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Aromatherapy: Do it Yourself Easy

Aromatherapy is a great way to promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Practiced for centuries, it harnesses the natural oils from plants and formulates them to work in harmony with the body, cultivating a sense of well being. It’s not limited to the spas and massage parlors; you can use aromatherapy in the comfort and privacy of your own bathroom! There is no better way to isolate the mind and soul from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here’s how!

 

Picking a scent

Before starting your own aromatherapy session, there is the matter of choosing your essential oils. The oils you select will affect your body and nervous system differently when inhaled. You can use singular scents or craft a blend that caters to your own personal taste.

Here’s a general idea of some scents and what they are good for:

Relaxation: Lavender, Basil, Chamomile, and Sandalwood

Clarity: Rosemary and Eucalyptus

Muscle Soreness: Peppermint, Lavender, Clary Sage, and Ginger

Energy: Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus

 

Using the essential oils

Now that you have chosen your preferred scent, you’ll need to know how to disperse and diffuse it.

 

Diffusers

 

For a more ambient coat of aromatherapy, try using an electric diffuser which is a small simple device that infuses air with the scent of the essential oils. It is a faster way of saturating the ambient air and only requires a few minutes of running time to get the full effect. Most diffusers also come in beautiful designs which make them great decor pieces for the bathroom as well.

Alternatively, a more low tech solution is to use a reed diffuser which is less pricey. This method entails uses rattan reeds to wick the scent into the air and can last up to a month. They are a passive solution, so it does not harbour the fire or electrical risks, all while maintaining a constant scent in a room.

 

Soaps

 

Another simple way to indulge in aromatherapy is to buy soaps infused with essential oils, which give off the same scent while you clean yourself. These aromatherapy soaps might also have certain herbs and plant matter mixed in, which can help with improving skin. They also make great gifts for family and friends, especially those from boutique shops that are handmade with natural ingredients.

 

Baths

There is no better way to end the day than by slipping into a warm tub of water that smells of lavender and chamomile. Just add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil into a carrier substance such as jojoba or full fat milk and let it infuse with the water to give you the sufficient therapeutic benefits.

After that, just submerge yourself and relax in the bath for at least half an hour to get the full effect of aromatherapy. You can even use the time to catch up on a good book or contemplate the meaning of life and existence.