Essential oils are versatile and uplifting. The art of aromatherapy dates back thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians, Chinese priests, and alchemists all used essential oils to heal the sick. From what I've read, aromatherapy is one of the oldest forms of medicine. Once the oil is applied (bound with another carrier oil such as almond, or olive oil, etc.) it penetrates into the skin whereby the chemical constituents take effect. This form of medicine, although very controversial, is claimed to have many benefits that can improve both your health your mood.
Keep in mind that each oil/fragrance contains unique medicinal and mood enhancing properties. For example, when I was pregnant with my daughter, Sarah, I liked to use lavender and peppermint essential oil to combat nausea; it helped me significantly. These days, I reach for a different oil depending on what I need or how I feel. Recently, I have expanded my oil repertoire to include things like cleaning agents. Aura Cacia listed some fantastic ideas for essential oil use in their advertisement (Living magazine December 2011). Additionally, I have added some uses that we use at home.
Here is Cleopatra's Romance and Passion Bath oil that will make you feel like a Queen. This recipe is shared via the Art of Feeling Feminine blog.
Queen Cleopatra's Romance and Passion Bath Oil
4 drops of ylang ylang oil
4 drops of frankincense oil
4 drops of jasmine oil
4 drops of sandalwood oil
4 drops of rose otto oil
~Place 7-10 drops on hotel room floor for fresh air. Just like home (almost).
~Place 2-5 drops on shower floor for an invigorating shower experience.
~Place 2-5 drops in bowl of steaming water, place towel over head and breathe deeply. Ahhh...
~Add 3-5 drops to warm water and soak sore, tired feet. Happy toes!
~Place a few drops on a cloth to remove stubborn stickers. Easy peasy peelin'.
~Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cu of Dead Sea salts for a spa-quality bath. Enjoy.
~Blend 1-3 drops with 1 tsp. sweet almond oil and rub chest. Relax and inhale...
~Combine 24 drops with 4 oz. water, and spritz air space to clear your head and refocus.
~Use in a candle lamp diffuser to generate positive, energizing space. Now, smile and be nice.
~Add 2 drops to 1 cup water, pour on the hot rocks in sauna. Breathe deeply.
~Use in a diffuser near bedside for clear breathing. Now, get some rest.
~Add 12 drops per 1 oz. skin care oil and massage aching muscles. Good as new.
* In addition to the previous recommendations, I like to do the following:
~Add 4-5 drops to a sachet that is losing its smell. Now it smells like new.
~ Place a few drops into your homemade skin salves or lotions. I like to add either eucalyptus or tea tree to my "boo boo salves" for additional antibacterial properties and for fragrance.
~Add generously to the kitchen sink or toilet bowl to eliminate odors.
~Does your potpourri need freshening? Add some essential oil.
~If you make your own cleaning agents, as I often do, why not add a few drops of oil for some aromatherapy while you clean?
~To a clean, folded paper towel or sachet, add 4-5 drops. Leave in your car for a natural air freshener. This is a natural, easy way to enjoy the aroma while you drive. Maybe those crazy drivers won't get to you...this time?
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