Creating a Grounded Mind and Home with Aromatherapy
We’re in Love with Essential Oils. Here’s Why!
Our sense of smell is directly connected to our nervous system. This means that the simple act of breathing in can have an immediate effect on our wellbeing. Considering this sensory superhighway to our central nervous system is in play, it’s no surprise that the use of essential oils is on the rise. Though the term “aromatherapy” wasn’t coined until the 20th century, ancient cultures as far back as 10,000 BCE used essential oils to scent baths, make perfumes and soften skin. Most cultures still revere essential oils with great honor, believing they hold healing and spiritual powers. Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic essences of leaves, stems, roots, peels and flowers. Most are extracted using steam distillation or expeller pressing (talk about freshly squeezed!). Perhaps the easiest and most popular way to use them is through a diffuser. These machines vary in size and price and can utilize heat, water, fans or ultrasonic vibration to diffuse essential oils.
Enhance Your Home
Some other ways to use essential oils include adding them to an unscented lotion, body wash or body oil and creating your own custom natural scent. You can add a few drops to your shower floor and voila—you’ve got your own private spa! A couple drops of peppermint on a cool washcloth can help soothe an achy head.
What to Watch For
Always look at the ingredients on bottles of essential oils: 100% pure essential oils will only contain the names of plants and will never use the words “fragrance” or “perfume.” Head out to your local natural retailer, open up some little bottles of nature and see which oils you’re drawn to… Your nose knows!
Lavender Lullaby Pillow Spray
Empty 4 oz spray bottle
2.5 oz distilled water
1 oz vodka (this will strengthen the scent and help to keep this spray fresh)
20 drops Everyone Lavender Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients into your spray bottle and give it a good shake before each use. Spritz pillows, linens, curtains, anything that could use a refreshing boost!
Everyone™ is a California-based manufacturer of natural, affordable personal care products made with plant extracts and pure essential oils.