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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.
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