Rituals help us make the time in our busy daily lives to notice, and honor the sacred. Using essential oils, and the power of aromatherapy, you can create simple daily rituals that are meaningful to you, with you as the creator.
As a Certified Aromatherapy Health Practitioner, I know the value of aroma and it’s direct relationship to our brain, and nervous system. Our sense of smell is the only sense that has a direct link into the brain. Our olfactory nerve (our sense of smell nerve) is directly tapped into the limbic portion of our brains, which is responsible for things such as feelings, perceptions, emotions, learning and memory. Therefore, our sense of smell has a powerful influence on our moods, behavior, and can even counteract stress and reduce high blood pressure!
Essential oils, non-oily aromatic liquids occurring naturally in various parts of plants, flowers, fruits, woods and spices, contain the life force of the plant, and have the ability to directly influence our central nervous system, strengthen our immune system and stimulate our body’s natural healing abilities. Aromatherapy, which is both an art and a science, utilizes these essential oils to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. This holistic method of approaching health can be used both actively and preventively.
Just by being mindful and adding a few essential oils to your current daily rituals you can make your bath and beauty routines a meditation on health and wellness! Start by creating rituals with essential oils around breathing, bathing and beautifying ( my 3 B’s) using the essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote total body wellness. This holistic method of approaching health, and life, is a wonderful way to discover the power of aromatherapy. The only thing you “must” do is make the time for your rituals and buy the best quality essential oils you can find.
1. Breathe. Place a drop or two of Lavender oil, or Rose geranium oil on a cotton ball. Sit in a quiet spot, feet flat on the floor, shoulders relaxed, and hands resting on your legs. Take notice of your breath for a moment. Where do you feel your breath? In your throat, chest, or belly? Now take a really full breath and watch it spread throughout your entire body. Imagine each and every cell receiving this beautiful gift of breath. Do this for a minute or two several times a day. You are designing a ritual that is tailor made for you!
2. Bathe. Make bathing a ritual! Early birds, place 2-3 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or pink grapefruit essential oil onto shower floor (in a spot not hit hard by shower water) – inhale the divine refreshing and awakening aromas. Love a long bath at the end of the day, need to unwind? Take about a cup full of epsom salt or pink himalayan salt, mix in 5-6 drops total of any or all of the following essential oils (remember ONLY 5-6 drops total): patchouli, vetiver, ylang ylang or lavender. DO NOT place essential oils into bathwater alone – oil and water do not mix and the salts have many minerals that are beneficial to your body.
3. Beautify. Add 10 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons (1 ounce approx.) unscented body lotion. Inhale as you apply to your body after bathing. Or make your own massage/body oil, blend into jojoba or sweet almond oil. For all skin types I recommend either lavender, palmarosa or ylang ylang alone, or combined, again 10 drops total. These oils are calming, emotionally supportive, skin beautifying and have amazing aromas! Breath deep and reap the benefits.
Remember to buy the best quality essential oils you can afford. A few business that I personally like are Aromatics International, Stillpoint Aromatics, and Lotus Garden Botanicals.
Have fun, remember this is an opportunity to express yourself!
(This article was originally written by me for YoffieLife.com)