Recently, I have been bitten by the essential oil bug! I have just now begun to do some research into them and am quickly discovering that there is a WHOLE WORLD out there filled with information and knowledge on EOs, their health, therapeutic, and healing benefits.
I plunked down some change and bought myself an essential oil kit (Eden’s garden) and have begun my science experiments in my new secret lab.
Why essential oils? Our olfactory senses are our most primal sense, dating back to the origins of life on Earth. Newborn babies use their noses to smell their mothers. Animals use their sense of smell in a myriad of ways in the wild. Smells of grandmother’s cookies, or mom’s curry invoke emotions of happiness and excitement. Ergo, thanks to my new obsession..err..interest, I found some recipes online that I have enjoyed making in order to uplift my moods and spirits. Someday, I hope to have a blend or recipe of my own making.
Couple of quick notes before beginning
– There are quite a few brands out there that make essential oils and some are reputed to be higher than others (based on potency and purity of the essential oils) I am still not fully versed in terms of which is the best brand, but in my short time spent looking at different brands – Mountain Rose Herbs has some of the highest positive reviews and ratings.
-Whole Foods sells Aura Cacia brand essential oils – this brand is a well-established one. I have linked most of the EOs in this blog post to their website.
Feeling a little agitated, frustrated, and overall anxious? Try a spritz of this lovely spray either around your room or on yourself. The warm earthy scents of bergamot, cedarwood, vetiver and lavender are a lovely combination together and I genuinely like this smell a LOT and it just instantly brings my stress levels down a notch after a rough day.
2 drops vetiver essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops texas cedarwood essential oil
2 ounces distilled water
Mix all oils, then add water in a spray mister bottle. Shake contents vigorously and then mist self or the airspace around you, smell and enjoy!
I LOVE the uplifting smell of eucalyptus. It’s the perfect thing to smell when your nasal passages need a little kick and some help opening up. I also just like smelling it when I’m tired.
15 – 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
2 ounces distilled water (You can mix the essential oil combination with 1/3 cup of a carrier oil such as jojoba, almond , or coconut oil and can use it on your skin – rub it on your chest when you a have a cold)
Mix all oils, then add water in a spray mister bottle. Shake contents vigorously and then mist and wake yourself up with the lovely smell of eucalyptus
I use this aromatic blend on my temples, or shoulders or back of my neck for a nice rub. I also use it on my yoga students when they’re in savasana and rub it on their temples and backs of their necks to help them relax.
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop patchouli essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
Mix all oils. Apply a few drops to the tips of fingers and massage into temples for a soothing aroma-induced meditation and enjoy! I used a small glass jar to store this massage oil concoction.
So I’m a total newbie in this essential oil field and am learning my through it but I can safely say that I’m hooked and will probably be spraying my scents on my friends and family. Either way, I shall post more ideas once I make more and get comfortable with the scents and their properties.
Till next time my dear readers – Namaste0