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Natural Wonders: Essential oils to beautify and beyond

Organic, medicinal and great smelling? Essential oils are about to become your cosmetics case newest acquisition.

Oh, sure… a little essential oil smells great dabbed behind the ears, but did you know that these little elixirs provide a litany of other benefits that H. Gillerman Organic’s founder Hope Gillerman calls “very effective problem solvers.”

Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, which is why you’ll find them in most green and homemade cleaning products, but the benefits go beyond your kitchen counter. Oils like lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and rosemary are all great for getting rid of pesky grime and bacteria, a few drops of lavender, bay laurel or orange essential oil under your arms after a shower can act as a chemical free deodorant, and rubbing clove, cedar wood or lemongrass on your toes before a pedicure will help ease any nail salon foot basin worries.

And as good as they are tackling problems on the outer, essential oils are perfect for tackling problems of the inner.

Feeling foggy after the holiday weekend? A few whiffs of rosemary essential oil can help increase focus and concentration. Entice yourself into a joyful mood with peppermint or ylang-ylang. And smelling clary sage can help calm PMS symptoms. It’s also well known that lavender can help stimulate relaxation and calm anxiety, and one or two drops of lemon essential oil in water can help detox your liver and acts as a mild diuretic.

There are so many ways to beautify and heal with these sweet smelling little wonders, it’s a wonder you haven’t stocked up on them already!

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