Summer should be a time to slow down and relax—in theory the perfect time to take better care and nurture yourself. But with this high-activity season in full bloom and vacations looming, making wellness a priority can seem impossible.
It’s easier than you think to incorporate healthy practices into your daily summer activities—and it’s particularly enjoyable when you incorporate the pleasurable scents and restorative benefits of aromatherapy.
"Aromatherapy is an increasingly popular topic these days—people want to know what it is and how to use those precious little oils to enhance their lives," said Charlynn Avery, Aura Cacia aromatherapist and national educator. "When it comes to essential oil use, it just takes some basic knowledge and a bit of creativity. Once you get started, you will find it is quite easy to blend your own products."
Essential oils are more than simple fragrances that can freshen up a room or make our skin smell better. Essential oils are pure, volatile oils extracted directly from plants and have many functions within the plant. Their efficacy comes from their chemistry—naturally occurring constituents that determine how best they are used to support our health and well-being.
Try these five summer wellness practices that get even better with the help of essential oils: