October 31, 2011

Essential oils for Fall Season

The fundamental basis of the practice of aromatherapy is essential oils which can be used to help heal, relax and balance your body, mind and hormones but which of these concentrated natural oils are best suited to the fall season?

At this time of year, it is best to look out for plant derived oils which will hydrate and protect your delicate skin from the harsh elements.

Essential oils should always be used externally but, to feel better from the inside, try drinking some Earl Grey tea which is infused with bergamot when you wake up.

For homemade skin care products, lavender, roman chamomile, carrot seed, sweet orange and palmarosa either on their own or blended together for various purposes including:

Massage - add a drop or two to some oil and rub into tired bodies to relax and unwind,

As a sleep aid - the most common method is to put a drop on your pillowcase which will envelop you and help send you into a peaceful slumber,

For inhalation in a diffuser - to create a fragrant peaceful atmosphere in your home or

In the bath - add fours drops of any one or two of the aforementioned oils with one tablespoon of Epsom salts or milk and then add to warm running water as you fill the bathtub.

Because essential oils tend to come concentrated and may be too strong for sensitive skin, it is advisable that the oil is diluted with a vegetable based carrier oil before use.

Carrier oils, which derive from the seeds, kernels or nuts of a plant, carry natural essential oils as well so this will have a double benefit and the best carriers to use are jojoba or rosehip oil for the face and coconut or sweet almond oil for the body.

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