Aromatherapy: Understanding Invigorating Oils

One of the simplest uses of aromatherapy oils is to give you a boost when you feel the need to be stimulated into action. Essential oils produce effects on the central nervous system, stimulating the body’s own systems to help it focus on areas that need attention, facilitating positive mood changes and healing. Happy and … Read moreAromatherapy: Understanding Invigorating Oils

Aromatherapy: Understanding Healing Oils

A small selection of essential oils as a basic first aid kit can help you deal with most of the little accidents and emergencies that life throws up and will take up little space in a cupboard at home. Accidents do happen, so being prepared can save you a lot of pain and inconvenience and, … Read moreAromatherapy: Understanding Healing Oils

Aromatherapy: Understanding Antiseptic Oils

Most essential oils have natural antiseptic properties because the plants from which they are extracted produce them to protect themselves from invading micro-organisms. Tea tree is one of the best known and most versatile essential oils with powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, yet it’s gentle enough to treat children. Treating infections Antibacterial oils can … Read moreAromatherapy: Understanding Antiseptic Oils

Aromatherapy: Making Room Fresheners

Many people use scents to make their living or working space more inviting, both to themselves and to visitors. Long-term additions, such as flowers or pot pourri, are always worth considering, while oil burners and room sprays can provide handy short-term fixes if you are entertaining or need to banish a bad smell. Incense and … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Room Fresheners

Aromatherapy: Making Vapour Rubs

Inhaling therapeutic oils from a vapour rub is one of the most effective ways of relieving the symptoms of colds and flu and tackling minor respiratory infections. A blend of warming, expectorant essential oils in petroleum jelly, ointment or in a vegetable carrier oil will help to ease congestion. The addition of antiseptic oils such … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Vapour Rubs

Aromatherapy: Making Ointments and Balms

Ointments contain fats, usually in the form of wax dissolved in oil, but no water. They sit on the skin without penetrating it, making a watertight protection from infection, as healing and soothing oils are slowly absorbed into the skin. Heal and soothe Make your own aromatherapy balms and ointments at home from simple, natural … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Ointments and Balms

Aromatherapy: Making Shampoos

Many essential oils contain active ingredients that can benefit your hair and scalp, helping to improve dry or greasy hair, combat dandruff and prevent head lice. Why not turn your hand to making your own aromatherapy hair products? Pre-wash Treatments Essential oil shampoos do not foam like regular shampoos, so you may prefer to use … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Shampoos

Aromatherapy: Making Creams and Moisturisers

You probably put moisturisers on your face and body every day, so why not make your own, using essential oils, natural creams and waxes? This way, you can cut out the harsh chemicals and alcohols often contained in shop-bought products and make lotions to suit your specific needs. Beneficial beauty Making your own creams is … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Creams and Moisturisers

Aromatherapy: Making Soap and Shower Gel

Have you ever wished you could make soap specially formulated for your own skin type that would literally wash away problems such as eczema or acne? Or even a relaxing shower gel to help you unwind after a hard day? As with many other types of aromatherapy beauty products, making your own soap is far … Read moreAromatherapy: Making Soap and Shower Gel

Aromatherapy: Making your own Scented Candles

Scented candles are a perfect way to release fragrant aromas into your environment slowly and gently over a sustained period of time. Their effects are subtle and gentle, influencing your mood and emotions more than they do physical complaints, although they are good for easing conditions with an emotional cause, such as headaches brought on … Read moreAromatherapy: Making your own Scented Candles