What are the Health Benefits of Aromatherapy Essential Oils?
Today, there is a growing interest in the use of essential oils for self care. We want to take ownership of the state of our health, and with the increase in stress and anxiety related issues, complementary approaches are providing an appealing option to support a healthy body and mind.
Aromatherapy oils offer a holistic approach to wellness. They speak to the emotional aspects of an ailment as well as the physical, unlike conventional treatments, which focus on symptoms rather than the root cause. Used alongside conventional treatments, aromatherapy oils can can provide support and comfort in todays fast paced living.
Essential oils have a dual action, making sure you feel relaxed yet present, uplifted yet grounded and ago e all balanced. They are preventative rather than curative.working behind the scenes, essential oils support the boxy and it’s immunity, being long term healers rather than a quick fix.
Plant Therapy Essential Oils
The most amazing thing about essential oils is their complexity. A single oil is made up of over 100 natural compounds, created and blended by the plant. Although some compounds are more dominant than others, they work in perfect harmony yo deliver the oils overall therapeutic impact.
An authentic essential oil is highly concentrated and requires only a small amount to work it’s magic.aside from producing a plant characteristic fragrance, amino droplets of oil are an integral part of the plants’ success. The oil is manufactured primarily to defend the plant from attack by pathogens or herbivores.in some plants’ the slowly vaporizing oil can deter or entice insects for the purpose of cross pollination. Essential oils become the distilled version of the plants’ immunity and unique therapeutic properties. The role that essential oils play in the life of their plant mirrors the role they play in our healing.
Aromatherapy Oils for Skincare
Here are some of my favorite magical aromatherapy recipes to give your body and mind a complete make-over.
For: sore muscles and skin in need of a deep clean.
1 cup Himalayan pink salt
1 tablespoon rhassoul mud
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 tablespoon kelp powder
1 tablespoon match powder
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
To make: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Add the vitamin E oil and stir again.
To use: Add to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes to get the full benefits. Use as often as you like.
For: Skin in need of extra moisture and nourishment
2 tablespoons dried rose petals
1 chopped vanilla bean
1/2 cup Shea butter
2 drops rose essential oil
To make: Grind the rose petals and the vanilla bean together in a mortar and pestle to create a fine powder. Alternatively use a coffee grinder.
Melt the Shea butter in a saucepan over low heat while stirring in the rose and vanilla powder.
Remove from the heat as soon as its melted and stir through the rose essential oil.
Pour into small silicone molds and leave to set in the fridge or freezer. Once set remove from the molds and store in an airtight container in your fridge.
To use: Place one bath melt in the bath as you run the water. Any left unmelted, you can rub into your skin whilst in the bath.
Chocolate body butter
For: Inflamed skin, eczema or dry skin
1/4 cup cacao butter
2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 drops peppermint essential oil
To make: Melt the cacao butter, Shea butter and coconut oi in a fry pan over low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and cinnamon. Add the peppermint essential oil .
Transfer to a jar and allow mixture to cool and solidify.
To use: Use as an all over the body moisturizer daily.
Anti – cellulite scrub
For:Reducing cellulite and improving circulation
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
grated zest and juice of 1/4 lemon
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
2-4 drops fennel essential oil
To make: Combine the brown sugar and melted coconut oil in a bowl. Add the grated ginger and lemon zest and juice. Add the essential oils. Stir thoroughly. Transfer into a pot with a lid for storage.
To use: Rub on desired areas in a circular motion whilst in the shower. Use 3 times a week for desired results.
For: Aligns mind and body for energy healing
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rose essential oil
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
200 ml sweet almond carrier oil
To make:Mix the ingredients together whilst focusing on your intention of energy healing .
To use: Add the mix to your bath as desired.
For: When you don’t have time to wash your hair!!
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
3 drops lavender or geranium oil
To make: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl then transfer to a herb shaker.
To use: Shake over the roots of your hair then comb through
Nail Strengthening oil
For: brittle nails
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
To make: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, then store in an airtight container.
To use: Massage the oil over your nails and cuticles then leave on for a few minutes. Wipe away any excess oil.
Beetroot and peppermint lip balm
For: Dry or cracked lips
1 tablespoon Shea butter
1 teaspoon beetroot powder
1 drop peppermint essential oil
To make: Melt the Shea butter over a low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the beetroot powder in small amounts whilst stirring. Stir in the peppermint essential oil. Pour into a container and leave to cool and harden.
To use: Apply as you would a regular lip balm several times a day or as needed. Can also be used as a cheek tint!!!!!
I hope that you enjoy trying out these magical recipes and enjoy them as much as I do!