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Simple Ways To Indulge In Aromatherapy

Our in house education guru, Jessie, who also happens to be a certified Aromatherapist, here to give you some beginners tips on how to utilize Aromatherapy for everyday living.

The easiest way to indulge in aromatherapy is to simply smell the essential oils, whether directly from the bottle, or with the help os a diffuser or an aromatherapy air freshner, or on your body as a personal perfume.  Either way, the aroma, along with the healing properties of the oils are inhaled into the lungs and diffused throughout the body.

A personal favourite is direct inhalation. I find opening up a bottle and breathing it in works wonders for respiratory complaints, stress, emotional conditions and nausea.  The key really is choosing aroma you enjoy, and simply blending or selecting one or more of the oils recommended for treating your specific condition and mixing them together in a small glass bottle.  In the fall and spring, I like to encourage people to try steam inhalations, which work great for sinus issues, as well as cold and flu sore throats and nervous complaints such as anxiety or stress.  Sometimes even adding a few drops at the end of the bath tub in the shower does the trick.

During my time at Saje Natural Wellness, we would have 1 minute check ins and, during this time we would pick our favourite essential oil, or essential oil blend, apply 2 or 3 drops of the oil of our choice to the palm of one hand, and rub our palms together for 10-20 seconds.  Then we would cup our hands around our nose and mouth and inhale deeply.  This is extremely beneficial for the mind and body, and so refreshingly aromatic.

If your interest lies more in steam inhalation, use a large heat-proof bowl that been placed securely on a tabletop.  Fill it about halfway with steaming water and add between 3 to 6 drops of an essential oil or a blend of your choice.  Lavender is a good one to start with, because it is effective for anxiety and depression, as well as respiratory problems. Sit comfortably, and place a towel over your head to trap the steam.  Inhale deeply fro five to ten minutes.  Steam is also an effective way to use essential oils to cleanse the complexion.

For normal skin use: frankincense, geranium, jasmine, rose vetiver or a combination of several.

For dry skin: bergamot, fennel, geranium, myrrh, and sandalwood are recommended.

Oily skin: cedarwood, cypress. lemon, orange, peppermint, tea tree and ylang ylang.

Sensitive skin responds best to chamomile, rose and rosewood.

Keep in mind high quality oils can be expensive, and it’s worthwhile to select oils that both meet your personal needs and are as versatile as possible.


For more information on getting starting with aromatherapy and essential oils, please refer to “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Jessie Gill

Article written by Victoria Wong

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