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Masks and Essential Oils

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Grabbing a mask before you leave the house has become second nature these days, almost as important as remembering your keys and wallet! While some people only need their mask when they pop down to the shops, others are required to wear one for most of the day, if their job entails close contact with people. The act of mask wearing is not something we have done all of our lives, and while it might seem normal now, it can still cause discomfort or distress in certain individuals. Poor mental focus, anxiety and headaches are a few symptoms that people report after long periods of mask-wearing, but luckily there are solutions to these problems. While we can’t just stop wearing masks, there are a few natural ways to alleviate negative feelings. One such remedy is the use of essential oils. One or two drops of an essential oil onto your mask can greatly improve your mood and reactions to poor effects from a mask. 

The array of essential oils have various benefits including the following:

Lavender oil to reduce anxiety and fight against any tension you may have.

Orange oil for calming down and feeling more at ease.

Lemon oil to give you energy for the day.

Peppermint oil to relieve headaches and open the lungs.

Eucalyptus oil to clear the mind and lungs and open up the sinuses.

These oils reach the brain through your smell nerves and act to calm you down and make you feel better, as well as reach the lungs to open them up and relieve difficulty breathing. 

A drop or two of dilute oil onto your mask will work wonders. If this is too strong, you can add a drop to the side of your face for the same effects. Another method to apply essential oils is that of the mask spray. To create this spray, mix distilled water, and about 10-12 drops of your oils of choice

Apply 2-3 light sprays onto your mask and let it dry completely. Once this is done, your mask will have a lovely scent which not only smells good but improves your mental state too!

Try these essential oils from SOiL 

Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia) 10ml – R100

A must for the first-aid box! A versatile oil, Lavender is renowned for its relaxing and calming properties and its ability to relieve headaches and insomnia. Excellent for all skin types, it is also very effective in the treatment of burns and prevention of scarring.

Organic Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis) 10ml  – R30

Warm sweet orange has a fresh and fruity aroma which has a refreshing effect. It is useful in treating dry skins and renewing dull complexions.

Organic Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon) 10ml – R40

This lively oil with its refreshing citrus aroma is highly antiseptic making it useful in treating wounds and infections. Also useful in the home to clean and deodorise.

Organic Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) 10ml – R60

Peppermint is known for its refreshing and stimulating properties. It is said to aid circulation and treat various digestive upsets.

Organic Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus Smithii) 10ml – R30

This oil is very pleasant for use in massage blends and steam inhalations. It helps clear breathing passageways and can protect against colds. It cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.

Easy Breathe – R65

Expertly formulated by our certified aromatherapist, this blend of essential oils contains 100% PURE and certifed organic essential oils. The combination of Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Clove essential oils help to control pain and fever, congestion and sinusitis

All products available online at www.soil.co.za

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