How to Use Relaxing Organic Aromatherapy Essential Oils
When things get busy at this time of year, it is a good time for taking just a little time out at the end of your day. Using aromatherapy essential oils to relax in your bath or after your shower, can help you power through the next few weeks. Use them every night if possible or 2 or three times a week, if every night is not possible.
Trouble sleeping is one of the most common things that clients contact me about, it is an incredibly widespread issue. There are many aromatherapy approaches and blends that can help ease it though and I have had great success working with this common problem.
I have this year been working a lot with grief and loss, both with many of my clients – and in my own life too -after losing my lovely dog Bruno, in late January. Essential oils and blends are incredibly gentle, while being amazingly powerful to help manage these difficult experiences. I’m working with someone right now who is caring for someone with a terminal condition, the essential oils are a excellent tool to support, calm and uplift.
Having mentioned all the individual oils I would reach for, it would be much more normal for me to use a blend. I am deliberately using low levels of essential oils, when faced with these emotional circumstances it is definitely a case of ‘less is more’ with essential oils. The first choice of essential oil blend would probably be 1 drop rose otto, 2 drops frankincense, 1 drop cypress. Use in a diffuser, or oil burner. Alternatively the way I prefer to use a pure essential oil blend is on a tissue by my pillow overnight.
If you prefer a blend for use on the body, mix these essential oils with a carrier such as sweet almond or sunflower (10ml) for using on the body. I recommend to clients to use a blend with carrier oil on the upper chest area, gently rubbed into this area of the body before sleep, then again if you wish to use it during the day, especially when you are feeling very affected with grief, some people also like to use a blend on the pulse points on the wrists.
My recommendation would be to use a blend that you like the smell of very much,and the gentle, comforting fragrance will soothe you when you need it most. For an ‘off the shelf’ ready made blend, you could find our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oil Restful Evening which contains lavender, rose geranium and roman chamomile, very helpful indeed.
Everyone reacts differently and copes with grief and loss in a different way, there is no textbook way to manage it. The joy of essential oils is there are so many different oils to choose to suit our differing needs and when you blend them together they give a more powerful synergy – and create a completely new fragrance. You can tweak the amounts of each essential oil in the blends to, which will create yet another fragrance. Find an oil or blend that really resonates with you right now. Be aware also as you journey forward through processing these emotions, you may be drawn to different oils or blends, and I would recommend that you listen to your own inner guidance on this.
In this article I have spoken solely about a self-help aromatherapy approach to grief and loss. Some of my clients first came to see me for aromatherapy massage because they were looking for help and support with their emotions. Again, you may find yourself attracted to different therapies, find the one which is most aligned to your own individual needs, but you could find therapy and/or counselling extremely helpful. Talking about your grief and loss to sympathetic friends/family members or a trained professional can be greatly comforting.
Be gentle with yourself, and take time to take care of yourself at all times. This is true for everyone, but especially for those who care for others, as they often do not see themselves as a priority, but ideally to care for others, we firstly need to be ok ourselves.
If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist
Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month we will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Frankincense essential oil. Its one of the oils that we use in our Meditation Essential Oil Blend and Orange and Frankincense Blend, both are ideal for ultimate relaxation.
Working as a clinical aromatherapist, frankincense is one of my most used essential oils, I love it! and I find it so gently powerful. Helping with clearing the mind when over stressed or anxious and with moving forward in life. It is an ideal choice for meditation. I just couldn’t do without frankincense oil – I take it with me anytime I am away from home. Here are what I think are its top ten uses.
For using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.
1. Meditation aid – help to clear the mind of clutter
2. Calming and de-stressing
3. Helpful for mature skin and/or dry skin
4. Can be useful for coughs and respiratory issues
5. Can aid in the slowing down the appearance of wrinkles.
6. Soothing the pain of heavy periods.
7. Calms irritability and restlessness
8. Can help with moving on in life – leaving the past behind
9. Useful for scars and minor wounds
10. May be helpful for urinary issues
Frankincense’s latin name is boswellia carterii and is a natural resin from the exudate of the bark of the boswellia tree. The frankincense oil is steam distilled from the resin. Frankincense is sometimes referred to as olibanum, meaning oil from Lebanon. It has been used for centuries often as an incense in religious ceremonies. Kohl used as eyeliner by the ancient Egyptians was made from charred frankincense. My current batch comes from Somalia, which is my favourite Frankincense. In my opinion it has a delicate, deep scent, slightly musky in the most pleasant way.
If you feel that Frankincense essential oil would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here from Organica J. There is also available a full range of other aromatherapy essential oils, with information on their uses available in the essential oil category on the website. Always use on the body blended with a carrier/vegetable oil.
If you require further information on any oils, feel free to contact us by email or phone.
NB if you have a medical condition/take medications check with your GP and/or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils.
Welcome to another week of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This week will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Frankincense essential oil. For using essential oils for specific medical problems always contact a qualified aromatherapist.
1. meditation – help to clear the mind of clutter
2. calming and de-stressing
3. mature skin and/or dry skin
4. may be helpful for coughs/respiratory issues
5. slowing down the appearance of wrinkles
6. soothing the pain of heavy periods
7. calms irritability & restlessness
8. moving on – leaving the past behind.
9. Helpful for scars and wounds
10. May be good for minor urinary issues.
If you feel this would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here from Organica J.
Tune in next week for another oil in another Top Ten Uses and comment below what you would like to see next!
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