Sleep Better Massage Blends

 

BETTER SLEEP MASSAGE BLEND RECIPES

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Getting adequate and restful sleep is vital for the maintenance of overall health, as it helps to repair the body’s cells and tissues, to relieve the mind of daily stressors, to restore energy levels, to regulate hormones, and to boost the immune system. When the mind is unable to tune out occupying and stressful thoughts, this can result in an inability to remain asleep or the inability to fall asleep altogether – a condition that is commonly referred to as insomnia.

A total lack of sleep or the absence of restfulness during sleep can have upsetting consequences on mental and physical states, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression in severe cases. Other symptoms of insomnia include a persistent feeling of being tired, sudden feelings of being overwhelmed by daily routines, and brain fatigue. Traditional sleep medication can cause side-effects such as feelings of sluggishness, but aromatherapy massage treatments that use essential oils with relaxing properties can be excellent natural alternatives to promote the onset of sleep.

Throughout history, several popular essential oils have been known to address common causes for insomnia with their relaxing and sedative properties, which relieve stress and nervous tension, two factors that heighten sleeplessness. These essential oils include Lavender, Chamomile, Marjoram, Neroli, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. When some of these essential oils are combined in appropriate amounts to create synergistic blends according to personal scent preferences, their effectiveness is enhanced leading to improved sleep patterns and sleep quality.

Once the underlying basis for the sleep issue is identified and addressed, it is easier to select essential oils that respond to the cause and work to assist in recovering from the issue. For example, if profound sadness is the cause for sleeplessness, uplifting citrus oils such as Bergamot or Sweet Orange will help to boost the mood and relax the body, thus reducing the intensity of the negative emotion and promoting the achievement of a restful state.

USING MASSAGE BLENDS FOR SLEEP DISORDERS

Making aromatherapy massage part of a nightly bedtime routine with a partner can be helpful for preparing the mind and body to relax and for inducing sleep through a drug-free approach. The benefit of massage is that it positively influences the body’s chemistry in relation to sleep, as it increases serotonin levels. This chemical neurotransmitter maintains the sleep cycle, moods, appetite, digestion, memory, and libido. A deficiency of serotonin could thus lead to depression. Serotonin is required for the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that relaxes our bodies and encourages the feeling of drowsiness. Massage has, therefore, proven its usefulness in relieving stress and, by extension, sleep disorders.

SLEEP INDUCING MASSAGE BLEND

The following massage blend recipe is just one of the many combinations that may enhance the sleep mood:

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Lavender Essential Oil 15 drops
Vetiver Essential Oil 10 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 5 drops
Orange Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil
(Fractionated Coconut Oil recommended)
1 Tbsp. carrier oil per 8 drops essential oil blend

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the essential oils.
  2. Dilute by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Store in a dark, clean, glass container out of sunlight when not in use.

    • Lavender Essential Oil: This relaxing oil improves sleep by reducing feelings of anxiety and emotional distress as well as reducing pulse rates. It also works by promoting a sense of inner peace by diminishing irritability.
    • Vetiver Essential Oil: The aroma of this warming, balancing oil has a grounding and sedative effect on the mind, which decreases obsessive, paranoid, phobic, and anger-induced tendencies. It is known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and to alleviate aches, pains, and general physical exhaustion. By doing this, it reduces stress and pressure in body and mind.
    • Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil also has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from the physical and mental efforts of the day, thus proving to have properties that combat depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.
    • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: This oil is thought to have a euphoric effect on the mood, which helps reduce nervous conditions such as anxiety, tension, and palpitations. It is known to reduce high blood pressure and, being beneficial for regulating rapid heartbeats and breathing, it reduces other negative emotions such as anger and frustration.
    • Orange Essential Oil: This oil positively influences the body by providing a sense of upliftment, peacefulness, and cheerfulness. Its ability to alleviate anxiety, anger, and depression makes it beneficial for relaxing muscles, which promotes restfulness, drowsiness, and thus increased sleep duration.
  • Carrier Oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil recommended): This refined, clarified, and deodorized carrier oil is highly stable and moisturizing. It is odorless and leaves a hydrating moisture barrier on the skin without clogging pores.

WINDING DOWN SLEEP MASSAGE BLEND

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Pine Essential Oil 4 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil 4 drops
Melissa Essential Oil 4 drops
Cinnamon Essential Oil 1 drop
Carrier Oil of your choice 15 ml

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the essential oils.
  2. Dilute by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Store in a dark, clean, glass container out of sunlight when not in use.

    • Pine Essential Oil: The refreshing aroma of this relaxing oil is known to calm the nerves by boosting positive emotions and enhancing alertness and concentration. Used in massage, it soothes muscles and joints, which promotes better sleep.
    • Marjoram Essential Oil: This sedative oil promotes a sense of relief from nervous stress. By lowering blood pressure and easing the tension that comes with hyperactivity, loneliness, and grief, it eliminates several factors attributed to causing insomnia.
    • Melissa Essential Oil: The sweet citrus scent of this oil provides a soothing feeling of relaxation, which aids in relieving anxiety. It leaves the skin feeling rejuvenated and the mind feeling fresh.
    • Cinnamon Essential Oil: The warm, comforting aroma of this oil reduces the heavy feelings associated with negative emotions such as depression. It shows anti-inflammatory activities while helping to relax muscles and boost circulation.
  • Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

For external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner.

Energize with Peppermint Oil {Recipes}

Peppermint Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Peppermint Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is famed for its ability to reduce pain and to stimulate, invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY (ENERGIZE)

When used in aromatherapy, Peppermint Essential Oil’s expectorant properties clear the nasal passageway to promote the relief of congestion and to encourage easy breathing. It is believed to stimulate circulation, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, boost energy, balance hormones, and enhance mental focus. The scent of this analgesic oil is believed to help relieve headaches, and its stomachic properties are known to help suppress the appetite and promote the feeling of being full. When diluted and inhaled, this digestive oil can reduce the feeling of nausea.

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL ROOM SPRAY BLEND FOR ALERTNESS
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 85 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 40 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 35 drops
Sweet Basil Essential Oil 15 drops
Pure Water 120 ml / 4 oz.

Instructions

  1. Mix all essential oils together in a spray bottle.
  2. Add water.
  3. Shake again.
  4. Spritz whenever you need a boost of energy.
  5. For best results, spray the room mist above your head 10 times. After every 2 or 3 sprays, close your eyes to avoid irritation and deeply inhale the scent to relax and feel rejuvenated.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER BLEND FOR INCREASED FOCUS

Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 2 drops
Cinnamon Essential Oil 2 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 1 drop

Instructions

  1. For optimal blending before adding to an electric diffuser, add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle and roll bottle between hands.
  2. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER BLEND FOR COOLING DOWN
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Spearmint Essential Oil 4 drops
Citronella Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil 1 drop

Instructions

  1. For optimal blending before adding to an electric diffuser, add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle and roll bottle between hands.
  2. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A MASSAGE (RELIEVE FATIGUE)

When used in a massage, Peppermint Essential Oil has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria from the skin, to relieve muscle spasms and flatulence, to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin, and to release muscle tension. When diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural fever reducer. It can effectively decrease feelings of fatigue caused by strenuous physical or mental work, stress, or a lack of restful sleep.

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR FATIGUE RELIEF
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 6 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the blend into the upper chest, shoulders, back of the neck, and down the back.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND TO UPLIFT THE MOOD
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 4 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Cypress Essential Oil 2 drops
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the blend into the upper chest, shoulders, back of the neck, and down the back.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR MUSCLE SORENESS
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 4 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 3 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 3 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 1 drop
Carrier Oil 1 tbsp (15 ml)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the formula into the preferred muscles.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE BLEND FOR PHYSICAL STRENGTH
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Melissa Essential Oil 5 drops
Palmarosa Essential Oil 5 drops
Allspice Essential Oil 5 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Lime Essential Oil 4 drops
Ginger Essential Oil 2 drops
Grapeseed Carrier Oil 2 tbsp (30 ml / 1 fl. oz.)

Instructions

  1. Measure out the carrier oil in a container.
  2. Slowly add in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine.
  4. Massage the formula into the preferred muscles.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN A BATH (BREATHE EASY & REJUVENATE)

In a diluted bath blend, Peppermint Essential Oil is known to clear nasal passages and to relieve congestion, back pain, mental fatigue, and coughs. It boosts circulation, releases the feeling of having tired feet, muscular pain, cramps, and spasms. It soothes inflamed and itchy skin, among other conditions.

  1. PEPPERMINT BATH BLEND TO BREATH MORE EASILY
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
Cajeput Essential Oil 5 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5 drops
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame suggested) 1 tsp (5 ml)

Instructions:

  1. Pour Epsom Salt into a clean mixing bowl.
  2. Add Essential Oil(s). Mix well.
  3. Spoon the final product into clean jars (such as canning or jam jars).
  4. When adding the salts to a bath, ensure complete dissolution in water to avoid slipping.
  5. Depending on the size of the bathtub, use between ¼ to ½ cup of this salt blend per bath.
  6. Relax in the bath and enjoy for 30 minutes.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL FOOT BATH BLEND TO REJUVENATE
Ingredient Amount
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Pine Essential Oil 4 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, or Sesame suggested) 1 tsp (5 ml)

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a container and mix thoroughly.
  2. Transfer blend to a large container filled with 8 cups (2 L) of hot water or spa foot bath filled.
  3. Soak feet for 20 minutes.
  4. Towel dry and apply moisturizer.

USING PEPPERMINT OIL IN COSMETICS (PURIFY AND REFRESH)

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Peppermint Essential Oil acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It’s cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation. It has traditionally been used as a cooling chest rub to relieve congestion and, when diluted with a carrier oil, it can promote the safe and healthy renewal of skin, thus offering relief from skin irritations such as sunburn. In shampoos, it can stimulate and soothe the scalp while also removing dandruff.

  1. PEPPERMINT AND VANILLA BODY SCRUB TO SOFTEN AND PURIFY
Ingredient Amount
Dead Sea Salt 8 Tbsp
White Clay (or substitute with more Sea Salt) 2 Tbsp
Almond Oil (or substitute with Olive Oil) 6 Tbsp
Chopped Mint Leaves 2 Tbsp
Vanilla Bean Seeds From 1 Bean
Peppermint Essential Oil 10 drops
Lemon Essential Oil (or substitute with 1 tsp of Lemon Juice) 5 drops
Lemon Zest 1 Tsp

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into an air-tight glass jar.
  3. This recipe makes approximately 150 ml (5 oz.) of body scrub.
  4. Soak feet for a short period of time in bathtub or basin of water to soften and prepare skin for exfoliation.
  5. With hand, scoop out some homemade scrub and put it on feet.
  6. In a circular motion, rub homemade scrub all over feet using a scrub brush, or work it in with hands for 15-30 seconds on each foot.
  7. Soak feet in water to rinse off the scrub.
  8. Lift feet out of water and dry with a towel.
  9. Apply lotion to seal in moisture.

 

  1. HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL & LEMON FACE WASH
Ingredient Amount
Water 1 cup
Bar of Unscented Glycerin Soap (Chopped) 1/5 of a bar
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, boil the water.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in glycerin soap pieces until completely dissolved.
  3. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, add essential oils and stir gently to mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a funnel, pour face wash into a pump bottle.
  6. Remaining face wash can be stored in a covered glass jar.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL & HONEY FACIAL TONER
Ingredient Amount
Honey 1 Tbsp
Warm Water 1/3 cup (78 mL / 3 fl. oz.)
Apple Cider Vinegar ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Water 1 cup (250 mL / 8 fl. oz.)
Peppermint Essential Oil 6-8 drops

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix warm water and honey until honey completely dissolves.
  2. Stir in Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Peppermint Essential Oil.
  3. Using a funnel, pour face wash into a small bottle.
  4. Remaining toner can be stored in a small glass jar.
  5. For best results, use after washing face with Peppermint & Lemon Facial Wash.
  6. Apply toner to the skin using a cotton ball. Do not wash off.

 

  1. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL LIP BALM BLEND FOR FRESH COOLNESS
Ingredient Amount
Shea Butter 1 Tsp
Vitamin E Oil 1 Tsp
Sweet Almond Oil 2 Tsp
Beeswax Pellets 2 ½ to 3 heaping tsp (or 1 ½ to 2 tsp solid Beeswax)
Peppermint Essential Oil  10 drops

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat Shea Butter, oils, and Beeswax on the lowest stove-top heat setting. Heating the blend too quickly could result in a gritty lip balm.
  2. Remove blend from heat and add Peppermint Essential Oil.
  3. Pour blend into metal tins or tubes, leaving open.
  4. Allow balm to set inside containers for 24 hours, then cover.
  5. Apply to lips.

TIPS

  • If the mixture is too thin: Simply add Beeswax pellets (or tiny bits of solid Beeswax) one at a time.
  • If the mixture is too thick: A splash of Almond Oil will help reduce thickness.
  • If mixture becomes too thick after adding Peppermint Oil (this may happen, as Peppermint EO is colder): Simply heat mixture VERY slowly over low heat until it liquefies.
  • If saucepan doesn’t pour well, use a dropper to fill lip balm containers.

 

  1. HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO BLEND TO STIMULATE THE SCALP
Ingredient Amount
Coconut Milk (Homemade or Canned) ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Liquid Castile Soap ¼ cup (60 mL / 2 fl. oz.)
Peppermint Essential Oil 20 drops
Olive or Almond Oil (Optional – for dry hair) ½ tsp

Instructions

  1. In an empty shampoo bottle, jar, or pump soap dispenser, combine all ingredients.
  2. Shake well to mix thoroughly.
  3. Keep in the shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use approximately 1 teaspoon every time you shampoo.

IN ESSENCE…

    • When diffused, Peppermint Essential Oil can boost energy, clear the respiratory tract, stimulate circulation, alleviate feelings of nervous tension and stress, and soothe feelings of irritability.
    • In a massage, Peppermint Essential Oil relieves fatigue, muscle spasms, muscle tension, flatulence, and fever. It is known to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin.
    • In a bath, Peppermint Essential Oil boosts circulation, releases the feeling of tiredness, and soothes itchy skin.
  • In cosmetics, Peppermint Essential Oil brightens, clears, and tones the skin, hydrates a dry scalp and promotes hair health and growth.

Geranium Essential Oil: Creating A Complete Balance

There is so much to say about the “flower of constancy”. Its elegant aroma is fresh, green and sweet with a strong rose note. Its sweetness increases as it evaporates into the atmosphere. A strong oil that is also light and soft at the same time that eases mental stress and worries, while lifting the spirits. So, did that grab your attention to want to know more? This is one of my all-time favorite Essential Oils that I keep in my travel kit. I make sure I never run out of Geranium Essential Oil.

The oil is distilled from the leaves. The name Geranium derives from the Greek word geranos or ‘crane’ because the seed pods resemble the shape of crane’s bills. It has been used widely in perfumery and soap manufacturing since the 19th century. There are more than 700 varieties of Geranium, however, only about 10 provide the Essential Oil. In the Victorian era, scented Geraniums were grown along the edges of pathways or placed pots indoors in the winter where women’s wide crinoline skirts would brush past and release their pleasant scent. Who would have thought that people went to such great lengths to steal these precious flowers from others gardens just to get their hands on them? There is something addicting about Geranium…

Regenerate Your Body and Mind

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is considered among Aromatherapists as oil to promote overall balance. Geranium has a way of transmitting feelings of strength and security, therefore used to calm both chronic and acute anxieties as well as depression; especially involving exhaustion and fatigue due to over-work. It is used to reconnect us to “feeling life”. Because life can throw us a lot of curve balls, Geranium can help us reconnect emotionally and start to “feel” again…to have a thirst for life and its enjoyments or pleasures. It can bring us back to center, grounding us to help us see things clearly and take charge.

This majestic oil can help balance emotions and promote a sense of inner peace and well-being. Being sedative and uplifting when needed, it is an ideal essential oil for stress-related disorders such as tension headaches, anxiety/depression, agitation, mood swings, frustration, fatigue, and muscle aches.

Be Productive

Do you ever get that feeling of being “stuck”? This oil is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen the flow of Qi-energy and is blood circulating, and also helps to clear and dispel stagnation. This makes it especially helpful for you to put your visions and thoughts into action.

Reproductive and Endocrine System* 

Geranium is used in Traditional Aromatherapy to help cope with hormonal imbalances during menopause and PMS and the baggage that comes with it such as hot flashes, menstrual cramps, water retention, mood swings and more. It supports the adrenal cortex to help balance the hormones. It is famous in Aromatherapy to help cool a hot temper! Because it helps us to release tension and negative emotions, it can be used to encourage feelings of sensuality as well.

Beauty

Geranium Essential Oil is commonly used by skin care specialist during facials because it is very nourishing and balancing to the skin. It is soothing to the mucous membranes and helps to cleanse and balance sebum production from oily to dry skin while restoring tone. It makes a great body treatment or massage oil for cellulite. Geranium Essential Oil is one of the few that has been used successfully against the MRSA bacteria in laboratory studies.

A Perfect Fit

Geranium blends well with many oils including Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Clary Sage, Orange, Peppermint,  Frankincense, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, and Eucalyptus.

Geranium Essential Oil’s benefits in Aromatherapy are so diverse. From balancing the body and mind, easing nervous tension and anxiety*, to promoting productivity when feeling “stuck,” Geranium Essential Oil helps to put us back on track where we want to be. Its aroma is strong, sweet, yet at the same time is elegant and soft. It has “Yin” properties; therefore it’s a superb oil for women to keep in their Essential Oil kit.

Since there are so many great benefits from the “oil of balance” I wanted to share some very useful recipes that you can incorporate into your Aromatherapy life.

Soothe the Skin: Use in the bath or massage on the body.
4 drops Geranium
2 drops Frankincense
1 Tbsp. Almond Oil

Peaceful Sleep: Add the following to the diffuser in your bedroom.
3 drops Geranium
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Orange

A Brush of Ahhh: To refresh your mind and/or intrigue your partner, add one drop to your hairbrush and brush into your hair.

Body powder– To feel beautiful and sensual mix the following in jar with a tight lid, and allow to sit for a day before using.
5 drops Geranium
2 drops Ylang Ylang
¼ cup Corn Starch or Arrow Root Powder

Chill Out Bath: Calm Irritability, sit back, relax and inhale. Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap + Apricot Carrier Oil (or any carrier oil of your choice)
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Tangerine
2 drops Lavender
1 tablespoon Apricot Carrier Oil

Balancing & Uplifting Massage & Body Oil: This makes an excellent massage oil to promote Geranium’s balancing properties while helping release overall tension. Mix the following in a 2 oz. amber glass bottle.
8 drops Geranium
6 drops Lavender
5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Grapefruit
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil or any carrier oil of your choice

Bye, Bye Baby Blues– A blend that can help moms cope with post-natal blues. Make a body oil by diluting in 2 oz. of your favorite carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. You may also use as a diffuser blend by mixing 2 drops of each.
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Orange

Anxiety Ease Blends– Use the formulas below as you wish in the bath, in your diffuser or as a massage oil.

Massage Oil – Dilute in 1 oz. carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. Gently massage over your pulse points, abdomen and behind your neck and shoulders.
3 drops Geranium
4 drops Clary Sage
7 drops Bergamot

Diffuser
3 drops Geranium
1 drop Clary Sage
3 drops Bergamot

Bath
Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap:

•4 drops Geranium
•4 drops Bergamot
•2 drops Clary Sage

Inner Peace – Diffuse in the air of a sense of calm and to promote happiness.
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Orange

Geranium is wonderful, isn’t it?! What do you like to do with it? Please let us know in the comment section down below.

DISCOVER WAYS TO RELAX WITH LAVENDER OIL

A RE-CAP OF LAVENDER OIL

Lavender Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. Though the positive effects of Lavender Oil are unseen in aromatherapy, they remain powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. Lavender Oil is famed for its ability to treat aches and pains regardless of whether they are experienced emotionally or physically. This article highlights a small element of possibilities that can be achieved with the advantages of Lavender Essential Oil.

    • When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil can relieve headaches and nausea, and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize stale air, fabrics, and body odors.

 

    • In a massage, Lavender Essential Oil effectively soothes many types of pain, both mental and physical. It boosts circulation, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens muscles.

 

    • In a bath, Lavender Essential Oil can soothe inflammation, cold symptoms, and stimulate the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties.

 

  • In cosmetics, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates cell regeneration, detoxifies pores, and relieves itchiness associated with dry skin.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A DIFFUSER: GET BETTER SLEEP

When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil’s soothing fragrance can relieve headaches and nausea and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize a room, linens, or the body. Its calming, sedative quality is known to promote rest and relaxation, helping it to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Although diffusing is now commonly associated with electric diffusers, homemade natural sprays and reed diffusers can also be used.

Both Chamomile and Lavender have scents that are considered relaxing. In fact, because Lavender also repelled bedbugs and lice, it was stuffed into special pockets that were sewn into nightcaps. These days, ‘dream pillows’ are often stuffed with Lavender, Chamomile, and Hops and can be tucked under pillowcases. The following is a recipe for a spray, which may be easier to make and use:

 


 

  1. LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLEND TO INDUCE SLEEP
Ingredient Amount
Chamomile Essential Oil 1 drop
Lavender Essential Oil 9 drops
Neroli / Vetiver Essential Oil 3 drops
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 2 drops

These oils can be used in a spray bottle, an electric diffuser, or in a reed diffuser; however, the water-to-oil ratios will vary, depending on the method of diffusion and the water capacity of the electric diffuser. Follow the instructions below is using a spray bottle.

 

Instructions

  1. Put oils into a small spray bottle and fill with 60 ml / 2 oz. distilled water.
  2. Shake the bottle to thoroughly combine the blend.
  3. Spray over the bed or onto pillows just before bedtime.

 

  1. LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLENDS TO IMPROVE SLEEP
Ingredient Amount
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 3 drops
Ingredient Amount
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 1 drop
Patchouli Essential Oil 1 drop
Ylang ylang Essential Oil 1 drop

 

Instructions

  1. Add the essential oil blends to an electric diffuser.

SOURCE: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A MASSAGE: RELIEVE STRESS & PAIN

Lavender Essential Oil can relieve various types of pain such as pain associated with improper digestion, wounds, bloating, muscle aches, joint pains, backaches, and sprains. Diluting it with a carrier oil and using it in a massage can stimulate the intestinal movement that prompts the gastric fluids required for proper digestion. This can help relieve stomach pain, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. Inhaling the aroma of a massage oil that is infused with the soothing scent of Lavender Essential Oil will also ease the emotional pain associated with stress and depression, allowing the user to also relax mentally.

 

  1. LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR STRESS RELIEF
Ingredients Amount
Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Avocado, or Grape Seed suggested) 7 t.
Bergamot Essential Oil 5 drops
Mandarin Essential Oil 4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil 3 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the essential oils inside a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage onto chest for comforting and penetrating warmth.

 

  1. LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR MUSCLE PAIN
Ingredients Amount
Carrier Oil 4 t.
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 2 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the essential oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage gently onto the body for pain relief.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN A BATH: RELIEVE STRESS AND COLD

When used in a bath, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties, which can combat the harmful effects of contaminants on the skin by inhibiting bacterial growth and reproduction. Inhaling the fragrance of bath water scented with Lavender Oil, which shows anti-inflammatory activity, can relieve inflammation that causes not only a sore body but also sinus pressure and headaches. Its decongestant and expectorant properties make Lavender Essential Oil beneficial for reducing or relieving respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and the flu. It does this by loosening phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat to facilitate their elimination. Its anti-bacterial activity fights respiratory infections and inflammation from ailments such as bronchitis, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

Adding Epsom salts to a bath boosts circulation, and relieves a tired and aching body of pain, joint inflammation, and abdominal cramps. Soaking in a salt bath with Lavender relieves tension in the body as well as tension headaches. Sore feet can also find relief from bathing in this therapeutic and stimulating combination that additionally helps detoxify the body and improve digestion.

 

  1. LAVENDER BATH BLEND FOR COLD AND PAIN RELIEF

 

Ingredient Amount
Carrier Oil (Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil suggested) 4 fl. oz. (125ml)
Lavender Essential Oil 10 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil 5 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil 1 drop

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Pour into a warm bath.
  3. Stir ingredients thoroughly into bath water.
  4. Soak in the bath.
  5. Store remaining oil in a cool, dark place outside of the bathroom, which can become humid.

 

  1. LAVENDER AND BATH SALT BLEND FOR BODY ACHES
Ingredient/Material Amount
10-by-10-inch square of muslin/cheesecloth/toe of nylon stocking 1
Lavender Buds 1 cup
Lavender Essential Oil 20 drops
String/Yarn Long enough to tie around a small pouch and hang from bathtub tub into the bathwater
Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt 1 cup
Baking Soda (Optional) ½ cup

 

Instructions

  1. Place Lavender buds in the center of cloth/toe of the stocking.
  2. Add the essential oil to the buds one drop at a time.
  3. Gather all the material to create a loose pouch and tie together with the string/yarn.
  4. Run the bath water and pour the salt and baking soda directly under the running water to ensure they dissolve.

USING LAVENDER OIL IN COSMETICS: SOOTHE INFLAMMATION AND ITCHING

Used in a moisturizing cosmetic product such as a cream, lotion, or even in a facial steam, Lavender Essential Oil detoxifies, unclogs, tones, and brightens the skin, relieves itching, and can help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In facial steams, the steam facilitates decongestion of the nasal passages caused by allergies, colds, or flu symptoms. The soothing and stimulating aroma not only reduces anxiety, fatigue, and stress but also leaves a cool, clean scent in the home.

By adding moisture to the skin, the cicatrizant properties of Lavender Essential Oil facilitate the soothing of skin that is in need of healing due to dryness, burns, cuts, scrapes, or other damage. Lavender Essential Oil also fights the look of aging by smoothing the look of wrinkles and boosting circulation, which nourishes and oxygenates the skin to keep it looking healthy and rejuvenated.

 

  1. LAVENDER BLEND FOR A FACIAL STEAM
Ingredient Amount
Distilled water 3 cups
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 3 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin.
  2. Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the essential oils to the water and stir.
  5. Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
  7. Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax.
  8. Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.

 

Lavender Essential Oil is known to effectively condition hair and control hair loss. This is due in part to its anti-depressant and sedative properties, which are beneficial for alleviating the stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia with which hair loss is commonly associated. By diluting Lavender Essential Oil in a natural shampoo and regularly massaging it into the scalp, the increased blood circulation will enhance hair growth, condition the hair, treat dandruff and lice, and strengthen hair while improving a negative mindset.

 

  1. LAVENDER AND SANDALWOOD CONDITIONING SHAMPOO
Ingredients Amount
Shampoo Base 100 ml
Sandalwood Essential Oil 10 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 6 drops
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 4 drops

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a clean, dark container.
  2. Use a small dab to lather hair, then rinse.
  3. Repeat, if necessary.
  4. Follow up with a conditioner or rinse.

 

  1. HERBS AND OILS FOR MORE BEAUTIFUL HAIR

Sometimes a little extra help is needed to keep hair beautiful, especially during harsh weather and times of stress. The following are some ideas to inspire self-pampering. Heavier oils can be cut with a bit of Glycerine if preferred.

 

Carrier Oils that have proven to be excellent for hot-oil treatments are:

  • Argan Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
  • Avocado Oil (for dry hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount of other oils or glycerine)
  • Calendula Herbal Oil
  • Coconut Oil (for greasy hair)
  • Jojoba Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
  • Oat Oil (for seborrhea – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)
  • Olive Oil (for dark hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)

 

Essential Oils that may be blended include:

  • Chamomile (for fine hair, and blonde hair)
  • Chilli (for hair loss)
  • Cinnamon Bark (for red and auburn hair)
  • Clove Bud (for auburn hair)
  • Lavender (for all hair types)
  • Rosemary (for dark hair, and thinning gray hair)
  • Sage (for dark hair)
  • Thyme (for dark hair)

 

Instructions

  1. Gently heat 4 T. of the chosen Carrier Oil.
  2. Remove from heat and add 30 drops of the chosen Essential Oil(s).
  3. Massage sparingly into dry hair, focusing especially on the ends. Massage into scalp, if it is very dry.
  4. Wrap hair with plastic wrap, then wrap over this with a towel.
  5. Leave in for at least 1 hour.
  6. Shampoo well, repeating if necessary, then condition as usual.
  7. If there is enough oil left for another treatment, store in a clean container and refrigerate.

 


A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

Chamomile Essential Oil: This oil can improve negative moods, which are commonly associated with sleeplessness. It’s soothing, sedative property promotes the relaxation required for a restful sleep state.

Neroli Essential Oil: Inhaling the alluring, relaxing, uplifting scent of this oil can reduce blood pressure, stress, and feelings of grief. It is known to effectively sedate body and mind to promote the onset of sleep.

Vetiver Essential Oil: The aroma of this warming, balancing oil has a grounding and sedative effect on the mind. This decreases obsessive, paranoid, phobic, and anger-induced tendencies. Vetiver is known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and to alleviate aches, pains, and general physical exhaustion. By doing this, it reduces stress and pressure in body and mind.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil: This essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds.

Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost blood circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, increased relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

Patchouli Essential Oil: Patchouli is a sedative oil that is known to relieve tension and uplift negative moods by stimulating the hormones responsible for experiencing pleasure. By relaxing the mind and body, it reduces symptoms of insomnia and promotes restful sleep, which results in improved metabolism and cognition.

Ylang ylang Essential Oil: This oil is thought to have a euphoric effect on the mood, which helps reduce nervous conditions such as anxiety, tension, and palpitations. It is known to reduce high blood pressure and, being beneficial for regulating rapid heartbeats and breathing, it reduces other negative emotions such as anger and frustration.

Sweet Almond Carrier Oil: This carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.

Avocado Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is an odorless healing oil that is silky to the touch and is easily absorbed by the skin. Its anti-wrinkle and regenerative properties prevent the early onset of visible signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated, nourished, elastic, and soft.

Grapeseed Carrier Oil: This is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Skin, being the largest organ, excretes the most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation.

Mandarin Essential Oil: This sedative oil relaxes the nerves and promotes feelings of calm, eliminating stress.

Lemongrass Essential Oil: This calming oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness, improving the length and quality of sleep.

Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

Rosemary Essential Oil: This analgesic and anti-inflammatory oil stimulate blood circulation, which is vital to managing pain and which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from the physical and mental efforts of the day, thus proving to have properties that combat depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.

Marjoram Essential Oil: This oil relieves pain and spasms associated with ailments such as cramps and pulled muscles. Its antiseptic property protects against viruses and fights against bacteria that make wounds septic, thus promoting faster healing. By stimulating circulation, it warms the body, helps reduce mucus and coughing, and relieves arthritis.

Cedarwood Essential Oil: This antiseptic oil helps the body combat harmful bacteria, and its expectorant properties can clear the respiratory tract by loosening the phlegm that causes congestion.

Steaming Water: Applying steam to the face increases circulation and perspiration, which cleanses the pores of dirt and removes dead skin cells. It plumps and firms skin cells to make the face look fresh and youthful.

Geranium Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

Sandalwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to clean and clear the scalp of dandruff while soothing the senses with its sedative fragrance. It stimulates hair growth and strengthens hair while adding moisture and enhancing its natural shine.

Massage Blends for Body Detoxifying

DETOXIFYING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Open an alternative health magazine, read the signs in the windows of a spa or health food store, check out the website of your local health practice – chances are you’ll see “Detoxifying” treatments offered – from foot baths to FAR infrared saunas, through to cleansing diets and aromatherapy massage. Every culture features traditional practices that help our human bodies detoxify – sweat lodges and saunas, cleansing fasts and herbal teas, hot springs and mud baths

These traditions build on the ways our bodies already work to detoxify. Our bodies continuously eliminate toxins through our digestive, urinary, integumentary (skin), circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. Traditional detoxification treatments are designed to enhance these built-in mechanisms. It seems that human beings have always sought out and devised ways to cleanse the body of unwanted by-products of foods, especially cooked and smoked foods, the remnants of stress and fatigue, occasional encounters with natural toxins, and sporadic bouts of deliberate intoxication such as that caused by fermented beverages and other substances such as narcotics.

We are designed to process toxins that are naturally occurring, but since the 20th century, human bodies are increasingly bombarded with new toxins from denatured foods and drinks, regular use of intoxicants such as alcohol, pesticides, cigarettes and herbicides, petroleum by-products, air, and water pollutants. Fatigue, constipation, gas, bad breath, low immunity, hormone imbalances, menstrual, menopausal and fertility problems, skin problems, poor circulation, mood swings, depression, frequent infections and mucus build-up all can be signs that the body needs extra help to detoxify.

Like herbs, essential oils can be potent plant helpers in the detoxification process. Traditions correctly identify detoxifying plants and quite a few appear regularly in our diets and folk remedies such as lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, ginger, bitter greens and hot peppers. Detoxifying foods need not be taken as essential oils; in fact, never ingest an essential oil unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. You can take a tablespoon of lemon juice in warm water each morning to help the liver detoxify, for instance, and it is neither necessary nor advisable to use a few drops of the essential oil instead.

The body eliminates up to 1 pound of waste products every day through the skin. It makes good sense to keep the skin open and able to release waste products efficiently. Perspiring has many functions, chief among them the elimination of waste, so it makes sense to exercise daily, use deodorants instead of antiperspirants and enjoy sauna and steam baths whenever you can. In fact, the body relies on a simple exercise like walking half an hour a day in order to circulate lymph in the lower half of the body. Brushing the skin of the whole body towards the heart from bottom to top is a simple practice that removes dead skin cells and increases lymphatic circulation. Using a salt or sugar scrub in the same way, then soaking in a bath in the dissolved scrub is also beneficial.

IN ESSENCE…

    • The body eliminates waste every day through the skin. Essential oils can be potent plant helpers in this detoxification process.
    • Tradition has correctly identified plants that yield detoxifying essential oils, including Lemon, Frankincense, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang.
    • The ancient rule of thumb – “as above, so below” – is a reference to the way in which botanicals that help dispel negative thoughts and emotions also help rid the body of toxins.
  • All citrus essential oils are detoxifying, but as a rule, none should be worn on the skin in daylight because they may be sun sensitizing.

(A FEW) DETOXIFYING ESSENTIAL OILS

    • Cypress: Cupressus sempervirens is diuretic, acting to tone the blood and lymphatic vessels, and decongest the lymph.
    • Lemon: Citrus limonum stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection and is effective against viruses like the ‘flu. Detoxifies through the blood and liver.
    • Grapefruit: Citrus racemosa is diuretic, antifungal and speeds up lymphatic circulation and the elimination of toxins. Detoxifies through the skin, urinary tract, liver, gallbladder and lymphatic system.
    • Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare dulce is diuretic, and aids digestion and elimination, expelling parasites. Detoxifies through the skin, kidneys and the digestive tract.
    • Fir Balsam: Abies balsamia is antiseptic, anti-cancer and detoxifies through the adrenal glands.
    • Frankincense: Boswellia carterii gently regenerates tissues and the nervous system through its relaxing effects.
    • Juniper Berry: Juniperus communis is antiviral, diuretic, and can help reduce cellulite by eliminating toxins from fatty tissues and expel uric acid from the system. Detoxifies through the kidneys, skin and urinary tract.
    • Palmarosa: Cymbopogon martini cleanses the digestive system at a cellular level. Detoxifies through the nervous and digestive systems.
    • Patchouli: Pogostemon cablin is known by tradition to act on the glands to detoxify skin and strengthen the immune system through its profound stress relieving properties.
    • Peppermint: Mentha piperita is powerful against infections and their toxic residues, but never use it in a bath or directly on mucous membranes. Detoxifies through the respiratory and digestive systems.
    • Rose: Rosa damascena is gentle and so relaxing that it is said to balance hormones and stimulate the immune system solely through its action against stress and its by-products.
    • Rose Geranium: Pelargonium odorantissium or graveolens enhances circulation, balances hormones especially in menopause, and fights yeast while protecting helpful bacteria. Detoxifies by toning the liver, pancreas, and spleen.
    • Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis increases circulation. Detoxifies the respiratory system and clears mucus.
  • Ylang Ylang: Cananga odorata is powerfully relaxing and detoxifies through the nervous and digestive systems.

A note about citrus essential oils: All are detoxifying, but as a rule, none should be worn on the skin in daylight because they may be sun sensitizing.

Remember the ancient rule of thumb “as above, so below” – botanicals that help rid the body of toxins also help dispel negative thoughts and emotions. Most importantly, take the opportunity of a self-directed detoxification program in order to thoroughly enjoy yourself – the taste of clean water, the textures, and colors of fresh foods, the satisfaction of moving the body, and the sensory delights of homemade essential oil treatments. When it comes to toxins, the rule is: Reduce, Relax, Refresh and Relish!

BODY DETOX BLEND

Use this blend to help detoxify your skin and body and reduce cellulite. Be careful when rinsing this off in the tub, as it can make things slippery!

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Juniper Berry Essential Oil 4 drops
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 drops
Angelica Root Essential Oil 2 drops
Carrier Oil of your choice 20 mL / 4 t.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Massage the targeted area with firm strokes to activate and encourage lymphatic circulation. You can also use a cellulite roller available at body-care shops.

TIPS:

  1. Use fractionated coconut as your carrier oil for a no-scent, no-stain option.
  2. You can blend a larger quantity and keep in a dark amber glass bottle to use as needed.

Caution: It is possible that these blends may cause sensitivities; their recommended use is in dilution (no more than 1 -3 drops for children, and 4-7 drops for an adult’s full-body treatment) and not as a replacement for traditional medicine.

 


 

    • Juniper Berry Essential Oil: This healing, calming oil is ideal for topical use to deal with skin-related problems such as acne, psoriasis, and infections in general.It is known to relieve the discomfort of arthritis as well as anxiety, nervous tension, and stress. It can help with hangovers and fluid retention while preventing cellulite formation.
    • Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil: This oil boosts immunity and helps the body protect itself from the harm caused by toxins by combatting free radicals that lead to signs of premature aging. It works to eliminate existing infections and defends the body against future infections.
    • Angelica Root Essential Oil: This oil is Diaphoretic, meaning it causes the user to sweat, which helps the body naturally rid itself of toxic elements and a buildup of waste while helping reduce blood pressure.
  • Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

DETOXIFYING MASSAGE OIL (5% ESSENTIAL OILS)

 

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Essential Oils

(Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Juniper Berry, and Cypress recommended)

30 drops in total

Approximately 4 drops of each oil

Carrier Oil

(such as Almond, Grape Seed, Sesame, or Hemp)

2 tbsp (30 mL)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the essential oils to the carrier oil.
  2. Mix in a glass bottle, and use ASAP.
  3. Select essential oils that you enjoy and that detoxify the systems of the body that you need to work on most urgently. Try new combinations without regard to convention, and switch blends every two weeks in order to maintain effectiveness and prevent sensitization.

 

    • Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Juniper Berry, and Cypress Essential Oils recommended): Lemon essential oil is renowned for being astringent, detoxifying, and antiseptic and for having anti-infection, disinfectant, and antifungal properties. It helps to cleanse, purify and nourish the skin while providing a sense of rejuvenation. Orange essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds. When externally applied, Lime essential oil can also be a remedy for skin infections.
  • Carrier Oil (such as Almond, Grapeseed, Sesame, or Hemp): Almond carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized. Grapeseed is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds, minimizing the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Skin, being the largest organ, excretes the most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation. Sesame essential oil is an excellent oil for helping with this process by eliminating environmental toxins from the body through the skin. Hemp carrier oil is another fast-absorbing oil that effectively balances and maintains the skin’s moisture, helping to prevent the look of aging by hydrating the skin. For this reason, it is beneficial for skin types that suffer from dryness caused by such afflictions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and minor abrasions. It is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, amino acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), protein and vitamin D that boosts calcium absorption.

Massage Blends for Stress Relief

IMPACT OF ESSENTIAL OILS ON MOOD

As our lives become faster in a world that is increasingly demanding and, for some, seemingly threatening, depression and anxiety is something many of us might experience at some point in our life. While depression and anxiety are nothing new, most of us can recognize the growing profile and prevalence of this psychological phenomenon in our modern world.

Whether we face a stressful period of our life, find ourselves unable to manage the general buildup of stress (whether from balancing work, family or relationships), or must confront a more severe and enduring emotional battle, most of us can relate to a moment in time when we find ourselves unable to cope with our day to day lives. But life is meant to be joyful, not filled with stress.

Today, we live in what many theorists refer to as “The Medicated State”, where psychiatry and neuropsychology (viewing depression and anxiety through the perspective of physical events in the brain that can be chemically manipulated) have increasingly ruled the day. This has been born with an emphasis on the evolution of science and technology on developing pharmaceutical drugs. It has become popular because of economic factors, seen as a practical alternative to other forms of psychology that are costly in both time and money (such as therapy, which is economically unviable for many people).

There are many natural ways to combat stress and actively control mood swings. There is no single solution, and even modern pharmaceuticals used in treating clinical depression and anxiety disorders must concede an element of subjectivity and individualism of psychological make-up and even the most popular psychoactive drugs have different effects on people and can work for some and not others. No one situation is the same, nor the mind that is affected by it. For many who have turned to natural solutions to combat mild stress and unhappiness, aromatherapy has provided a valuable tool, alongside exercise and a healthy diet.

Many aromatherapy treatments have long been heralded as a natural way of inducing states of calm. If you find yourself suffering extreme states of anxiety and depression, it is important to seek psychological or medical advice. But there are various ways that secrets of aromatherapists can be useful for mild and every-day stress and low mood; and even in conjunction with other treatments, it can provide one more method of finding a solution that works for you. Firstly, the oils may directly affect mood levels.

For feelings of unhappiness or low mood, it is a good idea to choose those which have been attributed to an uplifting effect, which may alter both mood and energy levels. These include:

  • Bergamot
  • Cypress
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STRESS RELIEF

Those who suffer from stress will battle increased neural activity, as our problems literally keep us awake. This can ironically lessen our ability to deal with the problems causing this stress, as we miss out on the restorative powers of deep sleep and suffer the physical and psychological consequences (increasing the feeling of being “burnt out”, or physically and emotionally pushed beyond one’s limits).

Those who are experiencing a period of unhappiness and low mood may also have interrupted sleep patterns because of serotonin – the natural brain chemical connected to our mood and feelings of well-being – plays a role in the regulation of sleep. When we are feeling low or unhappy, our serotonin levels have dropped; this shortage can, in turn, cause erratic sleep or insomnia.

Many aromatherapy treatments have long been heralded as a natural way of inducing states of calm and (therefore) sleep; so, whilst these oils do not directly address the chemical levels in the brain (as do anti-depressants and psycho-active medication), they can help other elements of our life that do (such as sleep).

There’s nothing more powerful to help us deal with our stress than to spend time relaxing and gathering ourselves in a state of calm with which to approach our busy lives. Oils for this include:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang

Beyond this, it is important to remember that smell is also a phenomenon that works emotionally on the basis of personal association. While these listed oils are thought to have properties that work on a more direct physical level, never underestimate the power of scent in terms of the connections we give them. A past client of mine once used raspberry oil because it reminded her of the raspberry bushes that lined her front porch where she would watch the sunset as a child. This subconscious association facilitated a powerful regression that gave her feelings of safety and well-being during trying times. Even though raspberry oil may not classically be seen as having any emotionally effective properties, her mind had created a powerful association that was entirely her own, and entirely effective. What’s more is that she had arrived at this realization after exploring her attraction to anything raspberry without her understanding the origins. Like many people, she had never given the origins of her personal penchants much thought. But when I asked her why she found herself drawn to the scent of raspberry whenever she was down (suggesting an obvious unconscious mechanism to create a happier space) she remembered her fond memories on the front porch of her parents’ farm. She soon purchased some raspberry essential oil, and to this day, I imagine uses it to comfort her whenever she feels overwhelmed by the day-to-day trials of her life.

So, never underestimate the power of smell! Referred to as Olfactory Psychology, this is an area still very much being explored by modern science, and it is generally conceded that the realm of scent is indeed a powerful but complicated world. Whilst depression and anxiety can – at the extreme end – be a largely physical phenomenon, for most of us, the stress and unhappiness we encounter and experience is still predominantly a problem that is psychodynamic (that is, connected to events in our lives and the context in which we deal with them), and each has a complex relationship between their psychological make-up, what has happened in their lives, what is currently happening and their ability to react and deal with the things that can cause us stress or bring our mood down. The scent and, most importantly, our associations with scent, plays a vital role in this, alongside a myriad of other components. It is a powerful and unique concept to remember when approaching the world of Aromatherapy – a world that may run even deeper than many think.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Aromatherapy has provided a natural solution to combat the consequences of the complex relationship between our stress and our psychological make-up.
    • Scent and, most importantly, our associations with scent, play a vital role in dealing with the things that can bring our mood down.
    • For feelings of stress and grief, it is a good idea to choose essential oils that are known to have an uplifting effect.
    • There’s nothing more powerful to help us deal with our stress than to spend time relaxing and gathering ourselves in a state of calm, for which there are ideal essential oils.
  • Aromatherapy can be a valuable tool for stress relief alongside exercise and a healthy diet.

STRESS RELIEVING BLEND

The following combination of essential oils helps to reduce stress and tension and their associated symptoms:

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Carrier Oil
(Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, or Grape Seed Oil recommended)
7 t.
Bergamot Essential Oil 5 drops
Mandarin Essential Oil 4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil 3 drops

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the essential oils.
  2. Dilute by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage onto chest for comforting and penetrating warmth.

 


 

    • Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, or Grape Seed Oil recommended): Avocado carrier oil is an odorless healing oil that is silky to the touch and easily absorbed by the skin. Its anti-wrinkle and regenerative properties prevent the early onset of visible signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated, nourished, elastic, and soft.

 

    • Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost blood circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

 

    • Mandarin Essential Oil: This sedative oil relaxes the nerves and promotes feelings of calm, eliminating stress and anxiety.

 

    • Lavender Essential Oil: This calming oil is a popular choice for those looking to relieve both emotional and physical stress ranging from sadness to headaches. Its soothing scent diminishes feelings of restlessness and exhaustion.

 

  • Lemongrass Essential Oil: This sedative oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness, improving the length and quality of sleep.

 


 

BERGAMOT AND GERANIUM MASSAGE BALM

The following is a recipe for a blend that can be used in an uplifting massage:

INGREDIENTS MEASURE
Cocoa Butter 15 g
Apricot Kernel Oil 85 ml
Bergamot Essential Oil 30 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 18 drops
Clary Sage Essential Oil 12 drops

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt the butter with the apricot kernel oil.
  2. Let it cool, then add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  3. Store in a clean container out of sunlight.

PRECAUTIONS:

  1. Do not use Bergamot before exposure to the sun.
  2. Avoid Geranium and Clary Sage oils during pregnancy.

 


 

    • Cocoa Butter: This moisturizer increases levels of endorphins and serotonin, providing a general emotional boost. The magnesium contained in the cacao is believed to prevent mood swings, and Phenylethylamine, which is a stimulant in the cacao, can lead to a keen sense of awareness, energy, and endurance.

 

    • Apricot Kernel Oil: This light, non-greasy, skin-softening oil is fast-absorbing and deeply penetrating. It soothes dry, irritated skin and locks in lasting moisture.

 

    • Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost blood circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

 

    • Geranium Essential Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

 

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil: This relaxing oil soothes nervous tension and reduces feelings of stress, boosting feelings of optimism. By relieving anxiety, it can help regulate sleep patterns and quality.

Practice of Aromatic Alchemy

When we approach an essential oil with concentration and mindfulness it begins to reveal hidden dimensions of beauty, power, and intelligence that are not ordinarily noticed. As we integrate these new perceptions into a greater awareness of our own physiological reactions to the plant’s essence, we begin to understand how we are deeply connected to all of life, specifically to the photosynthetic beings that give us nourishment and medicines. By exploring this biological unity through our own senses, we come to realize directly that the processes of life occurring in and around us are truly the expressions and manifestations of an underlying miraculous and profound consciousness, as so eloquently described by the language of Ayurveda. For that reason, we call this practice “Aromatic Alchemy.”

There are two basic ways to use essential oils with meditation practice. The first is to use the oils to enhance meditative states, and the second is to use meditation to study the oils. In this program, we use both these approaches, both separately and together.All of our senses can be used to support meditation, contemplation, and concentration. Music and mantra are used to relax and focus the mind and uplift consciousness through the sense of hearing. Inner visualization and concentration on external symbols use our visual sense. Massage, acupuncture, yoga and other physical therapies utilizing the sense of touch have always played an important role in supporting a spiritual practice. Diet, herbs and the sense of taste play crucial roles in helping nourish our meditation practice.

The use of fragrance in meditation, contemplation, and devotional practices is widespread in the form of incense and altar offerings. Many of the “sacred scents” such as frankincense, sandalwood, palo santo and agarwood that are used routinely in ceremonies and rituals now have documented research confirming their psychoactive properties as antidepressants, anxiolytics (anti-anxiety) and general mood enhancers.

However, the use of specific fragrances to enhance meditation and concentration is, in my opinion, underutilized. Because of the links among olfaction, the limbic system, and awareness, when botanical aromatics are used consciously and deliberately to support meditation practice, their effects become more powerful than when used superficially as a background fragrance. Likewise, a contemplative approach that reveals the inner dimensions of the plant consciousness responsible for creating the aromatic compounds is also lacking in most aromatherapy programs. Therefore, a meditation retreat that encourages us to become focused and attentive allows the mind to concentrate more deeply and thereby learn about the hidden dimensions within sensory phenomenon more effectively. This is how we use meditation to study botanical aromatic medicines.

The basic philosophy of this system of meditations and teachings is that there exist a biological unity and interrelatedness between the influences of sun and moon and the pranic intelligence of plants; the pranic intelligence of plants and their metabolism of environmental elements; the elements of the environment and the production of aromatic molecules within the plants; aromatic molecules and the human respiratory system; the respiratory system and the olfactory pathways; and the olfactory pathways and perception of fragrance within consciousness.

In other words, when we smell a botanical fragrance with deep concentration we are able to gradually perceive all these levels, because they are all present in the oil, both as molecular compounds and the cosmological energies they convey. In this way we can study not only the fragrance and its therapeutic effects but also the underlying elemental influences that were metabolized by the intelligence of the plant; ultimately, we can come face to face with the botanical intelligence itself. Through this practice of contemplative aromatherapy, we can develop an understanding of how human consciousness is inseparable from the processes of life within the biosphere and the greater cosmos.

THE SEVEN BEST WAYS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTH AND HEALING

1. INHALATIONS

This is the use of essential oils on the hot compress, in diffusers, or in hot water for inhalation. The standard dose is 10 drops.

*Caution: prolonged inhalation of concentrated essential oils can cause headaches, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and lethargy.

Benefits: Best for respiratory, sinus problems, and headaches.

2. BATHS

The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them first with salts or an emulsifier such as milk or sesame oil. Aromatic bath salts disperse the oils safely into the water while milk and sesame oil emulsify the essential oil so that it disperses. Without salts or an emulsifier, drops of essential oils will float on the water and then get directly on the skin. Combined with the heat of the water, this can cause dermo toxicity, especially if the oils are of a heating nature.

Recommended Herbs in the Bath: The oils that are generally considered mild and safe for bath are lavender oil, clary sage oil, rose oil, geranium oil, frankincense oil, sandalwood oil, eucalyptus oil, and conifers such as cedar oil, fir oil, pine oil, pinon pine essential oil, spruce oil, and juniper oil to name a few. A generally safe dose is 5 – 10 drops, mixed with 1/2 to 1 cup of salt or emulsifier.

Herbs to Avoid in Baths: Oils that should be avoided in the bath include spicy oils such as cinnamon oil, oregano oil, thyme oil, and tulsi; phototoxic oils such as citruses, especially bergamot oil, and those with specific irritant potential such as lemongrass oil.

Benefits: Aromatic baths are excellent for skin problems, circulatory problems, respiratory symptoms, stress, and nervous tension, insomnia, muscular, and menstrual pains.

*Caution: Overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Use only mild, non-irritating oils for baths, such as lavender oil and clary sage oil.

3. COMPRESSES

10 drops oil in 4 oz hot water. Soak cloth and wrap.

Benefits: Good for bruises, wounds, muscular aches and pains, dysmenorrhea, and skin problems.

4. FACIAL STEAM

1 – 5 drops of the hot water in a pot, cover head with a towel, steam face.

Benefits: Excellent for opening sinuses, headaches, and as a skin treatment.

5. MASSAGE

Pure essential oils are about 70 times more concentrated than the whole plant. Dilutions are typically 2% – 10%. For adults, a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12, 1% is generally safe. A 2.5% blend for a 1-ounce bottle of carrier oil is 15 drops of essential oil.

1% blend = 6 drops per oz
2% blend = 12 drops per oz
3% blend = 18 drops per oz
5% blend = 30 drops per oz
10% blend = 60 drops per oz

Floracopeia infuses oils of jasmine, neroli, rose and vanilla with marula oil for our different massage oil blends.

6. DIRECT PALM INHALATION

Caution: This method of use should only be done with oils that can be safely applied to the skin (see the toxicology and safety section below). Apply 1-2 drops of oil to the palms, rub together gently and inhale deeply. This is an excellent method of use for a quick and easy exposure to the antimicrobial and other therapeutic uses of essential oils.

7. DIFFUSERS

There are various types of diffusers on the market with different advantages and disadvantages.

CANDLE DIFFUSERS
Usually a heat resistant vessel for water and essential oils, and a heat resistant platform that holds the vessel over a small candle.

Advantages: Very simple to use; provides light background fragrancing.
Disadvantages: Does not produce strong concentration for therapeutic benefits.

ELECTRIC HEAT DIFFUSERS
Small absorbent pads are placed inside of a heating chamber with ventilation that allows the aromatic compounds to evaporate into the surrounding air.

Advantages: Easy to use; minimal maintenance; can diffuse thicker oils.
Disadvantages: Heat damages some aromatic compounds.

COOL AIR NEBULIZING DIFFUSERS
A system that uses air pressure generated by a compressing unit to vaporize the essential oils. A glass nebulizing bulb serves as a condenser, allowing only the finest particles of the essential oil to escape into the air.

Advantages: Strong diffusion maximizes therapeutic benefits in respiratory conditions.
Disadvantages: Diffusers need to be cleaned regularly. More viscous oils cannot be diffused (such as sandalwood oil or ylang-ylang oil).

Electric heat and cool air nebulizers can be purchased with timers to produce intermittent diffusion. This reduces the amount of oil consumed and prevents over-saturation in a room.

THE ABSORPTION AND EFFECTS OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Glandular
Essential oils probably exert their most powerful and direct pharmacological effects systemically via the blood supply to the brain. They also have an indirect effect via the olfactory nerve pathways into the brain. Essential oil fragrances are absorbed through blood circulation and nerve pathways from the sinuses into the central glands of the brain, which control emotional, neurological, and immunological functions.

Skin
Essential oils are absorbed in minute quantities through the skin, depending on the oil, dilution, and application (carrier oil, compress, etc). Many of the indications for specific oils include various skin conditions.

Respiratory
Essential oils are inhaled during treatment, which has a direct effect on the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Many essential oils are specific medicines for respiratory conditions.

Circulation
Many essential oils have beneficial effects on circulatory problems, both through dermal and respiratory absorption. These oils enhance the circulation stimulating effects of massage.