Aromatherapy is certainly nothing new to humankind, it’s been known for millennia and used throughout different cultures around the world, from ancient Egypt to China. Of course, at the time people didn’t have medical services available as we do today, however there’s no denying essential oils extracted from plants have their benefits and the ancient people knew this very well.
Apart from proving to be useful with relieving aches and pains, treating irritations, they’re helpful with improving one’s sleep, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacteria, colds and the flu (at least some oils that have anti-bacterial properties), including improving the mood so it’s safe to say they’re great for the health and well-being.
If you still haven’t made aromatherapy part of your life, and you want to, it’s as easy as buying your own essential oils or taking it a step further and getting essential oil starter kits to reap the benefits.
What’s great about such kits is the fact you have the freedom to create your own natural products, have fun mixing and matching carrier oils, individual oils, plus accessories (e.g. books, stickers, diffuser tree ornaments) and storage boxes. Need we say they also make the perfect gifts for loved ones?
We know how mesmerising the benefits can be, especially if you’re eager to try various oils be it in your bath, for a relaxing massage or with diffusers, however, it’s important to have in mind not every oil is created equal; while there are pure organic oils that can truly make a difference in your day to day life, there are countless others that are in fact full of synthetic substances.
This means not all oils you come across or see as “pure” are actually going to be such, so to be able to make the best purchase, protect yourself and your family, more so if you intend to apply some oils to a baby’s delicate skin, you’d have to pay attention to the ingredients.
Along with this, don’t forget to carefully read the instructions once you’ve purchased your 100% pure oils, in order to find out how to properly use them, and if necessary, combine them with the suitable carrier oils. In case you opt for essential oil starter kits, it’s advisable to get to know something more about the different oils, i.e. how many drops, what they’re ideal for, and which oils you can blend them with to create your own mixes at home.
Get your DIY on!
Other than adding a few drops in your bath, applying them on your skin for massage or diffusing them, you could take your essential oil use up a notch and create your own products, from shampoos and soaps to perfumes and air fresheners.
Here’s a suggestion for a perfume you can use on your hair too, when you want to give it some beautiful scent instead of having to wash it every day. What you’d need is to choose an essential oil starter kit with top note oil, like lavender or lemongrass, a middle note in the likes of thyme or jasmine, and lastly, a base note like myrrh or sandalwood. As soon as you’ve made your choice on the scents, it’s time to do the mixing.
Get a small glass bottle from previous perfumes you’ve already used up (mind you though, clean it thoroughly prior to applying the ingredients!), fill it up with filtered water, and add the blend of essential oils, more than ten drops if you want more of the lovely scent, and shake it up. In case you want to have a perfume that also moisturises your hair well, you could throw in some aloe vera to the mixture too.
When you start applying aromatherapy in your life, whether for relaxation or treating some ailments, the more you get to know the different types of oils, the more you’d get creative and find other ways to implement them in your lifestyle.
For instance, tea tree oil is perfect as an ingredient in cleaning solutions because of its purifying properties, so if you wish to ditch the chemicals you usually buy in supermarkets, you can create your own homemade products with a dash of tea tree, or if you’d like to get a fresh scent, use citrus oils instead.
What’s amazing about the citrus scents is the way they affect your mood too, energising you, filling you up with pleasant feelings so consider that as a bonus. Tea tree on the other hand could also be used in soaps, spicing up your showers, or even toothpastes. For anyone having insect trouble, the answer lies in eucalyptus oil, and for those of you needing some muscle tension relief, that’s what peppermint oil is for.
Other than filling up your home with refreshing scents, relying on aromatherapy can boost your happiness, improve your health and well-being, that is as long as you pick the right oils, so why not give it a try.