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One of our favourite events from over the pond is May’s National Wildflower week. A week-long celebration of the natural beauty and ecological importance of wildflowers, this annual event is a great excuse to dig deep into the world of aromatherapy and discover its more floral scents.
So in honour of National Wildflower week, we’re going to introduce you to our favourite floral essential oils, and deliver some top tips on using them around the home.
Ylang ylang essential oil
The heady, sweet scent of ylang ylang is similar to that of jasmine, and it is known for its stress-busting qualities. So add a bottle to your collection and you’ll soon discover just how versatile this essential oil is. You can use it create a refreshing laundry spray by combining a couple of drops with some water in a spray bottle to deliver a delicious scent directly to you and your family’s favourite wardrobe pieces. You can also use it to keep moths and insects at bay by adding a few drops onto cotton balls and placing them in cupboards and on shelves to deter creepy crawlies.
Jasmine essential oil
The aromatic, sweet fragrance of jasmine may well be a lovely scent to have in the air, but this powerful essential oil is also great for dealing with minor cuts and scrapes. When applied to small abrasions, jasmine can help to ward off infections with its effective antiseptic and antiviral properties. Got a cold coming on? Try inhaling a touch of jasmine oil to enjoy relief from common respiratory issues.
Rose essential oil
Rose oil benefits are many and varied, but it’s commonly used to deal with stomach problems. Helping the tummy to function properly and regulating acid levels, rose oil is great for improving the digestive systems of you and your family. It’s also great for regulating hormone levels, which is a huge benefit if you’re dealing with PMS or the menopause.
Lavender essential oil
One of the most versatile essential oils on the market, lavender is perhaps most popular for promoting a good night’s sleep. If your little ones are suffering from broken sleep or struggling to drift off, lavender is a great tool in assisting the bedtime routine, as it’s perfect for winding down. By diffusing a little lavender in the bedroom, you can encourage a more restful sleep for the whole family. And, because the brain is great at connecting scents with memories and routines, lavender will remain a powerful tool in their sleepy routines as they grow up.
So there you have it, our quick rundown of the very best wildflowers when it comes to essential oils. These versatile oils have unlimited benefits and uses, so why not update your collection and discover how they can help you deal with common everyday issues? You can find out more about getting involved with National Wildflower Week this year by visiting their Facebook page.