Aromatherapy Basics for Your Home

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.

Oil Primer

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.

  1. Use non-firing clay (such as Dry-Hard Self-Hardening Clay, available for $9 on Amazon) to create your ornament.
  2. Shape clay into fun shapes using cookie cutters, or roll clay into balls and flatten to create a disc shape.
  3. Add a hole at the top for hanging.
  4. Allow to dry thoroughly, according to package directions.
  5. Apply 8 drops of your favorite essential oil (or an oil blend) to the ornament, and hang in desired location.
  6. Add more essential oil every few weeks as scent fades.
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