Essential Oils For Insect and Bug Bites

August 8, 2017

When you get a bug bite, it can cause stinging and burning, itching, and redness around the area where you were bit. If you use essential oils on the bite, it can help relieve many of these symptoms and speed up the healing process. Try out some of these oils for your insect or bug bites.

Lavender

You already know that lavender essential oil is ideal for insect and bug bites, but did you know it can be really effective with bug and insect bites as well? If you have a spot on your body that is extremely itchy and starts to burn after scratching it, it is very likely a bug bite of some kind. Keep in mind not all insect bites will make themselves known right away. When you have an itch, try mixing lavender oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, then apply it to the bite. Do this for all bites and itchy spots, and you should find some relief within a few days.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an essential oil that many [people are surprised by. It has benefits for your physical and mental state, helping with things like anxiety and skin conditions. It also happens to be an excellent choice when you have burns, cuts and scrapes, or various types of bug bites. It will soothe the bite so that the itching and burning isn’t quite as severe, which is really all you can ask for when you have a bug bite that is bothering you. You might also be able to apply it to your skin with a carrier oil before going outside to repel certain insects.

Tea Tree

One of the best essential oils for your skin is tea tree oil. Many people use this oil for extra moisture and to help get rid of scars. It also happens to work very well when you have a bug or insect bite. Tea tree oil is good for boosting your immune system, which can help reduce the overall effect of being bitten by certain types of bugs. In fact, it is often given to people with bites from countries like Guatemala, China, Florida, and Australia. You want to make sure you use a carrier oil or dilute it with water, but it is good to bring with you on hiking or camping trips just in case you get a bite.

Basil and Thyme

Herbal essential oils like basil and thyme are both great for insect and bug bites. Basil essential oil is an anti-inflammatory oil, so it can help reduce the irritation and swelling around your bug bites. This further helps to help soothe the bite. You might also want to try using thyme essential oil, which reduces infection of your bug bite if the skin opens.

Aromatherapy Massage Oils

August 12, 2016

If you’ve never used aromatherapy massage oils, you owe it to yourself to try it. You’re in for a totally unique experience. Whether you want a massage to relax or to rejuvenate or even to heal, using aromatherapy massage oils brings the body’s senses to new heights.

Aromatherapy has made steady gains in use and for good reason. Offering the perfect combination of mental and physical well being, there is no better way to take advantage of aromatherapy than to enjoy its fragrances in massage oils.

Our body’s different senses have been shown to have a direct affect on how we feel. For example, the nose is a very sensitive part of your body. Without it, you cannot taste or smell. Imagine your favorite foods. Now, imagine you cannot taste them. That is scary, everything you eat with no taste! How do you think that would affect your attitude throughout the day?

Studies have shown that the part of your nervous system that helps to control your emotions is connected directly to your nose. Lack of smell can cause symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety and this is only one of your senses. With the knowledge of how the mind depends on the feedback from your senses, the idea of aromatherapy exploded onto the scene.

One of the more popular types of aromatherapy is massage oil, because of the variety of uses to target specific issues. Aromatherapy massage oil treatments are unlike any other oils. Whether you are in need of relaxation or need something to perk you up, there is an aroma to fit the immediate needs. Aromatherapy massage combines two excellent methods to evoke your body’s response in whatever area you feel is needed.

There are so many different types and manufacturers of aromatherapy massage oils available, it would be a good idea to do your homework before using. For the best treatment ideas, it is always best to find and pay a certified therapist to ensure you understand how to get the most impact from aromatherapy massage. Especially, when using for the first time.

To explain a couple of different oils and fragrances we will start with Lavender essential oils. Lavender essential oils are one of the few oils that you can apply directly to your skin. It is said to have burn relief power. It is important to note that these oils should not hurt you, however, if this is your first time using essential oils never use them directly on your skin unless under safe direction. Other oils are required to be diluted before use with other base oils.

Another oil gaining in popularity is the Yland Ylang essential oil. Yland Ylang essential oils have very unique properties as well. It is said that these tropical plants have the power to both arouse and sooth the senses. It also goes by another name Cananga Odorata.

Adding aromatherapy massage oils to your therapy program is one experience everyone should try at least once. (Be careful they have been known to be addictive). With the combination of massage and a scented room to awaken your senses, you have the ultimate in relaxation and healing.

A Beginner’s Guide To Using Aromatherapy With Children

May 6, 2016

Trust your instinct - a beginner’s guide to using aromatherapy with children:

Essential oils are pure aromatic plant essences – they are distilled from flowers, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, seeds, and wood. The are used for their healing properties the world over – in , for example, they are only available through licensed, qualified parishioners. In the United States, we have free access to essential oils – but with this comes with some important cautions: Only some of the essential oils available are suitable for children; others are not suitable for children and some are even dangerous to children (children with epilepsy should not come in contact with stimulating essential oils).

When used correctly however, essential oils can be of great benefit, and will not conflict with your child’s medically prescribed drugs. Always research the oil of choice thoroughly before using with your infant or child – ask advice from a qualified practitioner, or see the references at the end of this article.

That said, essential oils can be a wonderful way of supporting your child’s health, happiness and well-being. Essential oils can be very therapeutic and nurturing to both your child and you, the caregiver. Essential oils are used externally (on the outside of the body) in your child’s bath, body lotions, oils, creams, gels, compresses, foot baths, or in a oil warmer. The effects of aromatherapy will generally fall into one of three main categories: 1) Assisting in healing from minor illnesses and accidents, 2) Supporting your child’s overall sense of well-being, and 3) Assisting your child in getting quality rest.

When using essential oils with your child, it is imperative that you find a reputable supplier of therapeutic-grade essential oils, using organic or wildcrafted varieties when possible. Synthetic copies of oils commonly used in perfumery are not appropriate, and may even be harmful to your child’s health. To maintain efficacy, essential oils should be kept in dark amber or cobalt glass containers, in a dark and cool location, away from the child’s access. Wooden storage boxes from craft or ‘Pier One’ type stores can make a nice container for the bottles.

Methods of Using Essential Oils

There are two methods of using essential oils with your child – INHALATION: through a diffuser, nebulizer, or adding to a humidifier reservoir, and TOPICAL APPLICATION: diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying topically. Adding essential oils to a bath combines the two methods, though we will cover it under topical application.

For topical application, essential oils are diluted in varying strengths depending on the use and age of your child. The concentration can vary from one drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil, to a couple of drops per teaspoon of carrier added to a drawn bath, to an equal ratio of carrier and essential oil applied directly to your child’s feet (as in the case of gentle Lavender). In other words, there is a huge variation in dilution levels depending on the circumstances. Mamas, do your research and then trust your instinct. Only you and your child baby know exactly what is right for your situation.

General dilution rate guidelines of essential oils in one ounce of carrier oil:

Age of Child and amount of Essential Oil per One Ounce Carrier Oil for Topical/Massage Application:

Newborn (Consult primary care physician before use)

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce

2-6 months

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce

6-12 months

1-4 drops essential oil / ounce

1-4 years (unless very small)

5-8 drops essential oil / ounce

6-7 years

5-10 drops essential oil / ounce

9-12 years

5-12 drops essential oil / ounce

12 years to young adult

10-15 drops essential oil / ounce

DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted ) on children’s skin, unless indicated to do so for a specific condition. If your child has very sensitive skin, it is important to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend. Keep essential oils away form the eyes. When using citrus oils - orange, bergamot, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, and lime - do not use where the skin will be exposed to sunlight for the next 12 hours. These oils are considered ‘phototoxic’, and can react from the sun’s rays. They may be used in a bath, however, where they will be washed off the skin when the bath is done.

Essential oils are not to be taken orally (by mouth). When your child is taking medications, reduce the amount of essential oil by half the amount recommended for their age group.

Carrier oils for children

Sweet Almond oil is generally regarded as the safest and best overall carrier oil for use with babies and children. Apricot kernel oil is also considered extremely safe with children over 6. Jojoba oil can be added at about 10% concentration for any blend – it has a soothing effect on the skin and is good for hair.

Topical Application - Nurturing Touch Massage Recipes

There is nothing better for any child than the loving, nurturing touch of a parent. A gentle hug, a smile, a kiss on the cheek all reassure the child and help the parent and child to bond. These everyday forms of connection are instinctual and children thrive from it.

Research shows that massage can help children’s growth both physically and emotionally. In hospitals, studies done with premature baby’s show that touch is an essential aspect of the children’s ability to thrive.

Using aromatherapeutic nurturing touch massage can be therapeutic to both the child and the parent. Using a light, conscientious tough you can massage your child’s feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen, and even legs. The massage should always be done with loving intention and the work is done in the direction that the blood flows-from ankles to leg; from wrist to shoulder, etc.

Here are a few suggested blends for this wonderful method – each is in one (1) ounce of Sweet Almond oil:

Restful Sleep – 4 drops lavender, 2 drops Roman Chamomile

Happy Child – 3 drops Rose, 1 drop Neroli

Calm and Relaxed – 3 drops Petitgrain, 3 drops Neroli

Emotional Nurturing – 1 drop Rose, 1 drop Vanilla, 2 drops Lavender

For a Baby oil blend, to be used as a moisturizer OR massage oil (note: the frequent washing of a baby’s skin actually makes it difficult for them to retain vitamin C; application of a quality skin oil will help them keep adequate supplies of this important nutrient).

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil or hazelnut oil

1 drop of pure Lavender essential oil

1 drop of Vanilla essential oil

OR

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil

2 drops of pure Lavender essential oil

1 drop of pure Chamomile (German) essential oil

The above blends can also be added to the bath. One teaspoon with the following amount of essential oils added can be added AFTER the bath is filled, per the age of the child: 3-5 years, 2 drops; 6-8 years, 3 drops; 8-11 years, 5 drops. Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to make a full strength blend (without carrier oil) of your choice, then dilute as needed for the application.

Inhalation of essential oils

For inhalation, one can apply one or two drops to a handkerchief and inhale, or add oils to a water misting bottle or humidifier. Calming essential oils that may be used are Lavender (recommended for sleep – one to four drops can be placed under the pillow), Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Ho Wood (an ecologically friendly replacement for Rosewood), Tangerine, Petitgrain, Vanilla, and Neroli. Use these oils singly, create your own blend, or use one of the body oil blends above without the carrier oil. A few drops per quart of water in a mister sprayed throughout a room or added humidifier resevoir will do.

For an anti-anxiety blend: Try 5 drops bergamot, 1 drop lavender and 3 drops geranium – dilute to 10 drops per ½ pint of water for a room spray or use in a humidifier, or dilute to the appropriate level for your child’s age if using topically. For alertness, try lemon, bergamot, grapefruit or pine, either singly or in a blend that pleases your senses (usually the best way to blend is to trust your nose!)

Essential oils can also be used in a candle lamp or warmer – with the oil gently evaporated from the surface of a small bowl of water by the heat of a candle. An electric nebulizing diffuser is generally not recommended for use with children, as the concentration of oils in the air can be too high.

Last but not least, essential oils are wonderful antiseptics.

Cuts and scrapes are simply a way of life for the little ones! A great blend for minor wounds is a 1:1 mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oil. The lavender is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and has regenerative ‘ketones’, while the tea tree is a strong antiseptic used for many generations by native Australians. Use this blend in the water used for cleaning wounds, and apply a few drops to the gauze of a bandage – do not apply directly to the skin as it will be unnecessarily irritating. On the bandage, however, it will be soothing and accelerate the healing process.

So this is a very brief overview of using essential oils with children. There are many, many diverse applications for essential oils for almost every conceivable minor ailment seen in childhood. The key is knowledge – finding a good practitioner, or reputable resource for your needs. For further reading, books by Valerie Ann Woorwood are excellent: “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” and “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy”; for safety data, see “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs. The essential oils mentioned within this article are recognized as safe for most individuals – if you or your child are recognized as having a specific illness, and/or are under a doctor’s regular care, please consult an appropriate practitioner before proceeding.

That said, aromatherpy can be a very fun and rewarding endevor for both you and your child. Essential oils have benefited the lives of many the world over, and have a little bit of plant magic available to everyone.

Aromatherapy Newbies: 10 Tips

February 15, 2016

I remember when I first discovered aromatherapy several years ago. I was fascinated by essential oils and excited to try using them. Looking back, I realize I should have done a bit more research before diving into aromatherapy. I offer you the advice I wish I’d had when I was an aromatherapy novice:

1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books Choose just one or two books to start your aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give you some basic information and help you discover the areas in which you have the most interest. Two of my favorites Are Colleen K Dodt’s The Essential Oils Book, and Joy Bowles’ The A-to-Z of Essential Oils.

2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums Forums are great resources for aromatherapy newbies. Read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others. The Yahoo Group Aromatherapy for Everyone is a friendly place for beginners, and members range from novices to experts.

3. Do Some Research on the Internet While it’s nice to have an aromatherapy book or two at your fingertips, there are some excellent resources on the internet, too. Be a critical reader, though, and consider your source. Information offered by a manufacturer or affiliate seller may not be as trustworthy as information offered by a more objective source. Aromatherapy websites I refer to over and over include AromaWeb and Wavelengths Natural Health Aromatherapy.

4. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start Though you may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils. Essential oils can be quite expensive, so you may want to experiment with a few at first and then invest in more if you decide to pursue aromatherapy further.

5. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils When you buy essential oils, choose a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential oils – they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.

6. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, you will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil.

7. Store Your Oils Properly Essential oils should be stored only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it’s best to buy smaller quantities.

8. Learn How to Do a Patch Test Essential oils can cause adverse reactions, due to allergy or due to sensitization over time. A patch test helps to determine whether you might react to a particular essential oil. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself with each new oil you want to use topically.

9. Don’t Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets Until you are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, don’t use them on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children.

10. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils Though you will read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally, you should avoid doing this. Some essential oils that are fairly safe to use topically may be quite toxic if taken internally. In addition, some essential oils may interact with prescription or over the counter drugs.

As you experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, you will become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!

Aromatic Blending and Therapeutic Blending

August 13, 2011

While the term “aromatherapy” technically refers to the use of essential oils and plant extracts to produce a therapeutic effect in a person, many people enjoy blending essential oils simply for their fragrances. Blending for fragrance is a wonderful idea, but the blender should be aware of the therapeutic uses of the oils he or she wants to use. Using oils that are contraindicated for the person’s physical or emotional issues can produce a problematic response.

The same is true in blending essential oils for therapeutic use. Beginning blenders should use established recipes for the problems they are trying to fix, and should not attempt to blend their own recipes until they have adequate experience. When blending for fragrance, it is also important to remember that duplication of manufactured fragrances is not possible as manufacturers use artificial chemicals in their scents and perfumes.

Allergy Relief and the Practice of Yoga

April 8, 2010

Studies showed that yoga could reduce allergies over 60%. Yoga helps keep away allergies, asthma, hay fever and so on. Allergies can cause you to wake during the night, struggling to breath, since the condition can cause suffocation. Allergies affect the chest, throat and breathing cause a person to feel stuffy. Some of the problems that emerge from allergies include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, running nose, aching head, and so on.

Asthma and allergies affect millions of people each year. The condition wakes them up during the night hours causing them to gag or grasp for air. Their breathing is often affected, which makes these people feel helpless.

Yoga helps, since it is a breathing exercise. The key is to focus on your breathing while controlling the body and mind. Once you control your breathing, it will help you to breathe naturally. Learning yoga is a great start to finding allergy relief. Still, you need to learn more about your condition, since allergies could include Rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, and even emphysema.

Your doctor can help you decide which condition you have. The problem is many people go without proper diagnosis or treatment, since patients often fail to explain in detail what symptoms they have. Many patients fail to revisit the doctor after they find relief believing the condition is cured.
Allergies are a hypersensitivity reaction that emerges from natural substances in the air, such as pollen, mildew, mold and so on. The foreign antigens that attack the immune system cause allergies to occur. Dust, mold or other particles in the air that lands on the body parts can cause allergy reactions. If we inhale certain particles from the air, allergies can emerge. Allergies can emerge from injections as well.

Hay fever is another condition your doctor may consider. This is a seasonal allergic reaction, which comes from exposure to ragweed. Grass causes hay fever symptoms as well. Foods, drugs, dust or pet dander can cause allergies to emerge. What happens is the immune system is affected by antigens and then allergens, which starts the antibodies in the body to produce IgE or Immunoglobulin E. The body’s basophils are white blood cells, which IgE attaches to. Basophils travel the bloodstream, which carries onto the mast cells similar to the basophils and sets into the cell tissues. IgE builds on cells, which releases histamines, leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Once these conditions start inflammation develops, which causes swelling. The tissues that surround these cells are inflamed and other tissues are damaged as a result.

To relieve allergic symptoms once must consider yoga. Yet, again you will need a medical expert to diagnose your disorder. Once you have a diagnosis, you understand what you are dealing with, which leads you to acceptance. Acceptance is the keys that open many doors to finding solutions. You can start your yoga practices at this time. Once you start practice naturally, it opens the mind inspiring the proper elements to flow naturally. In short, once the mind opens neurotransmitters send signals naturally to the proper channels.

Aside from yoga, you may want to include essential oils and aromatherapy oils into your strategy. These oils are responsible for relieving millions of people of allergic symptoms. To learn more about aromatherapy and essential oils go online to see which oils are best to use to treat allergic symptoms. You might want to build your immune system. A strong immune system makes it harder for allergens and antigens to enter into the system. If you are searching for relief think yoga, aromatherapy, doctor and methods to take to reduce particles that cause your attacks.

The Home Aromatherapy Spa for Ultimate Enjoyment

April 30, 2009

After a long day at work or if you have been at home with the children and it has been a difficult and trying time, your thoughts may turn to the prospect of treating yourself to some well-deserved pampering. However, If you figure the cost of going to a spa for a day or a weekend break, then it may turn out to be a fairly expensive venture, albeit one that is luxurious. But there are less expensive alternatives to visiting a spa, where the benefits are just as good plus you get to save money in your pocket. Why not create the perfect home aromatherapy spa?

It is much more fun and it’s easy to do.

If you are going to create a home aromatherapy spa then it is worthwhile to plan your treatments ahead of time, know who else is going to be attending, what specific treatments you are going to have to make up and working out the costs. If cost is an issue then try making two or three different but more economical treatments.

Make sure you clear a room and have it set out ready for your spa. Make it clean and tidy; getting rid of any clutter so that you can create the right atmosphere before you begin your all-important preparations is vital. For a spa to be successful it needs the right ambiance, you can light candles, have incense or oils burning and suddenly, you are feeling ready to relax and unwind.

Whether the spa is just for yourself or if you are planning to invite others, ensure that you know just how to create the recipes needed and that they are fairly simple to make. If others are attending, check that no one is allergic to certain things like nuts as if you are using almond oil, they may get a reaction.

There are so many aromatherapy spa recipes available but here are some samples:

Eye oil to moisturize the area just underneath the eyes.

30 ml jojoba oil
5 drops rose essential oils
5 drops of chamomile oil

Mix all the ingredients together and then store in a small dark glass bottle, preferably one with a dropper. This oil is ready to use for when skin is cleansed.

Rose refresher for tired eyes

Rose water-kept chilled

Dilute two tablespoons of rose water with two tablespoons of cold water. Thoroughly soak some cotton wool in the mixture and apply to closed eyelids.

Aromatherapy moisturizing oil

7 drops lavender essential oil
3-4 drops geranium essential oil
30 ml jojoba oil

Mix the ingredients together in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. This is now ready to use and will moisturize and soothe skin.

Creating an aromatherapy spa in your own home is incredibly easy and great fun, it can be done when you are on your own as a complete pick-me up and pampering session or it can be a fun spa with family and select friends. Not only can you enjoy the creative process, your home treatments will make you feel fantastic too.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Skincare

March 31, 2009

We all spend an increasing amount of money each year on different skincare products, all of which offer us the opportunity to look younger and hold back the ravages of time. Many of the skincare products we purchase can contain harsh chemical ingredients, so from a holistic point of view, we are sabotaging our bodies in the effort to look good.

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to living a natural life and finding inner peace and a healthy balance in general. Many people will have heard about aromatherapy massages and may have even experienced a massage from a qualified therapist at some point, but there is an almost overlooked side to aromatherapy and that is, that the essential oils used can make some skincare products that are wonderful and kind even to sensitive skin.

Surprisingly, they are not even difficult to make and the cost is minimal too. Investing in some quality pure essential oils is a must however, so before spending a lot of money on buying large quantities of oils from your local health store, it is advisable to read up on the oils and aromatherapy recipes first and just choose a select few.

There are numerous publications and articles all advocating the benefits of making your own skincare products, but many people either do not realize just how easy it is or simply find it hard to fit in another task into their busy days. There are many aromatherapy recipes available and initially it is wise to try out existing recipes rather than creating your own, at least until there is a firm understanding of the oils and their individual qualities.

Aromatherapy Recipe 1.

Enriching Nail Oil

2 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon apricot-seed oil
1 400 IU capsule vitamin E oil

Mix the ingredients together and add to a small bottle. Use each morning and evening to help nails become less brittle and dry.

Aromatherapy Recipe 2

Moisturizing Hand Crème

5 drops of lavender oil
1 teaspoon almond oil

Add to a bowl of water and soak hands for ten minutes.

Aromatherapy Recipe 3

Moisturizing Body Oil

2 fl oz jojoba oil
10 drops grapefruit oil
15 drops lavender oil

Add ingredients together in a small bottle and rub a few drops into skin after bathing or showering. Rub into damp skin for maximum effect.

These sample recipes are only a small sample of those, which are available in various different publications. Learn to replace those harsh skincare products which are manufactured on a large scale, instead, satisfy the natural you, by creating your own skincare products.

Aromatherapy Diffusers

December 11, 2008

There are many available products associated with aromatherapy and all are readily available either through retail outlets or through the internet. Most people know something about this complimentary therapy or have heard a little about aromatherapy products such as essential oils, oil burners, aromatherapy incense sticks or candles etc but one product, the aromatherapy diffuser is not as widely known yet can have great beneficial affects.

What are aromatherapy diffusers?

Diffusers are apparatus which scatters the aroma from the oil so that it disperses widely over an area. Diffusers come in different shapes and styles however; one affordable diffuser would be the light bulb ring diffuser. This is simply shaped so that it fits against the light bulb. A couple of drops of the carefully selected essential oil are added to the diffuser and once the light is turned on and the bulb increases in heat, the oil begins to warm up and this gradually disperses the aroma.

There are also fan aromatherapy diffusers which can be battery powered or through mains electricity. Some are considered easily portable and are space saving and some although could be moved, potentially would be left in it’s desired location.

There are also diffusers which can be used in the car and these would operate in the same way in that they disperse the selected oil so that its aroma fills the car. These are plugged into the vehicle cigarette lighter.

There are also certain types of necklaces which have been designed to work as a diffuser. Quite simply, a couple of drops of oil is added to the necklace or they have a small vial inside and this also allows for a steady stream of aroma to be detected.

When would you use aromatherapy diffusers?

Diffusers can be used to create specific moods either at home or in the work place. They are useful in that if the oils are carefully chosen for the relevant property, will have a beneficial affect on those breathing in the scent.

What are the benefits of using aromatherapy diffusers?

The benefits of using a diffuser are that they circulate the oil quite steadily as they heat up due to the fan action. As some diffusers are portable, this means they can easily be transported to wherever is required.

Depending on the oil which has been selected, the oil can be used to stimulate or calm nerves, and this could be extremely beneficial in a busy office environment where the pace is so hectic. It may be an idea to use a diffuser prior to a meeting or during the meeting if clear minds are required.

At home, a relaxing oil could be used in the aromatherapy diffuser, lavender for example, as it has tranquil and calming properties which help to diffuse tensions, stress and can also help to soothe headaches. Prior to turning into bed, a diffuser could be set to emit waves of lavender scent and this would be conducive to a good nights sleep.

Because there are so many products available which are associated with aromatherapy, it makes sense to gradually try different products until you find one which works best for you.

Aromatherapy Oils

November 30, 2008

There are simply hundreds of aromatherapy oils available in shops and through mail order, and many of those oils would help to generate positive emotional well-being and bring balance and peace into your life.

There is no need to go to a qualified aromatherapist to begin learning about creating recipes and lotions in your own home, although if you want to have the benefits of a professional massage and treatment, the experience will be both uplifting and positive. A little research will be sufficient initially and providing you treat your chosen oils with respect and read up on any contra-indications relating to specific oils, then using aromatherapy oils is a positive step which will lead to feeling contented, relaxed and enjoying the whole creative process.

First of all, think about the type of recipes you would like to create i.e. skin care? Facemasks? Hand crème? Massage oils? Read up on the volume of recipes that you can find in any good aromatherapy books or, by reading articles on the Internet. A word of caution however, until you have learned more about the properties of individual oils, it may be sensible to limit creating your own versions and use existing recipes.

Aromatherapy oils-massage

Warming Massage oil

8 Tablespoons Jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
20 drops of sandalwood essential oils
10 drops of frankincense essential oils
10 drops of ginger essential oils

This is very quick and easy to make, simply mix the oils together and place in a dark glass jar and keep until ready to use.

Aromatherapy oils -Soap

Uplift your Mood soap

4 fl oz liquid non-scented soap
20 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of bergamot essential oil
10 drops of geranium essential oil

Mix the oils and soap together, stirring thoroughly. Store in a plastic soap dispenser and use when ready. Shake before use.

Aromatherapy oils-Bath

Meditation bath

1 tablespoon milk
4 drops of sandlewood essential oil
2 drops of rose essential oils
2 drops of frankincense essential oils

Add the oils to the water and then stir into the water to distribute the liquid.

Aromatherapy oils should never be used directly onto the skin-except for tea tree oil and lavender oil, always dilute them in a good carrier oil such as sweet almond, grape oil or jojoba oil. Once mixed they will last for up to three years providing they are kept in a dark glass jar away from artificial or natural sunlight.

Citris essential oils will not last as long as the others so if you are using any, it may be worth while ensuring you use your mixed oil sooner rather than later.

There are no need to purchase expensive face creams or bath lotions, it is possible to make wonderful natural products with a wide range of health benefits using aromatherapy oils.

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