Try any of these essential oils uses to affect mood, attitude and emotions
Essential oils were first used for healing since the beginning of time with the ancient Egyptians and many references are made in the Bible using them for anointing, embalming, mood enhancement and to relieve negative emotions.Credit: istockphoto.com
Essential oils are rich, fragrant natural extracts from assorted trees, seeds, leaves, stems, shrubs, bushes and flowers from all over the world that are used more than ever for their potent scents. Learn how to use these highly scented extracts to affect mood, attitude and emotions with these easy to follow tips.
Things You'll Need:
Pure Essential Oils
Essential oil burner
Aromatherapy massage oil
Use an oil burner to burn essential oils
Place 7-8 drops of Ylang Ylang, orange, lavender, clove, peppermint essential oil or any other favorite scented oil in an oil burner with a tea light candle underneath. Light the candle and allow the scent to fill the room to help create peaceful surroundings, clean the air as many essential oils have germ killing properties and help to reduce stress. Essential oils can be used in this way along with meditation and many therapy offices use this practice to help patients relax. Blow the candle out as oil evaporates or add more always keeping an eye on it for safety.
Use essential oils for a positive attitude
Add a few drops of lavender or any other favorite scent to a spray bottle filled with distilled water. Lightly spray linens an hour before bed to assist with problems from insomnia, headaches and to reduce stress from an overworked day.
Use essentials to improve mood
Carry a bottle of orange essentials with you in your purse or briefcase, remove lid and smell for a few seconds as needed throughout the day to gain the benefit of aromatherapy. The sweet scent of orange, lemon or lime will help to remind you of the sunshine, citrus trees and will help to uplift mood. You know you're smiling already just thinking about doing this!
Use 4-5 drops of lavender pure essentials or rose in the bath (agitate water and oil before entering bathtub) any time to reduce tension, relieve insomnia, stress and anxiety. Soak for at least 10 minutes for the most benefit and feeling of overall well being. The scent is relaxing and will help to soothe and soften dry itchy skin.
Place essential oils in bathtub for relaxation
Keep an aromatherapy body massage oil on hand in any favorite scent such as orange, lavender, ylang ylang or other. Ask your partner to use it for a back massage and then also return the favor! Not only will any sore muscles be relieved, but the skin will be more moisturized while tension, insomnia and headaches will be much improved.
Use a daily aromatherapy body lotion with natural antioxidants on arms, legs and midsection. This will rehydrate dry, rough, flaky skin as well as protect the skin from the damaging effects of the environment. The better you look and feel, a more improved and happy attitude will follow.
Use for Cleaning supplies
Adding a few drops of your favorite essentials to distilled water can help you to eliminate chemicals in your household since the oils have antiseptic and anti fungal properties. Your home can be cleaner and smell better without the use of harmful chemicals.
Tips & Warnings
Aromatherapy oils and lotions are best suited for the body and not the face.
Many people have been able to stop smoking by inhaling pure aromatherapy when they want a cigarette and it could help you to cut down or quit too.
Never leave an unattended candle burning which could cause a fire.
Refrain from using any aromatherapy oils or lotions containing chemicals, look for pure aromatherapy oils for the best benefits.
Store your scented extracts in containers in a temperate, dry place.
Aromatherapy is not a substitute for medical attention, if needed for pain, anxiety or persistent insomnia consult a medical professional.
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