18 December 2019

Aromatherapy 101: Massage oils for rest and rejuvenation

With so much happening in our lives – in between working longer hours, attending more social engagements, and constantly checking our inboxes at all hours of the day – it seems that we have lost the art of resting and relaxing. 

More often than not, we may not even think that we deserve time off. We associate working hard and longer hours with bringing high rewards. But at what cost to our mental and physical health? Humans aren’t designed to run on high levels without having a period of rest in between activities. So, if you’re feeling burnt out, it’s your body’s way of telling you that you might need to slow down, and recharge your batteries.

Why it’s important to rest and relax

Not only does resting help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop as a direct result of chronic stress and tension, but it allows us to clear our minds and focus. In fact, you may even be more productive in the sense that while you may have switched off consciously, your subconscious mind is engaged and may find creative solutions to your problems (after all, there’s a reason why many of our best ideas happen while we’re in the shower!)

We all find different ways to relieve stress when the grind gets too much: many of us sleep more, while others prefer to exercise. Some of us even book a massage for that ultimate luxe treatment. But you don’t need to go far to experience the benefits of a day spa: from the comfort of your own home, all you need is a quiet room and these pure essential oils.

The best pure essential oils for resting and relaxing

  1. Lavender essential oil: Known for its calming effects on both the mind and body, as little as inhaling this essential oil will recharge your batteries so you can perform at peak effectiveness. If you’d prefer to soak away your anxieties, enjoy a bubble bath with 4 cups of Epsom salts and 60 drops of lavender essential oil for a rejuvenating experience.
  2. Bergamot essential oil: Need a fresh perspective on life? Then you need bergamot essential oil to boost your mood and inject a bit of creativity. Simply find a quiet place in your home (preferably in a room where you can enclose yourself) and place a few drops of the oil into a diffuser. Then, sit back and relax as you take deep breaths of the scent in.
  3. Neroli in jojoba oil: If you’ve had a particularly stressful day at work and find it hard to unwind when you’re home and away from your desk, neroli in jojoba oil will work wonders for your mind. Reassuring, restorative and settling, this oil can even be used to treat mild insomnia and nervous tension.

Important things to know about essential oils

Pure and unadulterated essential oils such as the ones produced by Oil Garden are highly concentrated and extremely potent. Before applying on your skin, they should be mixed with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, avocado oil or sweet almond oil, and with the right quantity. By doing so, you’ll avoid the potential risk of a serious allergic reaction or the skin getting irritated or inflamed.

Just as you would try new cosmetics or a skincare regime, it’s a good idea to do a test patch to see whether your skin is too sensitive for your essential oil. Try placing a few drops on your inner wrist and waiting a few minutes to see if there is a chemical reaction.

Disconnect and embrace rest with Oil Garden’s pure essential oils

With over 30 years of experience as one of the leading pure essential oils brands in Australia, it is our mission to help others live a healthier, happier life through aromatherapy. We’ve big on quality, which is why every one of our bottles is sourced from pure plant extract. 

So, when you need to rest and rejuvenate, shop our essential oils collection today and enjoy the many benefits of Mother Nature.