Tips ~ Enjoy Essential Oil Aromas from Morning to Evening

11:56 AM Posted by jo

Here are some ideas on how you can add aroma throughout the day to fully enjoy your day.

When you wake up

For an invigorating kick in the morning, use a blend of peppermint and mandarin (or tangerine or grapefruit. Diffuse or add to shampoo, lotion or shower gel. You can also add a couple of drops to a wash cloth and use in the shower. Peppermint can irritate the skin so dilute well and mandarin is phototoxic so don't apply to skin before sun exposure.

When you get to work

Once you get to work in can be a good idea to activate the brain. Rosemary is often called the ginko biloba of the west.  Rosemary has historically been known to influence memory and efficiency. Add it to a diffuser, apply a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale, inhale straight from the bottle, or mix with massage oil and add to a roll-on bottle. Make sure you ask your co-workers before you add any oils to a diffuser. Avoid rosemary if you have high blood pressure, asthma or epilepsy.

After lunch

Many feel tired after lunch, perhaps even little bloated, especially if the lunch was ingested too quickly. Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is an antispasmodic and it is also known as the decision maker. According to the Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, for mental fatigue - inhale basil first, and then apply to the crown of the head, the forehead, the heart and the navel.
Dilute basil well before you apply to the skin and consult a health care practitioner if you suffer from high blood pressure. It should be used with caution in high blood pressure.

After work

Many are tired after work. Diffusing lavender is said to help you let go of things that happened at work or during the day. Lavender is cleansing and balancing. Bergamot is another useful oil which is soothing and healing.

When you want to sleep

Marjoram and orange are said to influence the central nervous system so psychological and physiological cramps are relaxed.  These oils help tense muscles and thoughts to relax. Avoid marjoram if you have asthma and low blood pressure.

When you want to add some romance

Ylang ylang, jasmine and sandalwood can be very useful if your rather snuggle with your partner than go to sleep.

These are just some ideas. Be creative how you use your oils throughout the day, I like to add a roll on top to my bottles, mix my own blends and add to a roll on bottle and bring with me in my purse when I leave my house.

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Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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Gary Young, ND (2006). Essential Oils, Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing
Hälsa. Nr 10. Oktober 2003

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