The beginnings of aromatherapy are shrouded in the myths of many great cultures, most notably in the Egyptian techniques of skin care, preservation and opulent incense filled rituals that marked significant events in the lives of the Pharaohs. Tri Nature’s aromatherapy quality oils are sourced from the very small percentage of essential oils that are specifically grown and extracted to meet with the stringent quality criteria required for oils used therapeutically. Whether they are wild crafted, plantation or organically grown, they must be extracted in the gentlest way possible from a specific plant part defined botanical species and particular genetic strain and produced without the use of herbicides or pesticides. They are guaranteed to be 100% pure and 100% naturally sourced with NO addition of blending with cheaper essential oils or synthetic oils. And you know what? They are amazing!
Do you or a member of your family have days where you feel stressed? I’m sure the answer is yes, as these days it seems to be just part of life. Essential oils are a great, drug free, alternative to alleviate the symptoms of stress. The oils vaporise readily when open. When we breathe in it is the vapour that flows into our olfactory glands and registers the aroma. Also the oils are easily absorbed into our bloodstream so that the affect is almost immediate. The research has been done and has shown that essential oils can change our mood as well as strengthen our immune system and emotional state. Aromatherapy works to maintain the health and balance of all the systems and organs of the body and assist them in fighting disease and eliminating toxins.
Oils that are great for stress and anxiety include:
- Ylang Ylang
- Clary Sage
Below are two recipes you can use:
- 2 Lavender
- 1 Cedarwood
- 2 Bergamot
- 2 Geranium
- 2 Bergamot
- 1 Ylang Ylang
Add these to your vaporiser or dispersant for eiter a bath or massage oil
2. relaxing bath
Incorporating aromatherapy into your daily life will be a highly pleasurable experience AND that’s just the bonus! By using essential oils in a bath, vaporiser or through massage you will provide a gentle and powerful means of restoring and maintaining the health and vitality of you and your loved ones.
Add an aromatherapy skin care range for even more benefits internally and externally. Would you love a luxurious therapeutic delight? Then make yourself an aromatic bath!
Before adding the oils to your bath, please use a dispersant. You can use milk or a manufactured dispersant such as the one available through Tri Nature which is vegetable based and also acts as a skin conditioner. Using oils without a dispersant can cause skin irritation.
Add 8-10 drops of oil with 5mls (1 teaspoon) of dispersant There are three main benefits of an oil bath. Relaxing; Oils absorption; Inhalation Don’t worry if you don’t have a bath. A foot bath is just as beneficial!
When we breathe in the oils, the vapours flow into our olfactory glands and register the aroma of the oil. Through inhalation essential oils have a number of therapeutic benefits.
- The sense of smell is linked to the oldest most primitive part of our brain that is connected to our emotions
- Some memories can only be recalled by smell
- Although still undervalued, we are now recognising the importance of smell for our mental life and well-being
team inhalation: A traditional method for easing and breaking up congestion caused by colds and flu. Add 5-10 drops of oil into a bowl of steaming water. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale for up to 5 minutes. Eyes should be kept closed! Steam inhalation is also used for facial steaming and can be effective for blocked pores. Direct Inhalation: apply 2-4 drops on a tissue and inhale as needed Eucalyptus helps with ease of breathing. Tea tree is a fabulous antiseptic and antibacterial. Lavender helps relieve symptoms from sinus pain such as stress, headaches, and sleeping disorders. Peppermint is great for headaches, stomach aches and car sickness
Have you ever had a massage? The first massage I ever had was in Bali when I was 18 – I was hooked! Since then, I have used massage when my children were sick, gently rubbing their feet with a tiny amount of essential oil in carrier oil. The ability to relax them and ease their symptoms was gratifying for me as so often there is nothing we can do when our little ones are sick. Massage is one of the most traditional ways of using essential oils. The benefits are physical, emotional and psychological. While some oils can be absorbed through the skin, the warmth of our bodies assists in all the oils vaporising and being inhaled. The massage itself can create a deeply emotional and physical experience and depending on the technique used can have extraordinary healing powers.
When blending oils for a massage it is important the person being treated likes the aroma of the oils being used. The whole idea is to relax the person and this will be greatly aided if the oils create a warm feeling.
- Reflexology is a gentle and relaxing therapy that helps to improve your health by working reflex points located on the hands and feet. These reflexes correspond to all the organs, joints and glands in the body. I can highly recommend Samantha from Pressure Point Reflexology
- A hand massage for someone who is sick, very young or elderly can make an enormous difference to their well-being. Particularly the elderly who may not often be touched, this can be extremely beneficial.
- Head and face massage. Incredible; amazing; fabulous
- A full body massage – if you have never experience one - go now, book one in, find out who others recommend and make a date today!
5. DILUTION RATES
When massaging someone, essential oils are always diluted into carrier oil. One I recommend is the Sweet Almond oil. It is gentle and works on all skin types and softens, soothes and conditions the skin. Other oils to use are Apricot kernel oil and Jojoba oil.
- General massage ages 12-65 10 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Sensitive Skin 4 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Babies 1-2 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Age 1-3 2 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Age 4-5 4 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Age 6-11 6 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Elderly 65+ 5 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Pregnant 4 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- Facial 4 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil
- A concentrated massage for joint and muscle 12-16 drops oil to 20mls carrier oil.