Good health smells great

Yesterday I posted an idea for a herbal carpet freshener on the Herbology Facebook page and it received many positive comments.  So I started thinking about the healing scents we are attracted to and why.  Sometimes it could just be that a scent smells pretty but on the other hand maybe it’s that this scent makes us feel pretty.

So today I want to have a quick look into aromatherapy.  It’s not strictly herbal medicine, although essential oils used in aromatherapy are of course made by extracting volatile oils from herbs and other healing plants. By its very name, aromatherapy is a therapy utilising scents.

Research shows that prospective buyers are more likely to part with their money if the house smells of freshly brewed coffee or baking bread.  These smells make a person feel comforted with feelings of home and hearth, therefore make them feel like this is where they might like to make their home.  Shopping giants are long wise of these research and have been piping appealing scents through their stores for years.  It’s actually funny how people will not consciously notice that even though they appreciated the fresh bread smell…the store they are in doesn’t actually sell bread a all.

Lavender (and peppermint) oils on the pulse points can often tame a wicked headache, rose and lavender in the bath makes us relax and feel luxurious.  Not only do scents influence the mood but there are also increasing reports that behaviour and health can also be positively influenced.

There are so many ways in which you can utilise essential oils and I can only give you a small indication here in this post.  If you’d like to know more, pls feel free to comment and tell me what areas you might be interested in.

If you are going to try blending your own essential oils make sure that you use good quality oils.  Pure oils are very different to ‘scented oils’ – be aware of what you buy and what you use it for.  Preferably you want a 100% essential oil which is organic.

Let’s concentrate on the different areas of the home – that pretty much applies to everyone 🙂

To give your home a welcoming atmosphere

1 teasp each of geranium essential oil, bergamot essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil
50 drops cinnamon oil
20 drops clove oil
50 ml vodka
1 cup purified water
Mix the essential oil blend in a glass bottle.
Add 1/2 – 1 teasp of the blend to the vodka in a spray bottle, shake.
Add the water, shake well and use as room spray.

For a sleep inducing atmosphere in the bedroom

1/2 teaspoon each of chamomile essential oil, lavender essential oil
20 drops marjoram essential oil
20 drops neroli, or clary sage essential oil
Mix oils in a small glass bottle.  Leave for 4 days.
Store in a dark & cool place.
To use:
-in an oil burner
-2 or 3 drops on a cotton hanky tucked in or under pillow
-mix a few drops in water and use to wipe down bedroom furniture

For a romantic bedroom

1 teasp ylang ylang essential oil
1/2 teasp each of lime essential oil and petitgrain essential oil
20 drops sandalwood essential oil
15 drops patchouli essential oil
5 drops close essential oil
Mix oils in a small glass bottle.  Leave for 4 days.
Store in a dark & cool place.
To use:
-in an oil burner
-2 or 3 drops on a cotton hanky tucked in or under pillow
-mix a few drops in water and use to wipe down bedroom furniture

For the computer area

2 teasp lemon essential oil
1 teasp each of cypress essential oil, cedar essential oil, pine essential oil
Mix oils in a small glass bottle.  Leave for 4 days.
Store in a dark & cool place.
To use:
-in an oil burner on the desk
-mix a few drops in water and use to wipe down office furniture
-make a room spray like above

Cheerful kitchen blend

1 teasp lemon essential oil
1/2 teasp each of bergamot essential oil, grapefruit essential oil
25 drops sandalwood essential oil
30 drops of vanilla essential oil
Mix oils in a small glass bottle.  Leave for 4 days.
Store in a dark & cool place.
To use:
-in an oil burner on the desk
-mix a few drops in water and use to wipe down furniture
-make a room spray like above

These are but a few ideas on how to use essential oils in the home.
There are so many others.  You can treat stress, burn out, tension, travel sickness, jet lag, fear of flying, hyperactivity and so much more. Use essential oils to make personal massage blends, add to your beauty products  and treat your pets. It’s a very comprehensive natural therapy and worth looking into.

Note: If you decide to use essential oil blends in children’s areas be aware that children respond to a lot less oils.  Do not use oils in areas for the little ones – under 1 year old.  Between 1 and 5 years old use one quarter of the adult blend and from 5 to puberty increase gradually up to one half.

I love using essential oils but I am aware that a HUGE quantity of plant material is required for very little oil.  In that regard I discriminate between the oils I really, really want/need and what I can use the actual plant for instead.

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