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Healing with Aromatherapy

By , December 17, 2010

Aromatherapy oils boast an array of beneficial properties. At the most basic level they fight bacteria and keep skin radiant. In a more complex state however, they have also been shown to have surprising emotional and psychological benefits.

Our sense of smell is managed in the same part of the brain as memories and emotions; hence the overwhelmingly nostalgic feelings that often hit us when we get a whiff of a long-forgotten scent. The best way to approach aromatherapy is to use oils that you like. Put a few drops in an oil burner, in your bath, on a pillow or use for a home massage – whatever feels most comfortable.

The following are some essential oil recipes you can concoct at home to treat various issues. Try to get therapeutic grade oils where possible as these will be of a higher quality and have less chemicals added.

Mix five drops each of chamomile, lavender, petitgrain and clary sage. Put two drops of the mixture on a tissue and slip it inside your pillow before you go to bed.

Anxiety Relief
For a mixture to diffuse through your home with an oil burner, try two drops each of bergamot and clary sage and one of frankincense. This will help relieve anxiety and aid relaxation.

Stress Busting
If stress is getting on top of you, try a few deep slow breaths of the scent of three drops of clary sage and one drop each of lemon and lavender.

Sinus Congestion
Combine two drops each of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and tea tree for a solution to sinus congestion and infection. All you have to do is stir the oils into a basin of hot water, put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl to inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. However it is not suitable for treating asthma.

Depression Fighting
Mix a drop of rose, a drop of orange and three drops of sandalwood for a mood enhancing fragrance. This can be used in an oil burner, a bath, or as part of a massage.

Concentration Enhancement
A simple way to improve concentration is to mix three drops of rosemary and two of lemon and place in an oil burner or diffuser on your desk or place of work.

Bath Time Relaxation
Run yourself a hot bath and add in five drops each of rosemary and lavender, three drops of marjoram and chamomile and a tablespoon of sweet almond or jojoba oil. Lie back and soak up the relaxing properties of these sweet smells.

Youthful Facial
Make your own facial by combining five drops of neroli, two drops each of lavender, geranium and frankincense and two tablespoons of rose hip oil. Apply the mixture every night to smooth fine lines and increase radiance.

Remember to check the labels on each oil you use as some are not suitable for pregnant women or those with certain medical conditions, among others.


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