Light some incense, oud, an oil diffuser or an aromatherapy candle to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. Try adding essentials oils to your bath water or shampoo. Spray your bed sheets and keep a tissue infused with calming aromatherapy oils in your pillow. Or try a massage with essential oils.
Athar, natural oil perfumes are also beneficial to the body. Popular in Asia and the Middle East they are usually made from natural essential oils and without irritating alcohol.
Essential Oil Uses
Studying for exams? Rosemary and mint aromas enhance memory and concentration. While scents of lavender, jasmine, chamomile, marjoram and geranium are calming and help relieve insomnia to beat fatigue and stress. Eucalyptus oil clears respiratory passages in individuals suffering from asthma, colds or allergies. It is also a strong antiseptic that will banish bed bugs when added to laundry water and remove infectious particles in the air when used in an oil diffuser or candle.
These are only some of the ways essential oils can heal the mind, body and spirit. Try making your own concoctions at home for more deep body benefits:
Relax and reduce stress with six parts lavender oil, two parts marjoram and one part mandarin oil.
Calm nerves and anxiety with three parts lavender and one part sage oil.
Cleanse your lymph system with 3 parts cypress oil, two parts grapefruit oil, one part juniper and one part lavender oil. This aromatherapy combination helps release toxins and excess fluid from the body.
Avoid inhaling essential oils directly as this can irritate the mucous linings of the nasal passages and throat.
Use essential oils sparingly; a little goes a long way.
Essential oils can be expensive because often a large amount of plant material is needed to squeeze out only a few ounces of oil. For example; roses yield a mere one pound of fragrant essential oil from every two thousand pounds of rose petals! However, remember that only a few drops are used at a time.
Essential oils are usually sold combined with carrier oils such as almond, soyabean or wheatgerm oils. This acts as a base and keeps the essential oils stable and longer lasting.
Store essential oils in a cool, dry place and keep tightly closed.
If you have allergies, perform a skin patch test by putting a tiny drop on the inside of your wrist. This will determine any possible adverse reaction.
Consult your physician before trying aromatherapy if you have an existing medical condition.
Essential oils should be used in very small amounts for the elderly and for children.
Helps to cleanse the body of toxins and wastes.
Decreases stress and anxiety.
Calms and relaxes the body and mind.
Clears respiratory passages for easier breathing
Increases energy levels and mental clarity
Decreases high blood pressure and soothes headaches and pains.