Aromatherapy to enhance your home
Scents have the power to transform our emotions
and stimulate our senses. They can relax, invigorate, even heal
us. They remind us of the past, ground us in the present, and energize
us for the future. It's simple to use them to enhance every room
in your home.
is based on the use of essential oils, which are the highly concentrated
essences of aromatic plants. Different essential oils have different
properties. If you know their properties, you can use them to make
your home an inviting refuge from the world for family and friends.
way to use essential oils in your home is to add them to a bath,
your humidifier or to your vaporizer. Diffusers and candles also
work well, as do bulb rings. You can even combine them with water
in a spray bottle and mist your furniture, draperies and linens
with scent. Or put a few drops on cotton balls and place them in
drawers, cabinets and closets.
For a relaxing
evening bath, add up to 10 drops of essential oil to bath water.
Neroli, sandalwood, tangerine, lavender and geranium all have soothing
and calming properties. For an early morning pick me up, add rosemary,
grapefruit, peppermint, lemon or ginger essential oil to a diffuser
and let it permeate your bathroom. You'll leave feeling energized!
If you have
trouble sleeping, or just need to relax, put a few drops of chamomile,
lavender or neroli oil on a cotton ball and place it inside your
pillowcase. Or mist your bed linens with these essential oils diluted
For a romantic
evening, try candles scented with geranium, orange and ylang ylang.
If you want
to stimulate your guests' appetites in the dining room, fragrance
the air with the scents of bergamot, clove and basil. Mix in a few
citrus scents to encourage lively conversation.
A mix of cederwood, pine and rosemary will impart
a fresh, clean scent to your home.
bergamot, petitgrain and sandalwood to make your home warm and inviting
(especially great during colder months.)
Thyme, tea tree,
eucalyptus and rose are soothing and antiseptic perfect when nursing
ill loved ones.
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