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Unearth The Secrets of Aromatherapy
Popular blends to make at home.
Written by: Ernesta Stripeikaite
Health & Wellbeing writer
Blend you own concoction whether to clear your mind, invigorate your bath time or create a stimulating massage.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Aromatherapy takes a holistic approach to healing by considering the whole person and treating both the physical and emotional symptoms. The use of essential oils is one of the fastest growing forms of natural therapy. It is known as an excellent holistic approach to health.
How do the oils work on the body and mind?
Once the oil is applied, whether on the skin or through inhalation, its active constituents quickly enter the bloodstream where they get metabolized by our enzymes. They can exert their action by signalling to the receptor sites on cell membranes or by acting on the olfactory nerves in the nose membranes, from where signals are sent to the brain. Do you know the feeling when a certain smell brings back memories? This is because the aromatic molecules stimulate the olfactory nerves and send signals to the brain, which can evoke memories and feelings.
Each oil has its own different qualities and effects, depending on the active constituents. Some oils like lavender or chamomile have a calming and soothing effect, whereas rosemary and cypress, for example, are more stimulating and energizing.
How to Use Aromatherapy Oils
By blending a base oil and various essential oils, a different mood can be created and different therapeutic benefits experienced. For example, a basic massage can be easily transformed into a ‘relaxing’, ‘toning’, ‘stimulating’, ‘uplifting’ or ‘cleansing’ one. Additionally, essential oils can even be used to enhance your daily skincare routine, by adding a few drops to your moisturiser. Put up to 5 drops of an essential oil (or a blend) to 10ml of base oil; for face massage – use no more than 2 drops to 10ml of base.
Only 3-5 drops are needed to put directly to a bath, or for a more luxurious experience blend 8-10 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil and add to the bath. The oil gets absorbed through the skin and the respiratory system while bathing.
Vaporisation of essential oils is very popular for making your house smell lovely and enhancing the ambience at home. Evaporative properties make the essential oils perfect for oil burners and diffusers. Add up to 10 drops of an oil (or an oil blend) and some water to your oil burner/diffuser and enjoy the lovely aromas and therapeutic effects of the essential oils.
Some essential oils can be used for inhalation therapy. Add 3-5 drops of a chosen oil to hot water and inhale for 10 min, cover your head with a towel for a more intense experience. If in a hurry, you can simply add 1-2 drops of an oil on a tissue and inhale on the go. Many oils are suitable for inhalation, but the most popular ones are eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, and tea tree.
Our Favourite Oils Blends
Christmas Special Festive Blend
You will find all the oils you need in our Aroma Secrets Kit
• Cedarwood 4 drops
• Orange 5 drops
• Frankincense 4 drops
Try this blend in one of the suggested ways above.
We love it in a diffuser, but it is also great in a bath or as a massage blend with 30ml of a carrier oil
Toning Body Massage Blend
• Black pepper 4 drops
• Lemon 5 drops
• Cypress 6 drops
Add to 30ml of base oil
Stimulating Body Massage Blend
• Black pepper 4 drops
• Rosemary 3 drops
• Ginger 2 drops
• Eucalyptus 6 drops
Add to 30ml of base oil
Rehydrating Day Moisturiser Blend
• Patchouli 2 drops
• Rose 1 drop
• Sandalwood 1 drop
Use this blend in your moisturiser
Pore Refining Steam Blend
• Chamomile roman 1 drop
• Geranium 1 drop
• Grapefruit 1 drop
Add to hot water, cover your head with a towel and steam for 10 min
Mental Re-energizer Bath
• Basil essential oil 4 drops
• Lemon essential oil 4 drops
• Rosemary essential oil 2 drops
Mix with a teaspoon of carrier oil and add to the bath
Put 1-2 drops of either Basil or Rosemary essential oil on a tissue and sniff when you need clarity. These oils clear the head and aid concentration.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks