St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re going to an Irish pub, heading to a parade, or trying out some Irish food, there’s always room for more green in your St. Patrick’s Day routine. That’s why we’ve selected some of the best essential oils derived from green plants or flowers to help you get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Plus, with all of the eating, drinking, and socializing that goes on during this holiday, the health benefits that these essential oils provide will provide some welcome relief.
St. Patrick’s Day Essential Oils
Peppermint Essential Oil
This is one of the most versatile essential oils, and it has been used throughout history for relieving aches and pains and boosting focus. The chemical compound behind the healing properties in peppermint essential oil is menthol, a terpene that makes up about 39 percent of the essential oil. Not only is terpene responsible for peppermint’s minty flavor, but it also provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and digestive health benefits.
Peppermint essential oil can be used to alleviate digestive issues, freshen your breath, relieve headaches, and relax tense muscles.1,2 Plus, peppermint has been shown to curb sugar cravings, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to avoid eating ten shamrock-shaped sugar cookies in a row.3 All of these benefits are perfect in the face of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
For a convenient option that allows you to bring the scent and benefits of peppermint essential oils with you to all of your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, try it in our Mountain blend.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The scent of eucalyptus essential oil is easily-recognizable and is a combination of mint and citrus that’s perfect for spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Historically, it was used to relieve respiratory issues and relieve mental exhaustion or fatigue.4 After a day filled with parades and Irish pubs, a relief to mental exhaustion sounds exactly like what you’ll probably be needing.
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Try applying this essential oils topically after diluting it with a carrier oil like almond, coconut, or jojoba oil or bring a bottle of it with you so that you can inhale from it if you feel a headache coming on. For an easier on-the-go option, try it in a personal diffuser like Zen or Ocean.
Scotch Pine Essential Oil
Scotch pine essential oil is one variety of a wide range of pine essential oils. Today, the essential oil is distilled from the needles of Pinus sylvestnis, which produces a clear oil that smells woody, earthy, and fresh. It is best known for its pain-relieving, stress-relieving, and detoxifying properties.5
This essential oil has also been shown to relieve headache pain. Again, this is a perfect combination for keeping you relaxed and refreshed during a day filled with festivities.
Mandarin Green Essential Oil
Extracted by cold compression from the fresh peels of the fruit, mandarin green essential oil offers a refreshing, citrus scent that’s perfect for spring. This essential oil is best known for calming the digestive system and relieving nausea. Additionally, it has been shown to prevent infections, remove toxins from the body, and reduce muscle spasms.6
Since this is a citrus essential oil, applying it topically and going out into the sun can result in photosensitivity. Therefore, it’s best to avoid topical use of mandarin green essential oil if you’re planning on spending your St. Patrick’s day outdoors. Instead, opt for bringing a bottle with you to inhale whenever you need it or bring it with you in a personal diffuser like Healthy.
There’s another benefit to Healthy: it’s green, so not only does provide a range of benefits that’ll allow you to better enjoy your festivities, but it also doubles as a St. Patrick’s Day accessory.
Speaking of green accessories, if you’re really looking to go all out, there’s another green diffuser out there for you: Forest. This blend of black spruce, douglas fir, and sandalwood offers many of the health benefits that come with being out in the forest, such as reduced inflammation and increased feelings of peace and relaxation. It also contains ginger which has been shown to promote healthy digestion and lime, which has been shown to boost mood.7,8
This diffuser is a great green accessory, but it’s also a powerhouse of health benefits that can enhance your holiday and your day-to-day routine.
No matter what you’re doing for St. Patrick’s Day, the essential oils highlighted above are sure to enhance some aspect of it. Whether you’re using them topically, bringing a bottle along with you, or adding to your green wardrobe with some green personal diffusers, the benefits of the oils you bring can enhance the fun you’re having while preventing some of the negative consequences that can come from celebrating all day and night.
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