Monthly Archives: January 2014

Body Scrubs and Packs with the Use of Aromatherapy

Just like face packs or masks the body packs remove impurities an improve skin texture providing a good toning treatment, even slimming. They are very easy to do at home and the essential oils are perfect ingredients to use both because of their incontestable therapeutic value and because of their beautiful aromatic qualities.

Clay is a great absorbent, acting like a magnet to all toxins and debris in the skin. Over the lace you will lie down on with plastic. Mix around 7 oz green or white clay with enough water to make a paste of the consistency of yogurt. In another bowl mix well the yolk of an egg with 10 drops of essential oil. Use lemon or grapefruit to remove impurities, lavender to relax , or rosemary for stimulation. Then mix this well into the clay paste and smooth it all over your body. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and sponge it off with warm water. You can now soak in a bath with essential oils or simply shower. Ideally you follow with a massage oil.

Body scrubs are also easy to do at home. They are designed to remove dead skin cells, allowing the new skin to be exposed, giving the skin improved color and texture. The base is one handful of almond meal and one of ground oatmeal. To this mix you can add 2-4 drops each of sandalwood essential oil and evening primrose for dry skin; or 2-4 drops each of rosemary and lavender for oily skin; or 2-4 drops each  thyme oil and lemon oil for blemished skin. make the mix into a paste which you then rub all over your skin paying more attention to knees, elbows, heels. Rinse off in the shower or bath and then use a body oil. Enjoy!

Ayurveda and Aromatherapy: The Bedroom

“The bedroom” is the place to sleep or play – up to you.

To keep your bedroom smelling romantic, you can make up a mix to use separately from the general house formula. It can be sprayed in the air and/or on the carpets, pillows.

Here is a recipe:

  • Ylang-Ylang 1 drop
  • Palma Rosa * drops
  • Nutmeg 2 drops
  • Lime 4 drops
  • Neroli 3 drops

For general bedroom use, please feel free to choose chamomile, lavender, geranium, lemon in a difuser.

You can also place cotton wool balls in the corners of your wardrobe with your favorite smell on it. Aim for a subtle aroma just to keep the air fresh.

Bed linens can be washed,dried and/or stored with essential oils.

Have fun and be creative!

Ayurveda and Aromatherapy: The Bath

The bath — what a great way to start your day!

While the water is running, you can brush the skin with a dry skin brush in circular motions from the extremities towards the heart. 

Since the essential oils are fast evaporating substances, you will ideally bind them in 1TBS honey or whipping cream. So get that mix ready to be added in the bath tub as soon as you step in. 

Different essential oils can help aid different conditions, depending on what your body requires most that day. Here are some suggestions:

  • If you ate heavier the night before, which may cause fluids retention the next morning, or if you wake up and feel a bit sluggish, you may want to use 3 drops each of cypress, juniper and grapefruit or orange. 
  • If you stayed up too late, did way too much the day before, ate too much of dry foods and maybe forgot to hydrate well enough, feel spacey and/or disconnected, try 3 drops each of ginger, rosewood and bergamot.
  • If you live in a hot climate, if you feel agitated and/or irritated for some reason, you may choose 3 drops each of lavender, sandalwood and rose. 

Bathing is a wonderful way to take time for yourself, relax, rejuvenate and collect. 

Enjoy!

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