There are easy ways to include Aromatherapy in your everyday life.
Essential oils can be a powerful tool to help boost your health and wellbeing. If you’ve ever wondered how then read on for some quick and easy tips!
• Sniffing directly from the bottle. This is the quickest, easiest way to enjoy aromatherapy. Crack open your bottle of choice, inhale deeply several times a day or when needed. You may also place a drop or two on a tissue to sniff or place under a pillow.
• Diffuser. Various styles are available but any will do. Electric with mist has a reservoir which you fill with water and several drops of your essential oil. This then disperses a soft aromatherapy mist into the room. Different sizes are available, check the size you buy will accommodate the room you’re planning to put it in. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for usage and how many drops of essential oil to use. I use these in my kids rooms to help improve sleep and lessen severity and duration of colds.
Another style is a reed diffuser. This is typically a glass container similar to a small vase which is filled with an essential oil solution and long sticks or reeds are inserted to soak in the scent. These reeds are flipped every so often and the solution may be refreshed when needed.
• Bath. Generally 5-10 drops of essential oils added to a warm bath after filling the tub will suffice. You may also mix a few drops of your essential oils to 1/4-1/2 cup epsom or Dead Sea salts or milk before adding to the bath water.
• Perfume. Create your own custom blend! Add 10 drops of essential oils of choice to 1 teaspoon of lightweight carrier oil such as fractionated (liquid) coconut oil, grape seed or jojoba oil. Any unscented oil will work for this really, if you’re not using an unscented base then be sure that the base smell is something you can work with (coconut for example). Apply this mixture to pulse points as desired.
• Massage oil/body oil. Exact same idea as perfume except the ratios are slightly different. Mix 15-20 drops essential oil with 30 ml of carrier oil. Use like a massage oil OR as a moisturizing body oil immediately after a bath or shower.
• Create your own scented body lotion, facial lotion, shampoo or conditioner. A general rule of thumb would be to start with an unscented product and add 1 -2 % essential oil. For example if you have 100 grams of body lotion you would add 1-2 grams of essential oil and mix well (20 drops of essential oil = approximately 1 ml/g).
• Make your own oil based facial cleanser/make up remover (OCM). One of the most basic principles of chemistry… like dissolves like, meaning that oil dissolves oil. The idea here is that the cleansing oils will dissolve hardened oils and impurities and the warmth opens pores allowing the oils to be easily removed. Often people find that their skin may take up to a week to adjust but will continue to improve after that. Works great to balance oily and dry areas, improve acne and blackheads, reduce scarring and as an anti-aging treatment. May also be used to remove eye makeup. Rinse well afterwards.
To make your own simply mix together castor oil (or use hazelnut or grape seed) with olive, sunflower, coconut oil or another skin nourishing oil and add 1-2% essential oils. If you have oily skin try 1/3 castor to 2/3 olive etc oils. For combination skin 1/4 castor to 3/4 olive oil etc. For dry skin use a small amount of castor oil and a much larger percentage of skin nourishing oils. To use start with a dime to quarter sized amount and massage into skin for one minute. Wet a washcloth with very warm water, wring out water and lay this over face until it cools. Do this several times then use the washcloth and warm water to gently remove excess oils. Rinse if desired. Some people may prefer to follow with a toner and moisturizer, some like to use a drop or two of the oil mixture to provide additional moisture where others find nothing else is needed.
I hope these ideas help encourage and inspire some of you to have an aromatherapy experience sooner rather than later. Enjoy!
Melissa Trenholm – Certified Aromatherapist & Reflexologist