Essential oils have been prized for their purity and medicinal properties since before the beginning of recordED time. The first recorded instances were in China between 2697-2597 BC during the reign of Huang Ti, The Yellow Emperor, but cave paintings in the Dordogne region in France show medicinal plants being used over 18,000 BCE.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants and herbs. They are often used in aromatherapy, a treatment that uses scents (or aromas) medicinally to improve and support psychological or physical health. This highly concentrated extract contains all of the plant’s properties and benefits, making it very potent and effective. Essential oils are administered via a diffuser or by application to different points on the body.
Here are four different essential oil products that can be incorporated into your daily routine to relieve stress or soothe a range of body afflictions.
Mångata Apothecary – “Chill” Botanical Roller
Roll the Mångata Apothecary‘s Chill onto pulse points and massage into the skin. Geranium is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping with muscle soreness, while nutmeg and tangerine help reduce anxiousness and over-stimulation. Suitable to use as a day-to-day perfume or cologne or when needing to calm the overstimulated mind.
Mångata Apothecary is a certified clean, nature-based, and cruelty-free Canadian small business that has a range of over 25 health and wellness products made locally in Surrey. Founder Stefanie Henderlin is a mother, midwife, and herbalist. She desires to help people feel more connected to the land they live on. Mångata’s mission is to bring botanicals back. With every purchase, the brand gives back to Cedar’s Network– an organization providing healthcare to refugees.
Bleu Lavande – Rosemary Essential Oil
Bleu Lavande‘s Rosemary essential oil is used in aromatherapy to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, burns, coughs, colds, digestive discomfort, and joint and muscle pain. This essential oil is 100% pure, meaning it retains all of its beneficial properties to the highest degree. This product is certified cruelty-free and safe for topical treatment or in a diffuser as directed on the bottle.
This team of lavender essential oil lovers based out of Quebec has been growing since 2004. They are proud to deliver the highest quality lavender to provide therapeutic benefits. Through their thriving farm located in Magog in the Eastern Townships, Bleu Lavande produces a unique range of health, beauty and home products.
Fern & Petal – Breathe Pure Oil Roller
This Fern & Petal roll-on is handmade in Vancouver, designed to help you breathe better by alleviating allergy symptoms and clearing nasal passages. The blend comprises rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon, which all contribute to soothing respiratory discomfort, opening the sinuses, and boosting memory and focus. Apply it to the temples, under the eyes, and neck, and let the oils do the rest!
Fern & Petal was born to meet the need for locally-made, high-quality products. This Vancouver–based family business uses all-natural ingredients in its products without any dyes, fragrances or synthetic preservatives. They care deeply about both nature and the community and donate $1 to plant a tree in Canada with the purchase of every product.
Great Bear Essential Oils – Western Hemlock Oil
Great Bear Rainforest Oil‘s breathtaking fragrance instantly transports you into the heart of a sunlit coastal forest. The Western Hemlock is distinguished by its drooping treetop and soft, feathery fans of needles growing up to 50-metres. The people of the Bella Coola regions traditionally used poultices made from the tree to treat burns, cuts, heart ailments, and rheumatism. Use a few drops in a diffuser and soon your home will smell like the majestic Pacific Northwest. This blend is a 20% dilution in a base of jojoba oil.
Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils is a social enterprise supported by the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative — a non-profit society and alliance of eight First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. All oils are carefully steam-distilled from fresh, sustainably harvested conifer needles gathered in the Great Bear Rainforest region. They also create sustainable, long-term employment for individuals with limited opportunities in their remote communities.
With this aromatic selection of essential oils, you and your home will always have a scent to suit every mood and occasion.
Our feature image is from Fern & Petal.
- Vancouver-based writer, Gio finds her passion in the areas of fashion, content creation and marketing. She strives to promote a clean, conscious, and active lifestyle through her work. As she gains experience in the areas of fashion and marketing, Gio seeks to foster relationships with brands that have strong values and offer high-quality products.
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