If you’re like me, you love spending time outside on a warm afternoon in your favorite pair of shorts. The only thing that can drag one of these days down is legs that are inflamed, irritated, and speckled with ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing!
Every time you shave your legs, you’re scraping a razor over your skin — stripping off protective cells and natural moisture in the process. When you wax, you’re ripping the hair right out of your skin. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, either of these methods can easily turn into a recipe for disaster. There’s always a risk for ingrown hairs and other little red bumps to develop.
So, how do you fight back?
If you’ve ever been to Ecuador, you’ve probably seen (or at least heard of!) the Tulcan Cemetery and its three-acre topiary made of Cypress. The smell is as beautiful as the scenery itself, which is why this place is so popular with both tourists and locals!
You don’t have to go all the way to Ecuador to experience the magic of Cypress, though. Instead, you can create your own Cypress wonderland through aromatherapy!
I’ve always been fascinated with Cypress topiaries, but it wasn’t until I began studying aromatherapy that I realized just how powerful Cypress really is. In Latin, Cypress is known as Cupresus sempervirens, which translates to “always alive”. That translation couldn’t be more accurate, because Cypress trees can live for up to 1,000 years! They are strong and majestic, always pointing towards the sky.
From that garlic you cooked last night, to the dog’s muddy feet, it doesn’t take much for strange smells to pop up around your home. But whether you’re fighting a certain odor or you simply want to get rid of that stale smell, synthetic air fresheners AREN’T the way to go.
I know… the commercials make them seem like little gifts from the heavens. A few sprays, and your home smells fresh and vibrant. Unfortunately, what those commercials DON’T mention is that these air fresheners are full of dangerous chemicals that can cause everything from migraines to asthma attacks. Plus, synthetic air fresheners don’t remove odors. They only mask them!
So, how do you keep your home smelling great?
After all, essential oils don’t just smell good; they also give your body a boost. Whether you want to feel more energized or eliminate the day’s stresses, essential oils can do it. So, they’re the perfect things to use to freshen up the air around your home!
You can even tailor your essential oils to the specific mood you’re trying to create in each room.
The great thing about essential oils is that they’re not overpowering. When you use the right recipes (which we’ll go over in just a minute), your natural air fresheners will be like soft background music. You won’t really think about them consciously, but they’ll definitely help the mood in the room!
Fill a 4 oz glass bottle with 1 tablespoon white vinegar and distilled water. Then, add 20 drops of your favorite blend of oils. A spritz or two will give your room a fresh feeling anytime odor starts to creep in.
2. Aromatherapy burner
Vaporizing is a great way to infuse a room with scent, without overpowering your senses. Simply fill the burner bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of your favorite essential oil, and light the candle. In a matter of minutes, your rooms will give you that emotional boost you’re looking for.
(Tip: I personally prefer to use an electric burner)
Unfortunately, those carpets and area rugs you so carefully picked out soak up yucky odors like a sponge! If you want your home to smell fresh and clean, you’ve got to disinfect them. Sure, you’ve got cleaning products, but why not disinfect AND add a mood-boosting scent at the same time?!
Simply mix one cup of baking soda with 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well, and spread the mixture onto your carpets and rugs. Let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up.
No matter which method you choose, you’ll be able to take a deep breath and LOVE the way your home smells and feels!
© Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – Aromatherapy blog – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
You probably take a bath everyday without giving it much deliberation. But did you know that those few moments you spend by yourself in the company of water can transform you in unimaginable ways? A “ritual bath” has been a part of my life for many years and it has helped me out of many emotional problems. It is the reason I am able to stay positive through challenging situations and be more giving in my relationships. The process has helped me grow and improve as a person and I believe it is now time to share this secret tool with you wonderful readers.
From a subtle standpoint, a bath can have two connotations – it may signify “cleansing” or denote inner transformation. Immersing the body in water is also believed to calm the mind and inspire spiritual awakening. However, a “ritual bath” need not have any religious or spiritual significance. It is just a personal experience and you may even think of it as a spa therapy.
I have been practicing the technique of positive reinforcement and visualization and have enjoyed incredible benefits from it. It is easy and anyone can do it! All you have to do is imagine yourself in a desirable situation – maybe you would like a better job, or score good marks in a test, be fit and healthy, or have a fulfilling romantic relationship. Just visualize all this happening and allow yourself to soak in the positive emotions that come through.
When I think of Frankincense, I immediately think of something exotic and magical. And why shouldn’t I? Civilizations from every corner of the earth and every period in time have tapped into this oil’s marvelous healing properties. Even today Frankincense is used around the world as a premium cosmetic ingredient because of its mesmerizing fragrance. Therefore for me, Frankincense essential oil holds immense value because it is precious, rare and very versatile. It is a key ingredient in many of my products, including the Mommy Body Oil, Holiday Bliss Essential Oil Blend and Hair Elixir for Dry Hair.