Aromatherapy for Healing and Relief: 101
I literally love my aromatherapy. I couldn’t love it more. I have an expansive set of essential oils for various ailments, and I want more. I want them all.
Here’s a basic rundown of what’s in my kit, and what I use them for…
A wooden aromatherapy diffuser.
I have this diffuser and I am in love with it. It lasts for ages and lets off a glorious, aromatherapy steam. You can also customise the lights! My favourite combinations to put into it are:
10 drops lemongrass, 10 drops peppermint, 2 drops orange (this smells kind of like fresh day spa)
10 drops lavender, 10 drops rosemary and 2 drops bergamot (this is a lush, gentle sleepy time mix)
10 drops cinnamon, 4 drops bergamot, 4 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Ylang Ylang (this is just sexy and spicy and gorgeous).
This diffuser also works if you are feeling fluey – just pile in some Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. Migraine? PEPPERMINT. Stressed? Lavender mix as above. You can mix and match and play around with the combinations until you find the one you love. I’ve even got Jessie hooked on it.
A person in a white dress touches a field of lavender. Two bottles of lavender sit next to them.
Good Essential Oils
A set of 12 essential oils has the best mix you could ask for if you’re starting out. I keep this one at the office. You can literally find a remedy for anything in here, and it’s really reasonably priced for such a large set. Once you find your favourites, you can always buy them in bigger sizes (I have a gigantic peppermint, for example). If you can, try to get 100% pure organic essential oils, but don’t worry if that’s a bit pricey for now. Get what you can.
Carrier oils are really important if you want to dip your toe into making your own cosmetics and oils. I use Sweet Almond Oil for a lot of things – face oil (add 1 drop of something like lemongrass or lavender – steer clear of peppermint, it stings the eyes), for example. Or, if like me, you have some issues with your reproductive system, like menstrual cramps or fibroids, drop in a couple of drops of Clary Sage into a palmful of S.A.O. and massage it into your abdomen. I swear, it helps.
Peppermint Oil: The Big Hack
A glass bottle of oil with cut leaves of fresh peppermint next to it.
For the biggie, and the trick that for me has converted loads of people – it’s the Migraine Peppermint Oil hack. You know those migraines that will not f*ck off, no matter how much you rest, sit in the dark and take medication? Right. Take a few drops of pure peppermint oil into your palm and rub the hands together. Then we’re going to make a kind of triangle shape out of our hands to cover the nose and the mouth. Gently, inhale and exhale, taking that peppermint oil in nice and deep. Keep breathing like this for a good 5-10 minutes if you can. I can’t speak for science, but this is the only thing that will work for me when those f*cking migraines kick in and won’t leave you alone to get on with manifesting what you want in life. Buy this one in bulk, witches. You’re going to love it.
A person with red lipstick is laying in a milk bath with flowers in it.
Finally, the BATH trick. Feeling stressed? Back pain? Period pain? Anxious? We’re going to take an aromatherapy bath.
STRESS: Lavender, rosemary, bergamot, maybe some Ylang Ylang.
MENSTRUAL PAIN: Clary Sage and rosemary
BACK PAIN: Cinnamon
STRESS 2: Frankincense, cinnamon, sandalwood.
Just play around with how much you put in – my bath doesn’t fill up very high so I find 10 drops total is enough when using a pure essential oil.
There are loads more things we can do with essential oils, and we’ll come to them later. But for now, enjoy the beginnings of your fresh-smelling, fragrant journey.
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