Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, or plant-based therapy, has been used for thousands of years. Essential oils garnered from Mother Nature have been highly revered for their medicinal, emotional and beauty benefits. There are at least 70 regularly used aromatherapy essential oils available for your blending pleasure in a variety of categories, and today, a bouquet of handpicked fragrances are literally at your fingertips. Here are some of our favorite categories for fall:
- Woodsy: pine, cedar & tobacco
- Earthy: oak moss, vetiver & patchouli
- Herbs: marjoram, rosemary & basil
- Minty: peppermint & spearmint
- Medicinal: eucalyptus & tea tree
- Spicy: nutmeg, clove & cinnamon
- Oriental: ginger & patchouli
- Citrus: orange, lemon & lime
A facial steam has long been recognized as one of the best skin nourishing treatments when mixed with essential oils. An aromatherapy facial steam stimulates the brain and promotes facial healing for a restorative experience. The heat naturally opens the pores to deep clean oil and dirt while releasing impurities and toxins. Steaming also stimulates blood circulation, which increases oxygen and nutrients to the skin, as well as softens and moisturizes. To prepare, boil 1 liter of water and add a few drops of your chosen essential oils, or ½ cup of fresh herbs like mint, basil, chamomile, rosemary, sage, lavender, peppermint or thyme. Inhale the vapors 12-14 inches away from the source for 5-10 minutes.
For whole-body healing, discover an aromatherapy massage oil, or mix your own for a transcendent experience. We especially love this “Warm Spice Blend” for mental clarity:
We couldn’t complete our “oud” to aromatherapy without delivering some easy, and enticing, DIY aromatherapy ideas. Invite fall into your home this season by simply simmering a mixture of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, like fresh or dried orange peels, an apple, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, fresh ginger and star anise to. The aromatic blend will envelop in your abode like no candle can.
To make your own liquid or aromatherapy oil diffuser, fill up a glass jar 2/3 of the way with either mineral oil or water (add 1-2 tablespoons of vodka to the water recipe) and a few drops of your selected essential oil aromatherapy blend. Soak 10 reeds in the jar for about 15 minutes, then flip them upside down and let the vapors emanate. This custom aromatherapy gift is a great way to share your love for seasonal scents with friends.
Discover more custom blends of aromatherapy oil diffusers at simplepurebeauty.com: “15 tantalizing scent recipes you can make with an at-home kit”.
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