Attended an Aromatherapy class yesterday, mostly about essential oils, presented by a nurse. I use oils for cleaning and skin care already. It sounds like no more eating or drinking the oils, which thanks to my tummy troubles I haven’t done before. But she did have some very nice ideas for other uses. (*this was led by a nurse – seek medical advice before use, essential oils have triggered seizures and put cats in comas*)
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for improving psychological or physical well-being. It can be offered as a complementary therapy – used alongside standard treatment.
Aromatherapists, who specialize in the practice of aromatherapy, utilize blends of therapeutic essential oils that can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate the desired response. (there is little reliable medical evidence that aromatherapy can either prevent or cure any disease, but it can help improve general well-being)
There are a vast number of essential oils available, each with its individual healing properties. The oils and combination of oils can be mixed with a carrier oil (not coconut, it is drying) at 2% for the average person – so a 2 oz bottle would have 15-20 drops total of oil. You can adjust the droplets according to the notes of the oil and your likes. For example, Lavender is a high note, while Cedarwood and Frankincense are low, the drop count for a 2 oz Jojoba bottle might be nine lavender, three cedarwood, and three frankincense.
Or you can put a pot of water to boil on the stove! About 1 cup of water to 2 drops of oil. Let it come to a rolling boil and turn off. Just let it steam from there. With my kitchen being in the middle of the house, I want to try this. There are a few recipes here for either oil or water use…
Anxiety: Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense
Depression: Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Clary Sage
Immunity: Tea Tree, Ravintsara, Lemon, Eucalyptus
Meditation: Frankincense, Opopanax, Myrrh
Similar to the stove idea is a bath use…1/4 cup Himalayan pink sea salt, 1/4 cup Epsom salt,1/4 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, favorite essential oils, such as ten drops of peppermint or lavender.
Boil a quart of water. Dissolve the salts and baking soda in it. Set aside. Fill the tub with warm water and add the vinegar. Pour salt mixture into the tub and add in essential oils. Soak and feel better!
There is a ton of information online and in books filled with ideas. Do your research. How do you use the oils? What is your favorite scent? Leave a comment! Share! Self-care for the win!
“Aromatherapy.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 4 Mar. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aromatherapy.
Huenink-Schellinger, Polly. “Aromatherapy.” 6 Mar. 2018, Public Library, Public Library.
Janssen, Mary Beth. The Book of Self-Care: Remedies for Healing Mind, Body, and Soul. Sterling Ethos, 2017.
Three Spring Trends to Try. Team LSF, lovesweatfitness.com/three-trends-to-try-this-spring/.