Creating your own aromatherapy recipes can be a soothing and enjoyable task. Before you start, there are four areas of precaution to be aware of:
- Cinnamon, clove, hyssop, and sage are not suitable essential oils for home use.
- Basil, clove, cinnamon, fennel, hyssop, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and white thyme are some of the essential oils which should NOT be used during pregnancy.
- Bay, clary sage, ginger, juniper, pine, and tea tree are some of the essential oils that should not be used for steam facials.
- Certain essential oils are photosensitizing. Wait at least two hours after applying any of the citrus essentials oils such as lemon, lime and orange, but especially bergamot, to your skin before going out in the sun.
- For a nice soothing bath try 2 drops of galbanum oil, 2 drops of geranium oil, and 2 drops of lavender oil to relieve anxiety and frustration.
- If insomnia is a problem try 4 drops of chamomile oil, 2 drops of lavender oil, 4 drops of neroli oil, and 2 drops of marjoram oil.
- Does the man of the house need to relax but does not like to smell “girly”? Try this relaxing aromatherapy recipe of 3 drops of pine oil, 2 drops of chamomile oil, and 2 drops of lemon oil.
- For aching feet, 2 drops of chamomile oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in 20 ml. of carrier oil. Use sweeping strokes and gentle circular pressing motion for optimal results.
- To invigorate your feet, 2 drops of bay oil and 2 drops of ginger oil in a large bowl of hot water. Soak your feet in the mixture for ten minutes.
- For a soothing massage try 4 drops of lavender per tablespoon of carrier oil, 1 drop of petitgrain per tablespoon of carrier oil and 1 drop of frankincense per tablespoon of carrier oil.
- This blend may also be added to a warm bath (about a capful of the massage oil blend).