Article by Rose Cox
Rose Cox has been practicing Aromatherapy since 1992 both in London and Sydney. She is the author of ‘Aromatherapy for Beautiful Hair’. Rose received her Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy in London and is a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Relaxing blend during busy times
To help take the stress out add:
• 3 drops of Lavender essential oil
• 2 drops of Chamomile essential oil and
• 2 drops of Marjoram essential oil
to a diffuser and breath in this beautiful relaxing blend.
Draw out nasty toxins from a big night out
A great blend to help your body recover from a big night out is:
• Fennel essential oil
• Lemongrass essential oil and
• Geranium essential oil
You can either add 2 drops of each to a diffuser or add 2 drops of each to 1 tablespoon of good quality carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil. Massage this all over then sink into a lovely warm relaxing bath and let the essential oils draw out all those nasty toxins.
Prolong the tan & re hydrate the skin
This is a great time of year for holidaying and relaxing on the beach or by the pool. The following recipe is very helpful in prolonging your tan and re hydrating dry, sun kissed skin:
• 3 drops Chamomile
• 2 drops Geranium
• 5 drops Lavender
• 1 tablespoon almond or jojoba oil
Pour the carrier oils into a small bowl then add the essential oils. Mix well then massage into your skin at the end of a long, hard day relaxing by the beach or pool!
Mosquitos, Sand flies and Midges Bites
If you are travelling to an area where you may be affected by mosquitoes, sand flies, or midges make the blend below to take with you:
• 5 drops Citronella
• 10 drops Lavender
• 10 drops Peppermint
• 10 drops Thyme
Add the essential oils to a dark glass jar and mix well. Add 1 tablespoon of good quality carrier oil into a bowls then add 5 drops of the essential oil and mix well. Massage this into exposed areas of your skin.
If you have already been attacked and have itchy bites, try dabbing neat lavender essential oil onto your bites. This will take the itchiness out as well as helping to clear it up quickly.
If you’re stuck for gift ideas, why not buy them a beautiful diffuser along with your special blend of essential oils.
Here are few suggestions for blends:
Add to a 5ml jar 30 drops of Sandalwood essential oil, 40 drops of Mandarin essential oil and 30 drops of Palmarosa essential oil.
Add to a 5ml jar 30 drops of Grapefruit essential oil, 50 drops of Lemon essential oil and 20 drops of Spearmint essential oil.
Add to a 5ml jar 30 drops of Basil essential oil, 40 drops of Lime essential oil and 30 drops of Rosemary essential oil.
Another great gift idea is a Mist Spray. Buy a nice spray bottle and fill with distilled water (available from any chemist). Add a blend of essential oils of your choice. As a guide to quantities, for 80ml of water add a total of 80 drops of essential oils.
Here are a few suggestions for Mist Spray:
Add 80ml of distilled water to a spray bottle and add the following quantities of essential oils:
20 drops of Chamomile essential oil, 20 drops of Orange essential oil, 20 drops of Melissa essential oil and 20 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil.
20 drops of Geranium essential oil, 20 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, 20 drops of Bergamot essential oil and 20 drops of Rosewood essential oil.
20 drops of Cypress essential oil, 20 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, 20 drops of Pine essential oil and 20 drops of Sandalwood essential oil.
As Hypocrites, Father of medicine, said “the way to good health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”.
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