Today, we yearn for a return to nature and rediscovering all that plants have to offer as we strive to take ownership of the state of our health and wellbeing. The abrupt and unexpected turn of events have signalled new challenges. With little or no control, stress and anxiety continue to rise and we seek new ways of dealing with irritability, sleeplessness and fatigue. Aromatherapy with its holistic approach to health, (addressing the emotional as well as physical aspect of a condition) provides another way of maintaining health post-Covid 19.
The wide range of applications is what makes Aromatherapy such a beautiful and indulgent therapy of our time. It not only delights the senses, but can also address particular ailments and target specific areas of the body depending on the application method you choose. Below are some of the featured applications covered in A Scented Life and the most widely used in essential oil therapy.
Create your own aromatic sanctuary and balance emotions. Releasing essential oil particles into the air can soothe, revive and brighten our mood.
Dispense 6-9 drops in total of mixed oils into the water of your diffuser.
A blend for clarity:
2 drops bergamot, 3 drops lime, 1 drop of clary sage
Nourish and rejuvenate the skin, mind and body. Applying essential oils to the skin is deeply relaxing, eases anxiety and targets areas of pain.
Dispense 6 drops in total of mixed oils to 12mL of carrier oil.
A blend for relaxation:
3 drops of mandarin, 2 drops of vetiver and 1 drop of cedarwood.
Nurture and nourish the body and calm the mind. Soaking in aromatic water is deeply relaxing, hydrating and eases joint pain.
Add 3-6 drops in total of mixed oils to 1 tbsp. jojoba before adding to warm bath water. Mix well before soaking for 10-15 minutes.
A blend for a relaxing soak:
2 drops each of bergamot, frankincense and sandalwood.
Soaking your feet in aromatic water, relaxes, revives and treats foot conditions. Use when you don’t have a tub on hand.
Add 6-9 drops in total of mixed oils into half a cup of cider vinegar before adding to 2 litres of warm/cool water (as required) in a large stainless steel bowl. Mix well. Soak for 10-15 minutes.
A blend for a reviving foot soak:
2 drops each of bergamot, spearmint and peppermint
For emotional and physical stability. Breathing in the rising vapours of essential oils treats respiratory infections and helps ease acute anxiety.
Add 1-3 drops of a single oil to steaming water and mix well. Inhale for 2-5 minutes with eyes closed and head well away from surface of the bowl. (Not for asthmatics, the young or elderly.)
A blend for an uplifting vapour:
Add 1 drop of soothing, comforting Frankincense to the steaming water.
Safety and essential oil use: Essential oils are complex, potent liquids and must be used with care. The information is offered as general guidance. It is not intended as a medical reference. The recommendations and blends are not prescriptive and may not be suitable for everyone. Please consult a medical practitioner for specific concerns.