Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from herbs and plants as a technique to care for the body. Essential oils can be used for their aromas and can be applied to soften the skin and penetrate the skin pores. This therapy restores the nervous system and leaves one in a highly relaxing state.
+ Essential oils can be used in order to balance physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms. Their aromas affect the sense of smell while smoothly penetrating through your skin and revitalizing your nervous system. Essential oils can be added to baths, salves and used in massages to relieve tiredness and other ailments. We have put together a list of Essential oils from A to Z, on page 47. Following the list are several recipes for home treatments against fatigue.
ANGELICA TO CLEAR THE MIND
Wherever you study, read or meditate prepare an aromatherapy clay pot with 3-5 drops of angelica essential oil to improve your concentration. This oil can be even more potent when mixed with patchouli.
Add 10 drops of angelica oil to a warm bath and soak away. This aroma gives a sense of confidence and balances the mind. It is recommended to use this therapy when you have to make an important decision.
Sleepy bath: dilute 10 drops of this essential oil to a filled bath tub. After soaking you will feel calm and relief from tensions and tiredness.
Place an opened bottle of juniper oil close to your face and leave it there for a few minutes while you continue breathing normally to absorb the aroma. Next, place the bottle close to the solar plexus, continuing to breathe. Immediately you will feel energized and your mood will improve.
Dilute 10 drops of essential oil of juniper to a bathtub. In addition, add 3 or 4 drops of essential oil of mandarin or camomile, to help you recover from sleepiness or mental exhaustion.
EUCALYPTUS TO CLEAN YOUR BODY AND YOUR HOME
This essential oil can be used to relax or purify spaces where you've had arguments or experienced stress. Prepare a spray bottle with 10 drops of eucalyptus oil and 2 cups of spring water. Spray the room and your face with this aromatic water.
GINGER CALMING MASSAGES
Essential oil of ginger is very effective to relieve tension when used in massages. This oil has very potent properties that stimulate the blood flow. It should always be diluted because it can irritate the skin. Its sedative effect can calm sore muscles caused by fatigue; to treat achy muscles massage a few drops directly onto the sore area.
LIMONCELLO OR LEMON HERB TO REST AT NIGHT
At night, dilute 4 drops of lemon oil in an aromatherapy clay pot, to recover from an exhausting day and to help relax and enjoy evening activities like reading.
LEMON TO IMPROVE STUDY
Dilute a few drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle with a small amount of water and spray the room where you are going to read or study. This aroma can improve your concentration.
ROMAN CAMOMILE RESTFUL BALM
Dilute a few drops of camomile with a bit of water and moisten linen cloths to use as compresses for sore or fatigued muscles.
Add a few drops of camomile oil to a warm bath, soaking in this fragranced water will help you get away from your worries and rest.
FOR YOUR FEET
Apply pressure to reflexology points on your feet, using essential oil of camomile. This will relax and calm your spirit, helping to change your mood.
Add a few drops of essential oil of camomile in a small bottle with sweet almond oil and use for back and abdominal massages. This therapy is great for when you are feeling oversensitive; this oil is ideal for fighting against insomnia and anxiety.
This oil is useful if you work at home. It's advised to “purify” the energy that charges the room, which can interfere with rest. Dilute a few drops of niauli oil in a spray bottle with water and spray the room. This essence lifts up your spirits and energizes. Because it's a strong fragrance, you may want to mix a few drops of geranium oil, which stimulates positive thinking.
PINE VAPORS TO FIGHT FATIGUE
Add 7 drops of pine essence to 2 cups of hot water. Put a towel over your head and tilt your head over the bowel and inhale for 15 minutes.
Warning. Before using this oil it's best to test your sensitivity, applying a small amount on your skin and leaving it for 15 minutes to make sure it doesn't irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Formulas to pick you up
Use a clay pot in a room you can relax in after a strenuous day at work. Here are two of the most efficient formulas:
- • 3 drops of lemon, 3 drops of orange, 4 drops of bergamot.
- • 3 drops of lavender, 4 drops of cedar, 3 drops of orange.
Fresh pine makes us think of the mountains. Add a few drops to a clay pot for aromatherapy; sit or lie down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and visualize a forest. This essence evokes a sense of peace and erases daily exhaustion.
Aromatherapy clay pots shouldn't be used for more than two hours, because prolonged exposure to fragrance can cause headaches or neutralize the therapeutic effect of each essential oil.
ROSEMARY MOTIVATING BATH
This herb has gently euphoric properties, indicated in cases of psychological problems for those who feel disappointed or unable to achieve their objectives. Add a cup of rosemary infusion to a warm bath. You will feel energized and optimistic.
VIGORIZING CLARY SAGE
Draw up a warm bath, add a few drops of clary sage essence and soak in the bath no longer than 15 minutes.
Clary sage produces a sense of euphoria and calms anxiety. Because this bath therapy can make it difficult to concentrate, you shouldn't drive afterward. It's best to use clary sage before going to bed, because it can induce sleep.
REVITALIZING CLARY SAGE
Add a few drops of sage essential oil to a warm bath. This oil can be used for cases of extreme exhaustion, when the body feels fatigued and sore. In Chinese medicine this herb is known as a yin tonic, because it calms and at the same time stimulates the nervous system.