Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aromatherapy 101

Our sense of smell holds a lot of power.  It can entice us, seduce us, arouse our hunger and evoke memories from our past.  But it can also help to heal, calm and de-stress us.  Here are some practical ways to use aromatherapy in your life.

Calming Spray:  Add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Tangerine or Lemon Balm Essential Oil to a 4 oz. spray bottle.  Shake and mist around the house, car or office and to effect a calming mood.

Car Sickness:  If your child often experiences car sicknesses, try adding a few drops of Ginger Essential oil or Peppermint Essential oil to a tissue and have your child inhale the scent frequently throughout the trip.

Colds: Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to a vaporizer to reduce stuffiness.

Cuts and Scrapes: Mix 50 drops of Lavender Essential Oil with 50 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.  This can be stored in a small bottle for up to two years.  To sooth a cut or scrape, add 10 drops of the mixture to a 1/2 cup of water and use it to wash off the scrape.  Then add 1 drop to the bandage.

Diaper Rash Cream:  Add 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil and 1 drop of Tea Tree Essential oil to to teaspoons of Almond Oil.

Earache: Add 3 drops of Thyme Linolol and 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a warm washcloth and hold over the child's ear.

Headache Relief: Add a few drop of peppermint essential oils to a carrier oil such as Jojoba and rub into temples.

Holiday Spray:  To get in the mood for the holidays, try making this lovely concoction that will have you dreaming of sugar plums in no time.  Take a 4-ounce bottle and fill with distilled water.  Add 4 drops of pine essential oil, 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 1 drop of mandarin essential oil to the spray bottle.  Shake vigorously and spray.

Sponge Cleaner:  Sponges are teeming with germs.  Get into the habit of microwaving yours for 1 minute every few days.  When it's cooled, add 2 - 3 drops of orange or lemon essential oil.  The oil not only smells great, but its antibacterial properties will keep your sponge (relatively) germ free

Trash Can Fix: To keep your garbage can smelling as nice as possible, mix 2 cups of baking soda and a teaspoon of Lavender Essential Oil.  Store in a shaker container and sprinkle on the bottom of your trash can every time you change the trash bag.


1) Buy only pure essential oils
2) Store in their original bottles
3) Never apply directly to skin.  Essential Oils must be blended with a carrier oil first.
4) Essential Oils are for external use only.

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