Greetings from the world of scent-sation: Aroma-therapy! Think of the smells that stimulate relaxation, comfort, alertness, and memory for you. Some may recall bead baking, fresh cut grass, or the earthy scents of the garden. What about chamomile or peppermint tea, cinnamon on toast, the peel of citrus, just after a good rain, or the summer cottage you visit each year. We get the choice to fill our world with that which is life-giving, supportive, restorative and invigorating and essential oils used for therapeutic purposes can be a very enjoyable, fun and helpful addition to our tool box.
For those who’ve used aromatherapy, you know that you can gain benefits of essential oils by diffusing them into the air. There are also many other ways to use oils such as Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage and Peppermint for medicinal care treating stress, colds, sleeplessness, acne and psoriasis. Some of you have stretched out to using Lemon, Orange, and Oregano for cleaning your homes. Some of you use more earthy scents like Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Naroili, and Patchouli for body fragrances mixed in lotions or base oils.
Here is a little breakdown of some of the uses for a few essential oils:
Lime – Can be used to stimulate mental clarity and lift the affects of depression. It is antiseptic and astringent making it useful for cleaning counter tops and toilette seats as well as the face.
Tea Tree – One of my top 5 choices. I use this oil in my shampoo and conditioner in the middle of winter instead of products like Head-and-Shoulders. It soothes dry scalp. I have also used it on pimples with great success.
Petigrain – Treats anxiety, depression and stress-related issues including insomnia – in short, it can support you in chilling out. Not one of my favorite scents, but does seem to have the ability to soften the edges and yet stimulate a restful alertness.
Frankincense – Ancient oil used for heightening awareness of spiritual realms/higher consciousness, can reduce stress & dispel tension as well as mental fatigue. Can improve circulation and help clear up skin disorders. Powerful oil to use when doing spiritual ritual of most any kind or simply infusing the room while meditating.
Peppermint – My favorite for headache relief when rubbed on feet (again with a carrier oil lotion) or simply sniffed. Do not put this oil in your bath or if you must only a drop or two – it will burn your skin. You can add drops to a bottle of liquid body soap which is very refreshing in the summertime or after sweating a bunch. Peppermint is also my favorite for nausea – peppermint tea is my medium of choice which is not including distilled essential oil, but rather the natural oil in the leaf. You can also rub the feet or sniff the oil (cotton ball or kleenex work well for sniffing) for this ailment. Peppermint, better than any other will get the gizzard going – will help with fatigue and even apathy.
Ylang Ylang – A very earthy, relaxing and cleansing essential oil, this one I love to add to my bath and even wear all over my body when I’m experiencing natural times of higher stress. Ylang Ylang is sedative, anti-depressant, dispels nervousness, depression, stress, nausea, headache, irritability, anxiety, PMS and physical exhaustion. I love to use this in my bath every night the week before my period and in my lotion all the way through my period as well. It is also an aphrodisiac.
Juniper Berry – I use this essential oil when I need a good energetic and physical cleaning of my house and my body. It is useful for easing arthritic conditions, mental exhaustion and hay fever. It is said to ward off negativity and for me it definitely seems to be very good at dispelling heavier vibes when used in the bath as well as when I wipe down table tops, counter tops, floors, sinks, etc…
Clove – When my daughter was a baby I used a few drops of clove essential oil mixed with olive oil on her gums when teething was at it’s worst. So helpful. Also, when I was younger and a crazy “wisdom” tooth was causing trouble it served to soothe my pain. In an aromatherapy dispenser, clove works in so many ways to keep the air healthy. It is anti-biotic, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and in general can help with colds, flu, sinusitis and bronchitis. Clove is said to protect memory, relieve muscle pain and diarrhea and is an aphrodisiac. (will for sure cause major skin irritation and actually NOT recommended for children under 12 – I know…I still used it on my baby and it DID help.)
Have fun incorporating the use of essential oils in Aromatherapeutic ways into your life and Cheers to a healthy, vibrant, balanced you! Rodasi
(please note, there are no instructions given for how to safely use these oils below. please do some digging in books and online to find how they should be used. note that using essential oils directly on the skin is never advised and neither is taking them internally without very clear instruction from very trust worthy sources. nothing in this post is meant to be any kind of medical advice. please consult your team of healthcare providers before proceeding with the use of essential oils.)