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Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Independence Day Drink

2020 Labor Day Celebrations

By Cassandra Yany

In the face of COVID-19, Labor Day weekend looked very different his year. Absent were the large family cookouts and pool parties, or the big end-of-summer beach crowds. Many cities even had to omit public fireworks to prevent mass gatherings. Though the long weekend did not bring the celebrations we’re used to, there were still plenty of safe ways to enjoy the holiday.

Virtual events allow you to take part in more activities in different locations than you would have been able to physically. Made in America, a festival started by Jay-Z in 2012, was set to take place in Philadelphia this past weekend. On July 1, festival organizers announced that it would be rescheduled to Labor Day weekend 2021. They said in a statement “Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systemic racism and police brutality. Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country.”

This year’s lineup went unannounced, but last year’s festival was headlined by Travis Scott and Cardi B. Since the physical festival was canceled, a livestream showcasing the best performances took place on the music streaming service TIDAL throughout the weekend. The virtual festival included sets from Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lizzo, Coldplay, Rihanna and many other chart-topping artists.

Nationally, a Labor Day virtual race was held by The Best Races for runners to run anywhere on their own time and submit their results. Participants who registered for the full package received a personal coach who was available Monday through Friday to provide help and answer questions during training, and provided encouragement and support on the day of the race.

Runners across the country were able to choose the distance of the race they wanted to participate in. Depending on what package they signed up for, they received a certificate of completion and digital medal, a 3-inch medal sent to their homes, a printable custom bib, a custom digital photo card that contains the race results, a digital running journal, a t-shirt, optional course maps and an optional pen pal program. 

Based in Portland, the Oregon Labor Movement held a statewide virtual Labor Day celebration and call to action on Monday. The organizers brought light to issues taking place in the state saying, “Working Oregonians are facing three crises at once: a deadly global pandemic, an economic free fall, and long-standing institutional racism.”

The event began at noon and featured talks from Oregon’s labor leaders, elected officials, and working Oregon citizens regarding their desire for change and their pursuit toward justice for workers. This event came after Portland’s rise to national prominence for their Black Lives Matter demonstrations and federal agents entering the city in recent months.

A number of virtual events were held in Los Angeles this past weekend, as well. HomeState, the LA-based Texas Kitchen, held its first Margarita Showdown in 2019, but had to move it online this year due to the pandemic and social distancing measures. The virtual event took place Saturday via livestream. Margarita makers in the area competed to see whose drink was the best.

Voters received eight bottled margaritas, along with limes and garnishing salt to try the different submissions from the safety of their homes. The winner chosen was El Compadre, a local Mexcian restaurant. The event was hosted by comedian Cristela Alonzo, and featured musical performances by Chicano Batman, Spoon, Questlove, Fred Armisen, Local Natives and Angela Muñoz. All proceeds from the event benefit the organization No Us Without You! and the Watts Empowerment Center.

The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica hosted a virtual Labor Day Pies class on Sunday. In the class, participants were taught how to make a s’mores pie and key lime pie. Registration for the class included access to the Zoom video meeting, as well as the recipe and shopping list. Recipes can also be found on Gourmandise’s Instagram.

Some cities were able to hold in-person events following social distancing guidelines. Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, located in the Seaport District, upheld its tradition of free admission on Labor Day. The museum is typically closed on Mondays, but was open from 10 am to 5 pm for guests who reserved tickets. 

Monday was the last day for guests to see the exhibits Tschabalala Self: Out of Body and Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas. Also on display were the Sterling Ruby, Nina Chanel Abney and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama exhibits. The ICA has increased cleaning and follows Massachusetts COVID guidelines by requiring all staff and visitors to wear face coverings, and allowing a restricted number of guests each hour. Spaces that don’t allow physical distancing are temporarily closed, and exhibition labels and printed materials have been made available online to reduce touch surfaces.

In New York City, a Labor Day Paint in the Park event was held in Central Park. The two-hour socially distant class was led by a master artist who gave step-by-step painting instructions. Participants were required to wear masks and sit six feet apart. Admission included a pre-sketched canvas and painting supplies, and parties were encouraged to bring food and drinks to snack on during the class.

For those who wanted to enjoy the holiday by relaxing at home with their favorite movie or TV show, a number of stores had sales to mark the end of summer. There were countless deals that shoppers could take advantage of to celebrate their work.
Many workers have faced great adversity within the past eight months, some losing their positions and having to move quickly to find a new one, and others doing their job in a way they never thought they would have to. Whether you stayed in or got out of the house for some socially-distant fun, Monday was definitely a day worth celebrating.

Rita Azar illustrates a design article for 360 MAGAZINE


Casio announced the release of the G-SHOCK GMWB5000TCF-2 on Thursday, the newest addition to the Full Metal GMWB5000 collection.

The new design is composed of a lightweight titanium case and band, DLC coating to prevent scratching and a blue camouflage design.

This new watch offers premium G-SHOCK features like Two-Way Time Sync technology which combines Bluetooth and Multi-Band 6 to show the correct time anywhere in the world. The model also offers a STN digital display to improve readability for the wearer.

It also self-charges with solar technology, aiming to combine practicality and functionality with style.

The GMWB5000TCF-2 retails for $1,700 and can be found online with G-SHOCK, in retail stores and at G-SHOCK’s Soho location.

PUMA x R H U D E Cell King

PUMA x R H U D E Cell King

PUMA and R H U D E, an LA-based streetwear brand, are back together for the newest addition to their co-branded collection, PUMA x R H U D E Cell King.

The PUMA x R H U D E Cell King isn’t just a shoe. It’s a street statement. Drawing inspiration from the original PUMA KING shoe, the PUMA x R H U D E Cell King features football-like stitching and the debossed R H U D E logo on a removable tongue piece.

The shoe feels vintage, aligning with R H U D E’s color palette while adding a suede form stripe and a midsole that suits the time and the look.

The new PUMA x R H U D E Cell King will retail for $150 on and in PUMA retail stores beginning Sept. 5.

Jean Button illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Hollister Back-to-School

Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), and the global teen brand celebrating the spirit of an endless summer, is partnering with TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio and Noah Pugliano for its new back-to-school campaign – leveraging the platform that has rapidly grown in popularity among its teen audience.

Charli, Dixie and Noah will serve as the brand’s “Jeanealogists”, together with science educator and television personality Bill Nye. The trio’s “experiments” in Hollister’s Jean Lab, led by Bill Nye, determined the science behind the brand’s perfect denim fits. This content will be featured across Hollister’s social channels and in store. Every aspect of the jean fits were tested and approved by Charli, Dixie and Noah, alongside other teens, to ensure they make teens as comfortable and confident as possible through features like smoothing pockets, curvy fit styles, new soft stretch fabrics and more.

“The ‘jeanealogy’ experience was amazing for us because Hollister has always been one of our favorite brands. We’ve been buying their denim for years and even borrowing each other’s. We loved being able to perfect our favorite denim and share it with everyone else,” said Charli and Dixie. Charli and Dixie’s favorite jean fits, which they hand-selected and marked with their official “stamps of approval,” will be featured in stores and online starting today, July 16.

As part of the partnership, Charli, Dixie and Noah are also launching the #MoreHappyDenimDance – a TikTok challenge choreographed by Charli that encourages users to celebrate comfort, and to share their “happy dance” when they slip into the perfect pair of Hollister jeans. Hollister fans who participate in the challenge will have the chance to be selected for a virtual meet-and-greet with Charli and Dixie.

“We are thrilled to partner with Charli, Dixie, Noah and Bill, as they combine the excitement of TikTok with the nostalgia that our teens love,” said Kristin Scott, President, Global Brands at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “This is the start of a longer-term relationship with Charli and Dixie, both of whom share our passion to spread positivity and build confidence among teens – especially during the uncertainty that surrounds this year’s back-to-school season. Additionally, as one of Hollister’s original brand agents in 2017, we are excited to have Noah on board for an even more robust partnership.”

Throughout the fall, Charli and Dixie will also be participating in various Hollister digital activations, in-store shopping events, and more. For more information on Hollister’s back-to-school campaign visit, and follow the brand on Instagram and TikTok to learn more about the #MoreHappyDenimDance challenge.


A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained herein or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company’s control. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties related to the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and the factors disclosed in “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS” of A&F’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company’s financial performance and could cause actual results for fiscal 2020 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this press release or otherwise made by management.

The quintessential retail brand of the global teen consumer, Hollister Co. believes in liberating the spirit of an endless summer inside everyone. At Hollister, summer isn’t just a season, it’s a state of mind. Hollister creates a carefree style designed to make all teens feel celebrated and comfortable in their own skin, so they can live in a summer mindset all year long, whatever the season.

Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and is sold through approximately 540 stores worldwide and globally. 

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360 Magazine, 360 X AOHSOA


Pop culture and design shape the global perspective. The highly anticipated venture with 360 Magazine and Creative Director Armon Hayes birthed through a rebranding during the Lockdown. It is an embodiment of coming out not in the same way you went in.

A capsule leading with love and embodiment of hope, the media publication and special assignment editor collaborate on a gender-neutral 4 piece offering, which includes 26 color palettes in an inclusive size run. It is available in athletic and slim blocks, crafted from ultra cotton. Excellent quality prints add a statement to a casual elegant appearance. These products are a fashion statement to anyone’s workout or everyday routine. The ultimate item in every active person’s wardrobe, the #FML capsule, now available on, is a direct reflection of 360 X AOHSOA audience, true to each brand’s street fashion aesthetic for which they are celebrated.

360 Magazine presents new wave brands, entities, and trends to tastemakers within their respective global communities, while also representing a movement of social awareness and change. It is very relevant to this time in history for black businesses to unify and solidify their presence within the market and industry we lead.

road trip illustration by Rita Azar

The Best Time to Purchase a Car

Six Expert Pointers on the Best Time to Purchase a Car 

Before you drive off into the sunset with your dream wheels, these tips for buying a car based on day, month, and holiday sales could offer massive savings: 

1. Do Your Car Shopping Early in the Week 

Naturally, most people tend to have more time on their hands over the weekends when browsing or shopping for a new car. But, in order to bag a better deal, you really should avoid weekends when car shopping. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the ideal days of the week for purchasing a car. This is due to less customer traffic, which means a better chance of driving away with a better deal. 

Car dealerships are also crowded over the weekends, which results in less personalized attention. This makes price negotiation difficult.

So, stick to the early days in the week and take advantage of those limited opportunities when car dealerships are at their quietest. 

2. Shop Later in the Year (and Month) 

Buying a new car at the turn of a new year is never a good idea. Instead, stick to later months in the year such as October, November, and December. Car dealerships generally have sales quotas and sales goals they have to meet by these later months in the year. 

Shopping for a car at this time could be work to your advantage as salespeople intend to settle with their sales goals and quotas in mind.

The same goes for car shopping later in the month. Sales quotas tend to sync up with the end of each calendar month, but it’s not always exact. Try to schedule your new car shopping for the 26th, 27th, or 28th of the month.

3. Take Advantage of Holiday Sales 

This really is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for any large purchase. Holidays periods throughout the year offer deeply discounted prices compared to other months — so take full advantage. 

Some of the best holiday periods to keep in mind include:

• Memorial Day weekend: summer is an expensive time of year to buy a car, but prices are always discounted over the Memorial Day holiday

• Black Friday: car dealerships take part in the Black Friday sale craze just like any other retailer, and you can save big

• New Year’s Eve: it may seem like an odd time, but this is one of the best days of the year for car shopping as dealerships are facing monthly, quarterly, and yearly quotas and sales goals

• Labor Day weekend: this a great time to purchase a car based on car selection and competitive pricing

Bear in mind that end-of-year holidays and sales goals are also driven by annual bonuses. Naturally, salespeople want to meet their quotas so that they can receive their commission. This makes for the best chance of securing a great deal on your dream car. 

4. Plan Your Shopping Based on Car Model Closeout

What is does it mean when a car is on closeout? Basically, this when a newer, updated model of the same car is being brought in, so older models are on closeout.

Car dealerships tend to have limited space when they receive their latest car models, and they need to move ”old” stock. This is another great time to get in a good car deal as older models need to be sold. 

If you can hold out on buying the most up-to-date car model, purchase an older model instead and save yourself thousands of dollars.

But keep in mind that many car shoppers use this same strategy. Most manufacturers release new car models in the summer but don’t wait too long to make your move as older car models can sell out very quickly. 

5. Consider the Car’s Design Cycle

Car models are constantly being updated. Some car models are also completely res-designed altogether. It may be a good time to shop for your car when the manufacturer is about to implement a completely new design cycle of the car. 

You could save serious amounts of money on the outgoing design model as the stock needs to be sold. This is a great tip if you are more of a bargain hunter, and not too focused on being a trendsetter! 

6. The Best Time of Year to Buy a Used Car

If you have your eye on a used car, October-December is the best time of year to consider buying second-hand.

These months tend to coincide with peak season and new-car buyers. This means that the number of trade-ins increases exponentially at car dealerships. Basically, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to second-hand car options.

The greater number of trade-ins at a dealership also makes for better prices — especially if a dealership wants to meet its end-of-year quotas. 

Get Your Auto, Art, Design, Travel and Health Fix 

Now that you know more about the best time to purchase a car, you’ll know that you really shouldn’t rush into a car purchase. Holding out pays off in the long-run. 

Future of Retail

Report by MySize

The Future of Retail and Contactless Shopping

How Can Retailers Build Customer Loyalty – While Still 6 Feet Apart?


MySize is a leading retail measurement technology company, used by companies such as Boyish Jeans, U.S. Polo Assn. and Intimates Uncovered. As states move to reopen, consumer trust has waned following events connected to the global pandemic. In order to better assess how consumers feel about returning to the physical retail setting, MySize conducted the following survey that outlines how consumers view the current in-store shopping experience, and their pain points with e-commerce operations.

To capture these insights, MySize surveyed 1.5k people across the United States.

The data derived from this survey revealed that consumers still crave a personalized shopping experience, but appreciate contactless tech-driven solutions. Consumers trust retailers and brands that implement new rules (i.e. private fitting rooms and requirements for holding returned clothing) in order to feel more safe about returning to stores post-COVID.

The survey also showed that the majority of consumers do not trust their clothing will fit them without physically trying apparel items on, which shows how critical contactless measurement technology will be to the future retail experience.


71% of consumers say that they feel comfortable shopping in-store at non-essential retail locations following the coronavirus pandemic. But, are they ready to step back in-store immediately?


The majority of those polled (30%) said they would feel comfortable shopping in-store again immediately

  • 26% of consumers will wait 2 weeks after the stores reopen to shop in-store
  • 18% of consumers will wait 1 month
  • 14% of consumers will wait 2-3 months
  • 11% of consumers will wait over 4 months after stores reopen to shop in-store again

Females are more hesitant to return to stores than men

  • The majority of women (28%) will wait 2 weeks after the stores reopen to shop again
  • The majority of men (36%) will return in-store immediately after stores reopen

Gen Z is also much more cautious than any other generation to shop in-store again

  • A whopping half of Gen Z will wait 2 weeks before shopping in-store again
  • Majority of Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers will all return in-store immediately


The majority (49%) of consumers say they will feel most comfortable shopping at small, local retailers following the pandemic

  • 35% of consumers say they will be most comfortable shopping at department stores following the pandemic
  • Only 16% of consumers say they will feel most comfortable shopping at standalone specialty retail stores

Baby boomers are the most likely to support local businesses, with the vast majority (59%) responding that they will feel most comfortable shopping at small, local retailers

Will Gen Z, on the other hand, revive department stores?

  • The majority (43%) of Gen Z respondents said they feel most comfortable shopping in department stores following the pandemic


Shoppers say they are the most uncomfortable to shop in-store for the following:

  • The majority of shoppers (49%) are uncomfortable to shop for apparel now
  • 33% of shoppers are uncomfortable to shop for cosmetics now
  • 18% of shoppers say they are uncomfortable to shop for shoes now


Post-COVID-19, shoppers said that the following would make them feel the safest when shopping in-store:

  • 28% said requiring contactless payment options and purchases made via mobile devices
  • 27% said retailers holding returned clothing and/or merchandise for 48 hours
  • 26% said being able to book a private fitting room in advance that has been properly sterilized
  • 18% said retailers color coding returned clothing, based on how long ago the item was returned


Breaking down the data from the previous question, we found the following:

  • The majority of Gen Z respondents (32%) would prefer to be able to book a private fitting room over all other options
  • Additionally, the majority of male respondents (28%) would also like to be able to book a private fitting room
  • The majority of Millennial respondents (30%) said that they would prefer that retailers require contactless payments
  • The majority of Baby Boomers (28%) would like retailers to hold returned merchandise for 48 hours
  • Similarly, the majority of female respondents (30%) would like retailers to hold returned merchandise for 48 hours


The majority of consumers (56.41%) responded saying that the most impacted aspect will be getting to try on items before purchasing

  • 19.66% of consumers responded with browsing at their own leisure
  • 13.25% said receiving recommendations from store employees
  • 10.68% of consumers responded with the social aspect of in-store shopping

Baby Boomers (24%) were the number one group who responded with browsing at their own leisure


61% of consumers do not trust that their clothing will fit without physically trying it on

  • Baby boomers were the least likely to trust that their clothing will fit (34.74%), followed by millenials (19.48%)

With the majority of respondents lacking trust in retail sizing, how do the majority of consumers determine their proper fit when making online purchases?


The survey results show that when online shopping, the majority of consumers would proceed with their purchase by making a guess on their size for the apparel item:

  • 44.07% of respondents would make a sizing guess and hope that it fits
  • 34.27% of respondents wouldn’t buy the item all together
  • 21.67% of respondents would purchase multiple sizes and return unused merchandise at a later date

Men are more likely than women to purchase multiple sizes and return unused merchandise at a later date

  • 52.92% of men would prefer to purchase the item in multiple sizes and return the additional merchandise
  • The majority of women (61.72%) would prefer to make a sizing guess and hope that the item fits


The majority of consumers (76.97%) reported that the most common reason behind returning clothing merchandise was that the item didn’t fit properly

  • 18.42% commonly return items because it’s not their style
  • 4.61% return clothing merchandise because it’s damaged

Millennials return items the most because they don’t fit properly

Additionally, consumers what convenience when it comes to return:

  • 53.42% prefer to return items in-store
  • 30.34% want to mail the item back
  • 15.81% prefer to curbside return
  • 0.43% wouldn’t return the item


The majority of consumers (93.54%) believe that retailers need to be more transparent about clothing sizes and the way in which items fit

  • A slim percentage (6.46%) of consumers do not feel that retailers need to more transparent about clothing sizes
  • Out of the percentage, males are the least concerned with retail sizing transparency
    • 66.67% of males do not feel that retailers need to be more transparent

Baby Boomers are the most concerned group when it comes to sizing transparency

  • 29.33% of Baby Boomers feel that retailers need to be more honest when it comes to clothing sizes

Amazon Under Fire

By Eamonn Burke

The online shopping megacorp Amazon is under heavy criticism following an insensitive stunt on Juneteenth, the day that slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom.

Rather than honor this day with a paid day off, Amazon offered chicken and waffles to their employees in a Chicago warehouse yesterday. The senseless gesture was accompanied by a statement:

“We stand in solidarity honoring the black community by supporting local black businesses. We are happy to share an authentic meal crafted by Chicago’s Chicken + Waffles.”

The warehouse employees, a largely African American demographic, condemned the “celebration” as racist, and felt that it reinforced the very message that Amazon was seemingly denouncing. A spokesperson for Amazon claims that the intention was to support a local black-owned business.

“So much for supporting your Black/African American employees. Where’s the Solidarity in that?” said an employee. “We demand a paid holiday, not some damn chicken.”

This is part of a continuing criticism of Amazon for poorly treating warehouse workers and subduing their attempts to unionize. These motives were revealed in a shocking video intended for Whole Foods managers that leaked. In addition, a November petition that demanded better working conditions was signed by over 600 employees. The complaints constricted breaks, lack of transport assistance, and high risk of injury.

Bring the Soul of Hotel Joaquin Into Your Home

During these uncertain times, frequent travelers and adventure seekers are desperate to get back to their favorite vacation destinations. With that in mind, we are giving you a guide to our top 10 favorite things at Hotel Joaquin to bring a slice of this laid-back luxury retreat into your home. Nestled along the breathtaking Laguna Beach coastline: The newly opened 22-room petite resort designed by Studio Robert McKinley (Surf Lodge Montauk) offers highly personalized service with a St. Barth’s vibe. This designer sanctuary seamlessly connects adventure and respite with the tranquility of the beach carried throughout the property.

Michelle Blade Ceramics

Each individual piece is handcrafted by renowned artist, Michelle Blade. A mix of utilitarian and high art, her pieces are weighty, with interesting shapes and proportions. Each is hand-painted by Michelle and exudes the same dreamy mystique for which she is known.

Leaves and Flowers Tea

With the goal of giving people a “botanical experience”, Leaves and Flowers is a small batch tea company whose products are a journey in flavor and aroma. Every tea is crafted to highlight the medicinal, flavor, and aroma profiles of each carefully sourced ingredient.

Common Room Coffee Roaster

We deliver fresh-brewed Common Room coffee to each guest every morning and it is a great way to start the day. They are also based in Southern California and Hotel Joaquin loves to support local businesses.

Poppy & Someday Rose Toner

This restorative toner is derived from natural ingredients and harnesses the anti-inflammatory power of roses. Poppy and Someday is owned and operated by Herbalist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Kari Jansen. After years of studying herbalism, Kari combined her passion for plants with her love of gardening, wildcrafting and herbal medicine making to bring Poppy and Someday to life as a business.

Everyday Oil

This product is somehow equal parts unfussy, practical, and sumptuous. Good for your body and face as a moisturizer or cleanser, Everyday Oil is a workhorse of the divine, combining a variety of cold-pressed essential oils and botanicals to create this beauty staple. It is a perfect product for our crowd who appreciates effortless luxury.

The Lost Explorer “Traveler’s Protection” Balm

A fortifying shield of essential oils to help defend against environmental assaults. Lost Explorer as a company whose philosophy aligns with our goals:” to [craft] products and experiences that feed your curiosity and support your everyday adventures”.

 Le Labo In Room Products

The pinnacle of the fragrance market is Le Labo. Their scents are unmistakable, complex, rich, playful, and evocative. Because scent is perhaps the most powerful memory marker, the in-room product experience was key. Le Labo’s Santal 33 is perhaps their most iconic scent, known for its layered notes that strike a perfect balance of the masculine and feminine. For our guests, this in-room amenity sets the tone for the level of quality and refinement they can expect throughout their stay.

Salt and Stone Sunscreen

This luxurious, antioxidant-rich, mineral-based sunscreen is ethically sourced, ocean-friendly, sustainably produced. Founded by a former professional snowboarder, Salt + Stone marries luxury with performance.

Ethiopian Fair Trade Hats

These are such a classic shape and beautifully made. The rigid brim keeps its shape and simple leather drawstring tie makes these beach-friendly even on the windiest of days.

Uses For Essential Oil And Applications Like Refillable Essential Oil Vape Pen

There are essentially three methods for essential oils to incorporate into the body either through absorption into the skin, inhalation, or ingestion. For each of these methods, there comes a variety of techniques for application. It’s important to note that the substances are not to have direct application to the skin without having dilution with a carrier oil. Typically, you would use a teaspoon of the carrier such as a vegetable or nut oil or even water in combination with three drops of the pure compound.

Essential Oil Application

The method that you use for application will depend on the effect that you want and which substance you choose. Some oils irritate the skin meaning they would not be appropriate for the topical method. A more appropriate technique may be inhalation for which you could try this application, a refillable essential oil vape pen alternatively. The condition will play a part as well in determining which technique you choose.

  • In most instances wound care will involve the topical method.
  • Inhalation or topicals will be more useful for mood-related effects, but the suggestion is that inhalation may be more fast-acting.
  • In a steam bath, both inhalation and topical absorption note to be useful.
  • Ingesting or swallowing essential oils is not recommended due to the damage that it can cause to the body. However, they can be useful when added to water and gargled. After gargling, you should spit out. You should not swallow any of the solutions. An example is a drop of tea tree oil in combination with a glass of water notes to be useful for a sore throat.

For those who don’t know how to use their aromatherapy most productively, consulting with a qualified aroma-therapist is advisable for guidance. 

Carrier Oil Guidelines

Natural food shops or bath and body stores that specialize in natural products will offer conventional carrier oils for use in diluting essential oils for use as topicals on the skin. Those carriers deemed to be cold-pressed or organic are the recommendation with examples such as apricot kernel, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, grapeseed. These don’t offer a strong smell on their own and should be kept cold until use (in the refrigerator) and discarded if they become rancid. Typically, these substances will last up to a year when kept in the fridge.  Ne mindful of potential risks with the chemical as advised at

Lavender is among the very few that can go undiluted on small places of the skin. Pure lavender has benefits for cuts or minor burns or, when inhaled, promotes sleep and relaxation.

The Benefits Provided Through Aromatherapy

The claim is that essential oils in combination with appropriate medical/holistic care from a healthcare practitioner can support the prevention of certain illnesses and assist in boosting the immune system. They note to have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that help in preventing certain illnesses from developing. 

The immune system boasts as benefitting from the substances being breathed in through the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream.

  • Colds are less likely when the passageways are kept clear of bacteria and congestion through the use of peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
  • When inhaled, various oils, including sage, oregano, cinnamon, frankincense, and eucalyptus note to boost the immune system’s function.
  • A potent antifungal, antibacterial, is tea tree that boasts of having the capability of preventing fungus and cuts from turning into serious infections.
  • The claim is that patients diagnosed with Lyme disease have seen success in the immune system boosting through the use of clove.
  • Oregano touts as being a strong antibacterial capable of helping to heal infections within the body and keeping them from turning into more severe ailments.
  • Garlic boasts of fighting a variety of viral, fungal, and bacterial infections with its noted healing properties. Learn here the basics of what these substances are.

In taking time to understand what each oil’s capabilities are, you have the potential to support your medical provider in the treatment plan of healing the mind and body using what touts to be a safe and natural technique. Aromatherapy has been around for many centuries boasting as an efficient benefit against a diverse group of ailments.