13 May 2014

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

A few weeks ago, I ran out of linen spray, and while that might not be a big deal to many people, I'm a fragrance freak. So, with some essential oils already in my cabinet, I decided to make my own heavenly spray.

via Decorchick

Here's a super easy step-by-step tutorial complete with printable bottle labels on Style Me Pretty.

Similar to the linen spray with essential oils, I recently picked up a variety pack of Natural Patches, therapeutic patches infused with essential oils. The patches come in thirteen different combinations of oils that are body heat activated. 

I love the natural approach to healing and wellness, and I was intrigued to find out if the aromas really did impact the mind-body connection. I've only used two so far-- the arnica patch for muscle aches and the lavender for enhanced sleep.  


I'm not convinced that the lavender was helpful...I've been suffering from a bit of insomnia lately, and the nights I used it were no better than those before. But I used the arnica patch after a particularly brutal Dirty 30 workout last week. I do feel like I wasn't quite as sore in the areas where I placed the patch in the days that followed-- it certainly didn't do any harm! The list of oils in the arnica patch and their benefits follows.

Now that spring is finally here, I'm going to try the essential oils in homemade bug spray.  Any other uses for oils that you suggest?

Arnica / Soothing Aches & Pains Formula
Warming and invigorating, this blend targets the aches and pains in muscles and joints to restore physical freedom.

Arnica: Stimulating blood flow to the site of application, Arnica can help to reduce the swelling and pain of; (bruises, sprains, muscle and joint issues, and insect bites). It is indicated for any soft tissue injury and as an aid for rheumatic pain and inflammatory skin conditions, where the skin is not broken. Stimulating

Cayenne: (aka Capsaicin) Generating and invigorating blood circulation, Cayenne can be used to combat both pain and inflammation and has been found to soothe the joint discomfort associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Warming and Invigorating

Rosemary: Warms and relaxes the muscles and is commonly used for muscle aches, cramps, and back pain. Rosemary can improve circulation, as well as stimulate and strengthen the central nervous system, to combat mental fatigue and general sluggishness. Clarifying and Invigorating

Lemongrass: Toning to muscles and tissue, Lemongrass soothes muscle pains by improving flexibility and circulation. It can be particularly good for athletes, both to energize and improve performance, but also to soothe the pain that often follows vigorous exercise. Lemongrass can strengthen the nervous system and reduce irritability and drowsiness. Uplifting, Vitalizing and Cleansing

Ginger: Generating warmth, vitality, centering and grounding, Ginger can be used to address both physical and emotional fatigue. It has been indicated for arthritis, muscle aches and rheumatism, and is also helpful with poor circulation and the dispersal of bruises. Warming, Strengthening and Anchoring

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