Holistic Health: Infrared and Essential Oils
Essential oils have assisted humans with their quality of life for centuries. They do a lot more than simply smell nice, they offer cosmetic, diet and wellness benefits to those who use them, smell them and ingest them. A variety of health issues and ailments can be helped with a little bit of aromatherapy or essential oil use. The best way to lose weight naturally can include the use of these magical little oils as they are safe, effective and easy to integrate into your daily life. They can also assist you with pain relief, relaxation, detoxification, cellulite reduction and skin rejuvenation. Infrared also assists with these benefits and this makes infrared heat and essential oils a perfect pair. Essential oils are obtained through a distilling or extracting process, they are natural and can be found in flowers, seeds, stems, roots and other plant parts. As you know, plants, flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables occur naturally in our environment. Besides their many benefits (shade, beauty, oxygen, nourishment) they also contain essential oils and can provide our bodies with medicinal benefits. These oils give plants their distinguishing smells and they contain aromatic compounds which are organic molecules that quickly turn from a solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. Before we get into the essential oils, it’s important to note, not all essential oils can be ingested, so if you plan to take them internally, treat them like medicine and do your research. It may be wise to confirm with a health professional if you are unsure about their use. Start small and listen to your body. The best introduction to noticing the effects of your oils will be using them in an aromatherapy fashion, let’s start with the essentials ;).
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Eating a grapefruit may be part of your regular routine, but did you know it can assist with weight loss? When inhaled, ingested or applied to the body the oh-so citrusy grapefruit essential oil can suppress the appetite, stimulate the lymphatic system, help break down fat and even provide headache and depression relief. Many users say grapefruit oil helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and this wonder oil is a key ingredient in many cellulite reducing products. It works due to compounds like D-limonene that assist with lymph drainage and boosting the metabolism. Other Uses: relieve water weight gain/retention, prevent bloating, relieve headaches, pain and reduce cellulite. During Infrared Sessions: Apply to wrists (using carrier oil), diffuse in the room, apply a few drops to chilled towels. Apply directly to the body, using a carrier oil to assist with cellulite reduction.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This is one oil you’ll want to make sure you always have on hand! Besides suppressing cravings and assisting with digestion peppermint oil is refreshing, can ease body pain and soothe a headache! The scent of peppermint oil has been known to control the appetite and help suppress cravings. In the text, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” it says this essential oil isn’t only boosting the metabolism, but it can improve the body’s ability to process food. Pairing up peppermint with infrared is an excellent way to ensure your metabolism gets the boost it needs. Other Uses: Use before a meal to reduce appetite, or after to meal to soothe stomach upset. We love to diffuse or apply peppermint oil as a refreshing morning ritual or a midday pick me up. During Infrared Sessions: Diffuse in the room, ingest in water. Do note, peppermint can tingle when applied to the skin and may not be comfortable all over the body while its heated.
Lemon Essential Oil
We love lemons for their numerous health benefits, so why would lemon essential oil be any different? Lemon is a natural antiseptic and it can support your immune system as well as help with toxin removal. Infrared sessions are great for expelling toxins from the body and combining this fragrant essential oil can contribute as well. Other Uses: Detoxify the body and skin, improve mood, support immune function, assist with arthritis due to anti-inflammatory properties. During Infrared Sessions: Apply to wrists, ingest in water, diffuse in room for a refreshing session. Apply directly to the body using a carrier oil to assist with detoxification and lessen inflammation.
Lavender Essential Oil
This well-known and loved oil is derived from the evergreen shrub. It’s a popular fragrance and is also known for inspiring feelings of positivity, peace and balance. In addition to bestowing a general sense of calm lavender can be used as an effective digestion tool and it can support healing of the skin. Infrared is known to lower cortisol levels and improve the users overall sense of well-being, adding some lovely lavender to a session only adds to the zen-like vibe you’re creating. Other Uses: Aid and improve digestion, improve circulation, treat and calm the skin and relieve pain. During Infrared Sessions: Apply to wrists or temples, put a few drops in a carrier oil for a heavenly scalp massage, diffuse in the room. Apply directly to the body using a carrier oil to support improved circulation and pain relief.
How to Use Essential Oils in Combination with Infrared Sessions
One of the best ways to incorporate essential oils into your infrared sessionis by diffusing them. An oil diffuser is relatively inexpensive and simply requires water, power and essential oils to create a true ‘scent experience’ in the treatment room. If you plan to apply the oils to your skin, it’s a good idea to mix them with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, avocado or coconut. A few drops can make your chilled towels smell divine, improve your mood and contribute to weight loss, detoxification, pain relief and overall wellness. While the four oils detailed above are excellent options there are many others that may benefit you! Using essential oils can easily become part of your wellness routine.
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