Wednesday, March 11, 2009
TAKE A GOOD WHIFF
Aromatherapy is the age-old practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils of plants are often used to unwind and relax. You can try an oil blend that includes the following ingredients:
Bergamot: helps to lift depression, reduce anger and frustration
Geranium: helps to ease nervous exhaustion and anxiety. also balances emotions
Lavender: (one of my favs)it's best known for stress reduction. helps to promote sleep and reduce nervous tension
Petitgrain: helps to reduce mental fatigue and depression; calms panic
Ylang Ylang: regulates cardio & respiratory rhythms. calms nerves. antidepressant
Chamomile: calming and relaxing. sedative, anti-depressant
How Make the Essential Oil Work for You
Step1. Inhaling the oil's aroma is the best way to experience its healing effects. Drip 2 or 3 drops of the oil onto a tissue or onto your pillow before your sleep. Breath in deeply and let the aromatherapy work its magic.
Step2. Soak in a warm bath after adding 3 to 6 drops of the oil to your bathwater. If the bath is for children, use 1 to 3 drops of oil. For babies, use 1 drop. Allow about 20 minutes in the tub for the oil to absorb into your skin and the fragrance to have aromatherapy benefits.
Step3. Dilute 2 or 3 drops of the essential oil into 6 ml of grape seed, olive or vegetable oil and massage it into your skin. A neutral-scented lotion can be used in place of the mixing oil. Simply add the essential oil to the lotion, mix well and use.
Step4. Diffuse the oils into the air by mixing 2 or 3 drops into water in an oil burner or an old pan on a stove. Turn the heat on low. As the water gets warm, the scent will diffuse and fill the room.
Step5. Create a warm compress by mixing 4 or 5 drops of the essential oil to a bowl of warm water. Immerse a cloth into the water, wring it out and place it on your face or neck. You can repeat the process when the cloth becomes cold.
Step6. Make an aromatherapy body scrub by adding 10 drops of the essential oil to 1 ounce of ground sea salt. Add water to make a spreadable paste. While in the bath or shower, rub the mix to your body in circular movements.
Step7. Mix 16 ounces of any neutral shampoo with an ounce of essential oil. Wash your hair with the shampoo and rinse clean
For more indepth information on how to safely and successfully use essential oils, I recommend the following books:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Essential Oils Book by Colleen Dodt