After the winter, many people can feel sluggish and perhaps be overweight. This can be a good time to use refreshing essential oils that also help to aid digestion. Among others, choose from fennel, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin and orange - most of these are citrus oils, which have an uplifting, stimulating quality.
On the emotional level, several essences have quite remarkable effects in helping to keep our moods in balance. The best anti-depressant oil is undoubtedly bergamot, and this can be used to ward off low vitality at times of stress and depression. A note of caution though - bergamot increases sensitivity to the sun, so do not overuse before exposure to bright sunlight.
Otehr mood elevators are neroli(or orange blosom), jasmine, melissa and rose. All of these particular oils are very expensive to produce, and this in itself gives a feeling of luxurious pampering whe using them.
Run a warm bath and ensure the door and windows are closed. When the tub is sufficiently filled, add up to 10 drops of essential oil to the water, circulating it throughout. As the oil is moved, the scent will rise with the steam of the water. Now get in, take your time, and enjoy the wonderful aroma while you soak!
Recipe for a Relaxing and Calming Bath:
- 2 drops Lavender 2 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Cedarwood
Recipe to relieve Nervousness:
- 6 drops Geranium
- 4 drops Basil
Recipe for Insomnia:
- 4 drops Chamomile 2 drops Lavender 2 drops Neroli
- 2 drops Marjoram
Recipe for an Energizing Bath:
- 3 drops Rosemary 2 drops Lemon
- 2 drops Frankincense
A Soothing Foot Bath
For tired, sore, worn out feet, the aromatherapy foot bath provides great relief! Fill a container (big enough to house both of your feet) with very warm water and add a few drops of essential oil.
Recipe for aching feet