Aromatherapy is an easy and inexpensive way to bring the healing powers of plants into your home. These oils are extremely concentrated, so always remember that a little goes a long way, and do not ingest the oils.
Here are some of the best methods for using aromatherapy:
Diffuse. You can add a few drops of your favorite oil (or a blend) to a plug-in aromatherapy diffuser, or do it the old-fashioned way and add 3 to 6 drops of oil into a pan of gently simmering water on the stove.
DIY massage oil. For adults: add 10 drops essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil (such as almond, avocado, olive, jojoba, sesame, or grape seed). Blend well and use as a body or massage oil. For babies and pregnant women, use only 5 drops essential oil.
Bath. Use the massage oil recipe above, and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the oil blend per bath. (For babies, use only a few drops of the blend in the bath.)
Spritz the air. Make your own aromatherapy spray by adding 20 drops of essential oil to 2 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Anxiety: Basil, jasmine, lavender, neroli, bergamot, geranium, marjoram
Focus: Basil, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, patchouli, vetiver, frankincense
Relaxation: Lavender, clary sage, sandalwood, bergamot, chamomile, lemon verbena, rose
Fatigue: Lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, black pepper, cinnamon, clove
DIY Clay Essential Oil Ornament
Looking for a fun craft to do with your kids? Try this easy project to scent your car, playroom, closet or bathroom.
- Use non-firing clay (such as Dry-Hard Self-Hardening Clay, available for $9 on Amazon) to create your ornament.
- Shape clay into fun shapes using cookie cutters, or roll clay into balls and flatten to create a disc shape.
- Add a hole at the top for hanging.
- Allow to dry thoroughly, according to package directions.
- Apply 8 drops of your favorite essential oil (or an oil blend) to the ornament, and hang in desired location.
- Add more essential oil every few weeks as scent fades.