Words by Ateh Jewel
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It took a type 2 diabetes diagnosis for our beauty guru Ateh Jewel to discover that these feel-good liquids were better pick-me-ups than caffeine and sugar.
Essential oils are literally nature’s gift to us and have had a wonderful effect on my spirit and wellbeing.
Back in the day, sugar was my go-to juice to get me through my heavy workload and motherhood with twins. It resulted in my body crashing and a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. So, I had to learn how to manage stress, sleepless nights and put a spring in my step without multiple espresso shots and sugar.
Along with yoga, tai chi, ballet and meditation, I now use essential oils in a very bespoke and curated way to help me feel good. Essential oils have been used for centuries in every culture across the globe to help calm the nervous system or energise and awaken the senses. If you’re also looking to feel cosy and healed at the end of a hectic day, try grabbing and slathering on one of these beauties.
Here are my faves…
1. Best essential oil for soothing energy
de Mamiel, Soothe, £40 for 10ml.
This rollerball of dreams has a clever blend of Watermelon Seed Oil and Passionflower Oil to help the absorption of minerals such as Magnesium, Zinc and B vitamins. The potent oil is blended with soul-soothing Sandalwood, stress-busting Ginger Root and uplifting Mandarin Peel. I slather this soulful oil onto my pulse points anytime I’m feeling a bit frazzled and need to take a metaphoric chill pill.
2. Best essential oil for morning energy
This Works, Morning Expert Wake-up Drops, £18 for 10ml. It’s safe to say I’m not a morning person and never have been, but that all went out the window when I had twins 10 years ago. When I need to feel focused, upbeat and alert I sprinkle some drops on my pulse points. The drops are laced with Rosemary, which has been clinically proven to help with concentration and has been used for centuries to help boost memory. Zingy Peppermint and calming Lavandin all help on the morning school run when gathering my ladies and their PE kits.
3. Best essential oil for travelling
Aromatherapy Associates, Breathe Pure Essential Oil Blend, £25 for 10ml. This has always been my go-to for travelling on trains and planes. When I ventured back on a plane after lockdown for the first time in 2 years, I carried multiple bottles of this with me. I love the cooling and refreshing Pine and Eucalyptus, which makes you feel like you’ve had a mindful walk in the woods.
4. Best essential oil for sleep
Therapie Roques O’Neil, Sleep Drops, £48 for 30ml. I’ve known Michelle Roques O’Neil for all of my beauty life – about 20 years. She’s a healer. Just like Michelle, these sleep drops are filled with magic. Try massaging a few drops onto the soles of your feet. Precious Neroli has a natural sedative effect on the nervous system, Hemp essential oil and Spikenard all help to soothe and calm, which will help promote a restful sleep.
5. Best essential oil to reduce stress
Scentered, DE-STRESS Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm, £14.90. This mess-free solid balm can be thrown into your bag and used anytime you need to step away from the precipice of a spiral. Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin blended together is great for helping you to press the reset button.
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