies, cooking your favorite recipes, and practicing meditation and yoga to create a stronger spiritual connection.

Quality essentials oils are 100% pure, all-natural ingredients extracted directly from plants, however, the true magic of any oil is how it blends with your body’s natural chemistry.

Below  are a combination of oil and non-oil based rituals for your summer wellness and self-care:

1.  Get outside and embrace nature. Smell the fresh air and listen to the birds or the sound of the wind. Be grateful for your ability to soak in the sights and sounds of the season as such a thing can be easily taken for granted.

2.  Drink water. Then drink more water. Having a well-hydrated brain and body is one of the best ways to relieve and prevent stress and anxiety.

3. Grab a good ol’ hard copy book and read. To increase the calm, diffuse a lemon or eucalyptus oil for a peaceful and relaxing environment.

4. Take a warm bath with lavender oil and meditation music in the background. Allow yourself this solo retreat to let your mind and body rewind.

5. Exercise daily. Whether it be a 30-minute walk or a 5K run, just keep moving. For added motivation, inhale some peppermint oil to rev up your energy.

6. Meditate at least two times a day in five-minute increments while inhaling an essential oil at the onset of the practice. Meditation mixed with oils allows your brain and body to slow down, relax and reconnect with your inner bliss.

7. Whip out a cookbook and learn a new recipe. Oils such as lemon add great zest to chicken and fish dishes.

8. Embrace your creative side and attend a pottery class. Art has the innate ability to naturally ease and soothe the mind-body connection.

9. Grab a pen and paper and write. The practice of writing is a natural way to release your thoughts and emotions in a safe and sacred place.

10. If you need a dose of motivation, plug into a podcast by Jay Shetty, Mel Robbins or many others for encouragement in your everyday life.

So, take your pick of these health-conscious suggestions. Each will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the summer season. Remember to reward yourself with the self-care you deserve. Self-care is not selfish, it is mandatory for your mental health.

📸: Daniel De La Hoz

Mindfully curated by Debra Gudema for Well&Co.

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