You smell them, you wear them, but your essential oils can do so much more, beyond providing olfactory delight. Essential oil guru and founder of H. Gillerman Organics, Hope Gillerman, calls them “very effective problem solvers,” and we asked her to share some examples. Keep reading to find all of the wonderful uses your essential oils have in store for you!
After your shower, apply lotion in your armpits. Follow with two drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend in your underarms. “The shower opens up your pores, so your skin will absorb the antibacterial oils for instant detoxing,” Gillerman says. Use grapefruit, bay laurel, or lavender essential oil (like L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Relaxing Essential Oil Blend ($16) as a chemical-free deodorant.
Ever feel a little wary of dipping your feet into the basin at the nail salon? Gillerman has the solution. Dab an anti-fungal oil between your toes before your next pedicure for a worry-free soak. Plus, the minute your feet hit the warm, bubbling bath, you’ve amped up your pedi to a full-fledged aromatherapy treatment. Try lemongrass, cedarwood, clary sage, cinnamon or clove, like Doterra’s Clove Essential Oil ($21).
The right essential oils can reduce bloating. Stress affects digestion. Relaxing tense muscles to ease bloating with peppermint in a blend, like H. Gillerman Organics’ Clear Mind Tension Remedy ($48). "Lightly coat abdomen with body lotion or oil. Then place four to six drops (depending on skin sensitivity) in a circle around your belly button, and smooth it in with one light stroke—no need to massage it in," Gillerman says.
Make stepping into your closet an enjoyable experience with the help of essential oil. Gillerman suggests sprinkling 1/4 teaspoon geranium essential oil onto a tea towel and hanging it in your closet. Your clothes will always smell fresh, and you’ll feel relaxed every time you open your closet. Try Young Living’s Geranium Essential Oil ($55).