When in doubt, go with lavender.
That's one of the lessons you might learn during your first trip to Essential Oils Boutique (3470 University Ave., Suite No. 2).
"Lavender is the go-to oil. Lavender is one of those oils that you can pretty much use for anything," said Twanna Moore, owner of the Columbus store.
Another lesson? This boutique smells really, really good.
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It's not too surprising. After all, Moore regularly diffuses essential oils an her store -- a process that involves freshening the air.
Most people are likely familiar with aromatherapy, a term that's gained popularity amid increased interest in natural remedies.
Moore is among the people who believe essential oils can potentially ease some of life's ailments.
Suffer from headaches? Try lavender or peppermint. Sinus problems? Eucalyptus or peppermint might work. Insomnia? Lavender again. Need a mood boost? Try a citrus scent.
Even if you don't have a specific need, the scents can often transport you to a world of relaxation.
You can savor the benefits of essential oils in a variety of ways. In addition to the diffuser method that involves using the essential oil to freshen the air, you can apply the oil directly to your skin or hair. In some cases, you'll mix it with a "carrier oil" designed to dilute the essential oil a bit. You can also put the essential oil on a tissue that's placed inside your pillowcase.
Moore emphasized that even though essential oils have potential to ease pain, they're not a full substitute for medical care. "Follow your doctor's recommendation," Moore said.
Moore's store boasts "100 percent pure" essential oils. What does that mean? "It's not diluted. No water, no other oils -- just straight from the plant," she explained.
The store's inventory isn't confined to essential oils. Moore also carries a variety of other natural health and beauty products, including locally made soaps that she says can help with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Interested in making your own cosmetic concoction? Essential Oils Boutique can help. The store sells bottles in a variety of sizes for people who want to experiment with their own mixtures.
In addition, the boutique hosts workshops that focus on beauty on wellness. Next on Moore's calendar is a June 9 Natural Hair and Wellness Expo that will feature hair styling tips, advice for staying healthy and more.
Moore encourages people to call the store at 678-835-8713 with additional questions. She'll even order oils that aren't regularly in stock. You can also visit the store's Facebook page at facebook.com/oilsboutique.