There’s nothing more comforting than an old standby — like those jeans that always seems to make you look thinner, or that pasta dish that always gets rave reviews. One of my favorite old standbys is Lemon oil. I turn to it for all kinds of things!
This essential oil is very versatile — providing relief for everything from insomnia, to tummy troubles, to problems concentrating, to circulation issues, and more. In fact, Lemon has been used to battle both physical and emotional ailments ever since the 12th century!
Thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, Lemon oil can help you win the fight over acne and insect bites. And speaking of your skin, it will also combat all of that sebum that makes your face look like an oil slick.
Be honest — how much time do you spend in a day scrolling through your smartphone and staring at your computer screen? How often do you get a chance to simply sit back, take a deep breath, and truly seize the day?
If you’re like most people, not often enough!
I’ve spent years offering expert aromatherapy advice and answering countless questions, and after I published a blog post about using essential oils for meditation, people were dying to know when I was going to create a special blend of oils that could be used to help them meditate.
I’m happy to report that it’s finally here! I carefully crafted my special Meditation Blend with a synergy of essential oils that can help you achieve a calmer, slower, more relaxed state of mind.
What’s in it?
Used to deepen breathing, Frankincense can help tackle everything from depression, to anxiety, to nagging mental chatter. It’s got soothing qualities that will help you break free of negative emotions, allowing you to focus on — and appreciate — the current moment. Frankincense is a popular choice among spiritual experts because it helps enable the mind focus more clearly on prayer, meditation, and deep thinking.
– Rose Absolute
Called “the oil of the heart”, Rose Absolute encourages feelings of love and creativity. By using it to open up your heart energy, you can overcome negative emotions like guilt, sorrow, and self-righteousness and be more open to affection, intimacy, and determination.
Lavender is a popular sedative oil that’s used by a number of people at bedtime. However, it’s not just good for sleeping! Lavender is aromatherapy’s version of a “stress-buster”. Not only can it help you relax , but it can also help open your mind to newer, calmer perspectives. In the end, you’ll wind up with a much greater sense of inner-peace.
This vibrant oil is perfect for turning pessimism into optimism. It creates a warm feeling that can make you feel nurtured, hopeful, and encouraged.
– Palo Santo
This is a sacred and deeply spiritual essential oil. It’s perfect for people who feel lonely, depressed, or abandoned. Not only can Palo Santo give you a clearer understanding of your specific situation, it can help you detach from a painful past that’s holding you back.
Simply place a few drops in a tissue, and breathe it in. (I suggest visualizing your troubles leaving your body every time you exhale!) It will only take you about 5 minutes to feel your mind quiet down.
It’s also easy to incorporate Mediation Blend into your yoga routine. Simply bring the tissue with you, and place it on your chest during Shavasana.
Or, if you’d rather enjoy this blend at bedtime, put the tissue under your pillow. That way, you’ll sleep better all night long, and you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to the nightmares that are preventing you from getting the rest you need.
Want to combine this soothing feeling with a warm bath? Just combine 10 drops of Meditation Blend with 1/4 cup of sea salts, and pour the mixture into the tub. The warm water will help infuse your entire bathroom with the calming scent!
Or, combine 60 drops of Meditation Blend with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil to make a special body oil that you can use as a daily moisturizer or an end of the day treat.
© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
It’s a bushy perennial herb that’s native to the tropical climates in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that King Tut loved Patchouli oil so much that he demanded to have ten gallons of it buried with him. More recently, Patchouli was the scent of choice for hippies back in the 1960’s because it was strong enough to mask the smell of marijuana smoke.
If you’ve got the pure essential oil, there are a number of things you can do with it. However, because it’s such a strong scent, I always combine it with other oils — like bergamot, grapefruit, or lemon — by mixing nine parts of the other oil with one part patchouli. Then, put it in your aromatherapy burner to spread the scent throughout your room. Or, place 1 drop on your pillow or onto a tissue, and breathe deeply. You can also put a few drops in your bath or footbath after a long day.
Patchouli is so popular because it can provide so many benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve everything from arthritis, to gout, to fevers. It also has antiseptic properties, so it’s an effective way to treat wounds.
If you’re overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or stress, Patchouli can have life-changing results. Its sedative properties will help you get a better night’s sleep and chase away all of those negative feelings you experience when you’re tired. And, because the scent stimulates the production of your body’s so-called “feel good hormones”, Patchouli will quickly eliminate anger, sadness, and anxiety.
It can even eliminate feelings of indifference. After all, it’s impossible for your senses to ignore this strong scent! The next time you feel mentally “stuck”, tap into the mental power of Patchouli.
Its strong musky scent makes Patchouli a wonderful aphrodisiac. It will lower your inhibitions, so you’ll feel more comfortable expressing your desires. And, because it’s so good at chasing away negative thoughts and fatigue, it’s the perfect oil to help you get ready for a romantic evening. All of your thoughts will be focused on your sweetie and your magical night!
Another great way to use Patchouli is to dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) and apply it directly to your skin. In fact, it can regenerate, disinfect, moisten, and cool tissues! In addition to the mood boost you’ll get from the scent, Patchouli can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of skin problems — like athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, and dandruff.
If you want to use it every day, you can make your own moisturizer by mixing one drop of patchouli with five drops of lavender, three drops of frankincense, and one ounce of jojoba. Or, make your own scalp conditioner by mixing one drop of patchouli with four drops of geranium and five drops of tea tree. Or, make a massage oil with one drop of patchouli, five drops of jasmine, four drops of orange, and one ounce of carrier oil.
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As the weather gets colder, I feel the need to use “warming” oils that can not only help me breathe better but also make me feel more energetic. A little known oil in this regard is Black Spruce. I have been quite enamored by its soft, fresh, forest-like scent and what it can do for the mind and body.
A member of the Pinaceae plant family, Spruce is a close cousin of firs, pines and hemlocks. There are over 40 species of Spruce but not all offer therapeutic benefits. Black Spruce (Picea mariana) is an evergreen coniferous tree native to Canada, although it also grows in some parts of Alaska and North America. It is typically found in wet, swampy regions. The sharp, bluish-green needle-like leaves of the tree are the primary source of essential oil, which is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Black Spruce essential oil has a much milder, sweeter scent compared to other oils from the evergreen family.