Aromatherapy

How to Create Your Own Aromatherapy Tool Kit

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For centuries aromatherapy has been a key component of traditional healing growing into mainstream wellness that leverages the benefits of essential oils from biomedical uses to natural skincare. While most complex aromatic remedies are best left to aromatherapists, building a starter kit with a few fundamental essential oils will help you incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life and open you to a whole new world of aromatic therapy.  

Start building your personal aromatherapy tool kit with;

Lavender (Lavanduka Augustifolia) – Besides its calming herbal scent, lavender provides a lot of healing benefits including a healing effect for burns, which launched modern aromatherapy when discovered by French chemist Rene Gattefosse in the 1930’s. If nothing else lavender can be used to enable a restful sleep. To create a soothing mist, add 12 drops of lavender oil  to one once of distilled water , in a spray bottle and mist your bedroom, as well as your pillow to help install a relaxing sleep.  You can also blend this versatile essential oil with any other aromatic essential oils and you will soon realise how indispensable lavender is for daily wellness.

  • Key Actions – Balancing, Calming
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Perfume
  • Top Reasons For Use – Stress and Tension, Insomnia, Headaches, Neuralgia, Insect Repellent, Wounds, Burns, Shock
  • Combines Well With – Most Other Oils

Bergamot (Cirrus Bergamia) – Orange scented oil, like lavender will blend well with any of the oils in your aromatherapy kit. Balancing and uplifting, bergamot has a subtle citrus aroma perfect for diffusing; Add 6 drops to a light ring diffuser (before turning the light on) to spread its sweet aroma through the room.

  • Key Actions – Relaxing, Uplifting
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Sauna
  • Top Reasons For Use – Tonic for the nervous system, Cooling & refreshing, Cystitis, Indigestion, Wounds.
  • Combines Well With – Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Pine and Rosemary.

Peppermint (Mentha Pipertita) – You may have already enjoyed the uplifting cooling effects of peppermint in your favorite toothpaste or herbal tea. Add peppermint to your kit for a go to energizer; Inhale deeply direct from the bottle when you need to add a little bit of oomph to your day. Mix a few drops with joboba oil and rub on temples and stomach to settle an upset stomach or combat nausea. And for after those long days of standing on your feet, soak your tired feet in a bowl with warm water and 12 drops of peppermint.

  • Key Actions – Cooling, refreshing, Stimulating
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Sauna, Skin Lotion
  • Top Reasons For Use – Indigestion, Nausea, Muscle Pain, Coughs & Colds, Deodorant
  • Combines Well With – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary

Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea) – Need an extra lift? Reach for clary sage an herbal powerhouse offering naturally euphoric properties. Clary sage is often used to combat depression and anxiety, as well as being an effective muscle relaxant and it’s antispasmodic  properties can be used to treat asthma (particularly if stress related). Just a few drops with lavender or bergamot will create a stress busting aromatic inhaler.

  • Key Actions – Relaxing, Toning, Warming
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Sauna, Skin Lotion
  • Top Reasons For Use – Convalesence, Depression, Stress and nervous tension, Women’s health
  • Combines Well With – Cardamom, Coriander, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Rose

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Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) – If you are battling a nasty cold, open and inhale eucalyptus, a bright, light oil used for its respiratory properties. Place 2 tablespoons onto the floor of your shower, for an invigorating sauna like morning wash, that will help clear your sinuses.  Eucalyptus has a refreshing effect on the nervous system and can help tiredness, poor concentration and headaches.

  • Key Actions – Cleansing, Antiseptic
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Sauna, Skin Lotion
  • Top Reasons For Use – Reparatory problems, Joints, Infections, Insects
  • Combines Well With – Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme

Health Tip

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalies) – Round out your starter kit selections with energizing rosemary, one of the earliest plants to be used in aromatherapy. Traditionally, rosemary has been an important treatment for problems of hair and scalp. It stimulates the circulation to the scalp and can be used to treat alopecia and dandruff.  Rosemary is also an antiseptic which is why blending a few drops with lemon and eucalyptus makes a natural germ fighting household cleaner.

  • Key Actions –Stimulating, Toning
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation, Sauna, Sport Rubs
  • Top Reasons For Use – Circulation, Lymphatic drainage, Headaches and Migraines, Concentration, Sprains and Strains
  • Combines Well With – Basil, Lavender, Lemongrass, Olibanum, Orange, Peppermint, Petigrain, Pine

Lemon (Citurus Lemon) – Like lavender, essential oil of lemon will be a staple in your aromatic starter kit. Lemon is primarily refreshing, cleansing and tonifying oil and is one of the most important bactericidal oils for any infection or putrefaction. It blends well with nearly every other essential oil and provides a top note to ‘lift’ many fragrances. Mix 3 -4 drops of lemon oil, with 10ml of joboba oil and massage on your forehead to boost your energy levels.  Also blend lemon oil with aloe gel to make your own antibacterial hand sanitizer.

  • Key Actions – Cleansing, Refreshing
  • Method Of Use – Massage, Bath, Compress, Room Fragrance, Inhalation
  • Top Reasons For Use – Circulatory tonic, Refreshing, Cleansing, Colds and Flu, Greasy Skin, Skin Eruptions, Boils, Insect Repellent
  • Combines Well With – Most Oils

By adding carrier oils for massage blends, distilled water for face and room mists are excellent staples for your starter kit

Remember that essential oils are concentrated, never use ‘neat’ or directly on the skin. Always mix essential oils with carrier oils such as coconut oil, joboba oil, olive oil etc.. ( 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil)

Aromatherapy is no substitute for medical expertise of your family doctor but it does offer a natural healing therapy for skincare and daily living. Although gifts from nature, essential oils should never be ingested and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

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