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Quality Aromatherapy Oils Help Me to Relax

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 29, 2017

Sometimes it can be really challenging for me to relax just because it is so hard for me to distract my mind and make it so that I stop focusing on a range of other things. Just so that I am able to really get the right kinds of items that can help me with relaxation, I have spent time online looking at different kinds of products that are available there for this.

Most recently, I have managed to find some great essential oils that are the perfect items to use in aromatherapy to make it so that I am able to relax a whole lot better. I really enjoy being able to spend just a bit of time working with these different aromatherapy oils each day and using them to make it so that I am able to stay calm and comfortable at all times.

With just the right kinds of items that I can use all around my home, I know that I will be able to keep myself much more relaxed. I love to diffuse these different kinds of oils to make it so that I can stay comfortable all the time. I really love the way these oils help me to get a lot more relaxed.


Aromatherapy Massage for Pain

Author: Dr. Larita
April 27, 2017

I have talked about massage techniques for use at home with your own massage and essential oils. I’ve even had the need to use the aromassage techniques on myself occasionally. Last night my husband began having pains in his back around his right shoulder blade. He had been trimming the hedges that go all the way around our back yard. Around bed time, he was in pain and could hardly take a deep breath.

I poured about one teaspoon of jojoba oil into the palm of my hand and added eight drops of rosemary essential oil (the bottle must already be open and ready to use.)  I used effleurage massage on his back. That is a big word that simply means you use firm or gentle soothing strokes to enable the essential oils to penetrate the body and bring about relaxation and calm to sore and aching muscles. When I stopped after only about ten minutes, he said it felt 100%  better.


Tea Tree Oil in the Garden

Author: Dr. Larita
April 24, 2017

There are a number of essential oils that combat bacteria and viruses but not many oils are also effective anti-fungals. Tea tree oil helps to control fungal infections by reducing the rate at which the fungus reproduces. It is often used as an alternative medical remedy to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

With plants being living organisms, it makes sense that tea tree oil can treat their fungal infections too. By just diluting 4 or 5 drops in a spray bottle of water you can treat plant fungus and mold. This treatment will also rid the plant of a variety of insects which makes tea tree oil an excellent ally for your garden.


Floral Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2017

Flowers remind us of the beauty in nature that is all around us. Did you ever notice the way a bouquet brightens up a room, and how its beauty and makes you feel happy to be there? Flowers can also remind us of the love and support in our lives. That’s probably why they’ve always been a popular gift between friends, families and lovers Giving someone flowers can mean anything from “I support you,” to “I love you so much!”

This is the same effect that floral essential oils can have in aromatherapy blends. To add a warm emotional aspect to your essential oil blends, add a floral essential oil. They can inspire security, balance, and happiness. Just like a bouquet of blossoms, they can be so heartwarming!

Maybe that’s why their aromas are often referred to as heart notes (another term for “middle notes”). Heart notes offer fullness and harmony to blends, softening any hard edges of the aroma that might be too sharp, too high, or too deep.

Here’s a diffuser blend that I’ve found is supportive and uplifting after a long day:

Floral Heaven

Try this diffuser blend when it’s time for a little self love. Floral essential oils remind us to treat ourselves well, that we are special and that we deserve special care!

They show up in many skin care recipes, which can make us feel very pampered. Rose is popular for facial products, and lavender is probably the most famous skin loving oil of all.

Even the way some flowers are harvested and prepared shows special care in action. Take jasmine, for example. Jasmine flowers are hand-picked at night, when they’re at their most fragrant. Rose is another example—it takes about 60,000 roses to make a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle of rose essential oil!

This spring, as new flowers pop out of the ground and trees bud, try surrounding yourself with the beauty of flowers and floral oils. They can be so comforting after winter, and support you as you take on fresh growth of your own.

 

Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead.


 

The main use for essential oils in the bathroom is to clear bacteria and viruses. Use a synergistic blend of 5 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops cinnamon, 10 drops lemon, and 10 drops citronella essential oils combined with 2 1/2 cups water in a spray bottle to wipe all bathroom surfaces. This combination will kill germs and give the entire bathroom a wonderful fragrance.

Another great way to scent the bathroom is with an essential oil diffuser. It is not safe to use an electric diffuser in the bathroom so be sure to use a candle heated one. The flicker of a candle in a warm bathroom makes that relaxing bath even better. You can use the same blend above for the diffuser (without water) or try this one: 5 drops oregano, 10 drops sage, 10 drops thyme, and 20 drops lemon. To keep the bathroom smelling fresh, put two to four drops of this blend on the cardboard ring inside your toilet paper roll. The oil blend is soaked into the cardboard and releases the aroma to keep the area fragrant.


Aristotle, the Greek philosopher noticed that turtles who ate snakes ate oregano right afterwords. The oregano appeared to keep them from being poisoned or getting sick, so he started recommending it as an antidote for poisoning from snake bites. There are many practical uses for oregano today and here are just a few for you to try.

  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and rub it on the chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion. You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation for the same ailments.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage the affected area for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in your night time bath water for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, or nervous tension.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected area daily for cellulite. The same mixture can be used as needed for fungal infections.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and massage on the temples and neck to get rid of headaches and migraines. You can also put this mixture on a hot or cold compress.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and rub it on the chest and abdomen for indigestion.

To promote menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the lower abdomen and lower back. A hot compress using this mix also works for these symptom, as well as using 8-10 drops in the bath water.

To increase lymphatic circulation, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage all over the body. For sprains and swelling, use 2-3 drops on a cold compress. To boost the immune system after an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Oregano mixes well (in case you want to make a synergistic blend) with cedar, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.


Marjoram Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 5, 2017

aromatherapy bathThe therapeutic properties of marjoram essential oil have been used for centuries. The Greeks used marjoram to relieve excess tissue fluid, as an antidote to poison and also to calm muscle spasms. Europeans used to sprinkle marjoram all over the floors to hide unpleasant smells. Today, we use marjoram  to add a unique flavor to foods. Aromatherapists use marjoram as an alternative treatment for anxiety and high blood pressure. It is a worthy and pleasing essential oil to have around.

Aromatherapy Applications for Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops to bath water before bed to treat anxiety, grief, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.
  • Use 2-3 drops per 1 ounce of jojoba carrier oil to massage areas of the body affected with arthritis, lumbago, muscular aches and stiffness, rheumatism and sprains.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and massage on chest and throat to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and coughs.  You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and dab on bruises or chilblains. You can use it neat if you carefully put it only on the affected area.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil like liquid shea oil to massage your back for digestive problems like constipation, indigestion and flatulence.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil for a full body massage or 8-10 drops in a bath to treat high blood pressure.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto temples and neck for headaches and migraines. You can also use it on a hot or cold compress.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto the lower abdomen and lower back to treat menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. You can also use 2-3 drops on a hot compress or use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • Use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and inhale occasionally for seasickness.

If you are pregnant, do not use marjoram for aromatherapy. It is also not suitable for use with children. If there is a diagnosis of depression, avoid using marjoram because it has a strong sedative property and overuse of the oil can cause drowsiness. I don’t know why anyone else would want to, but some religious institutions have used marjoram to suppress sexual desires and impulses because of its anti-aphrodisiac property.


Your child’s constipation can be caused by anything from a change in food habits to stress, and even by the way he or she is toilet trained. The child’s feces may be dry and in the shape of little balls. You can relieve this problem with a combination of essential oil massage and plenty of fruit juice and water. You can also dilute any of the following essential oils alone or in combinations of two oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO TREAT CONSTIPATION

BABY’S CONSTIPATION MASSAGE OIL FORMULA

Here is a synergistic blend of essential oils to treat your child’s constipation. Dilute in 2 tablespoons of  sweet almond oil 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of patchouli and 15 drops of mandarin. Give the child a large glass of natural fruit juice and water at bedtime and then gently massage his whole abdomen in the same direction the intestines go, clockwise.


Aromatherapy Stress Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
March 30, 2017

Stress, whether good or bad, is recognized as a part of everyone’s daily life. It is not easy to avoid, but there are ways to manage it so that you lessen or avoid some of the effects it can have on your mental and physical well-being. Aromatherapy essential oils are a natural treatment for easing stress and below is a recipe for relaxation after you’ve had one of those less than delightful days at home or work.

For a relaxing bath add two drops of bergamot and one drop of petitgrain to your bath and stir to distribute. You can relax with this brew every day. Having a massage is also an excellent way to relax after a trying day. For a soothing massage combine the following:

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 4 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 ounces carrier oil

 


It is better to prevent an illness than to cure it so try this blend of immune-boosting oils to avoid catching any germs in the first place. Add the following oils to an oil burner to gently scent the room. Use your oil burner (also called a diffuser) on a daily basis, especially during the cold season.

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

Note: As with all use of essential oils, there are some safety precautions to follow. Aromatherapy essential oils are extremely strong and should never be applied neat to the skin or taken internally unless advised by a fully qualified professional. If you have sensitive skin it’s a good idea to perform a patch test with your chosen oils, making sure they’re properly diluted in a carrier oil. If there’s no reaction after 24 hours then you can safely use the oils.

If you are pregnant or have underlying health issues it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist to find out which oils are suitable or even speak to a health professional for advice. Extra precautions should be used when treating the elderly or the very young. Once again, it’s best to get advice on the most suitable oils to choose.


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