The use of essential oils inside the studio is not suggested, however they can be especially beneficial outside of the hot room. In an earlier post we wrote about the power of peppermint essential oil and its many benefits that may enhance our practice. Some of those benefits include its cooling properties, promoting mental alertness, aiding in digestion, headache relief, among many others. There are a wide array of essential oils to work with, below are four and some of the positive effects they may have outside of the yoga studio.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which can be a lifesaver when washing sweaty yoga clothes that may travel home in a dark plastic bag or even left on until arriving home. Tea tree oil rids clothes of any odors, germs, and eliminates mold and mildew. This is also a cure-all for clothes forgotten in the washer that become musty smelling.
Add ten drops to a wash load with your regular laundry detergent.
This universally-loved scent is well known for its calming effects relieving stress and tension. It also has anti-fungal and anti-nausea effects.
Use it in a spray bottle diluted with water as a bed linen spray or rub a few drops in palms of hands and wipe over pillowcases for a restful night’s sleep.
This essential oil smells much different than regular lavender, it has an energizing camphor-like aroma which promotes concentration and focus. It may also be used diluted in oil or water and applied topically to repel insects and to ease muscles and arthritis-induced aches and pains.
Try adding a few drops to the shower floor to create a spa-like steam room effect
Oil of Oregano
This powerful plant has strong antioxidant properties that may help to fight off colds and flus serving as a natural source for immune health. Several studies have shown that carvacrol and thymol, two compounds found in oregano, have antibacterial properties. You can add fresh or dried oregano to your food or swallow a couple of drops of oil with water.
Always consult with your healthcare provider before using any essential oils.