Aromatherapy Blends for your Oil Burner or Diffuser
Aromatherapy is a healing tool that uses aromatic ingredients from plants to improve health and well-being. These aromatic ingredients are called essential oils and may come from herbs, flowers, fruits, barks and even the roots and resins of trees. Believed to be the life force of plants, these essential oils contain complex chemicals, including ketones, terpenes, esters and alcohols, amongst many others, that are capable of helping us achieve balance, health and harmony in our lives.
One of my favourite ways of using essential oils is by simply placing some drops into an oil burner or diffuser. Through this process the oils are gently released, filling the space with their wonderful healing and nurturing properties. As we inhale the droplets it is estimated to take only 22 seconds for essential oil molecules to reach the brain and only 2 minutes to reach the bloodstream, where they are able to impart their many therapeutic benefits. In particular, essential oil droplets affect our limbic system, which mediates and controls our emotions and memories. In this way essential oils can be a wonderful and simple tool to help us to support our wellbeing.
The cooler months of the year, when we are often spending more time indoors, are a perfect time to replenish and nourish our energies, as well as our emotions, with diffused essential oils able to support that process.
Below are some blends I particularly like to use in winter which you may like to try:
Winter warmth blend
A blend to support and nurture and create a cosy, warm atmosphere:
3 drops of Cinnamon
3 drops of Sweet Orange
A blend to cleanse and freshen your space, using oils with known anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, to support your overall well-being:
2 drops of Tea Tree
2 drops of Eucalyptus
2 drops of Lavender
A blend to help calm and nurture, a balancing blend perfect for when we wish to relax.
2 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Marjoram
2 drops of Chamomile
A blend to use when you need to work, study or focus quietly on an activity. This blend can also help clear our minds and thinking.
3 drops of Rosemary
2 drops of Lemon
1 drop of Basil
A blend to support meditation and introspection, for those times we wish to sit in stillness and inwardly connect.
2 drops of Frankincense
2 drops of Rosewood
2 drops of Geranium
In general, it is recommended using 100% pure essential oils in your blends to ensure you will receive the full therapeutic benefit. Reputable oil brands and burners/diffusers are usually widely available at most health food shops and pharmacies. A maximum of 6 drops is advised to add to your oil burner or diffuser, to give you a pleasant, subtle aroma without being overpowering. Less is often more with Aromatherapy! Once you begin using essential oils be encouraged to mix and match the oils as you prefer, you may in fact find your own unique blend that suits you!
By Kerrie Clayton
Kerrie is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Reiki Master, who also has a Diploma of Aromatherapy. Kerrie may be contacted through wellnesswithkerrie.com