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!
Yes, the season of romance is here and most of us are looking for ways to make it special for our dear ones. Is it any coincidence that February is officially named the ‘American Heart Month’?
The second month of the year also brings our focus to the “emotional health” of the heart as well as our relationship with our loved ones and ourselves. The “heart” is home to the most complex emotions – both positive and negative. A person who does not love himself enough can never have any love to give others, and a heart filled with jealousy, envy, rage and revenge can never forge a positive trusting bond. Therefore, the two secret ingredients for fulfilling romantic relationships are purity of the heart and self-love.
Nature has gifted us with essential oils for romance and sexuality that help in this journey towards self-realization and set the stage for enriching and satisfying relationships by:
Cleansing the heart of “dark” emotions and encouraging “light” emotions like compassion, forgiveness and transformation.
Enhancing our sensuality and confidence, which makes us more desirable to the opposite sex.
Helping us sort out our emotions issues to reduce conflicts, resentment and bitterness in relationships.
Enhancing our libido and sexuality, thus encouraging physical intimacy between partners.
Whenever I think of dirt (physical or emotional), the first thing that comes to my mind is the cleansing properties of citrus essential oils. Even commercial cleaning products contain extracts of citrus, don’t they?
Lemon: Like a ray of sunshine, lemon essential oil brightens up your life and washes away all impurities and negative feelings.
Sweet Orange: The scent of Sweet Orange is warming, comforting and “fodder for the heart”. It encourages you take things in good humor and absolves emotional confusion.
Grapefruit: The refreshing properties of Grapefruit instill positivity, joy and cheer, which are essential components of a healthy relationship.
Without confidence, sensuality is lost – no matter what you wear, how much you weigh or how your hair looks. A myriad of factors such as depression, anxiety, societal pressures or even a break-up can affect the way we feel about ourselves. Floral essential oils soothe our hearts and allow us to celebrate our unique beauty.
Clary Sage: Profound and seductive, Clary Sage negates melancholy and stimulates sexuality.
Ylang Ylang: A sweet aroma that soothes away bitterness, Ylang Ylang enhances libido and dispels feelings of jealousy and envy. Its exotic scent helps reunite our emotional and sensual natures.
Jasmine: Jasmine’s intense and seductive aroma is the perfect antidote for performance anxiety, impotence and frigidity that result from depressive thoughts of inadequacy and undesirability.
Rose: The luxurious and erotic scent of rose fuels passion and self-assurance. It helps you discover and revel in your own sensuality.
Lavender: With the healing qualities of Mother Nature, Lavender washes away emotional conflict and fills you with newfound confidence.
Helichrysum: Calming and uplifting, Helichrysum instills courage and heals deep-seated emotional wounds.
Want to know how to enhance sexuality with essential oils for massage and libido? There is no specific category for aphrodisiac essential oils, but those derived from spices are very helpful as they have strong, powerful aromas that fuel passion and make you realize how sexy you are!
Cardamom: This spicy scent encourages clarity of thought and warms even the coldest hearts.
Black Pepper: A tonic for stamina and strength, Black Pepper stimulates your mind and body, and urges you to take initiative in relationships.
Ginger: Arousing and inviting, the warm scent of ginger stimulates your appetite for love.
Patchouli: Patchouli has a voluptuous and suggestive aroma that delves deep into your emotions and instills a sense of freedom.
Vetiver: This earthy and positive scent helps shed inhibitions, self-consciousness and fears of intimacy. Its sexually arousing and profound nature makes you bold and fearless in love.
Choose one essential oil from each category and blend 10 drops of each in 1 Oz bottle of carrier oil to create your own Romantic Body Oil. Use this to massage your erogenous zones.
If you have a partner, give each other a sensual, loving massage.
Put 3 drops of each oil in an aromatherapy burner to create a sexy ambiance.
We love Valentine’s Day so much; we celebrate it for an entire month. What are you doing this February? Tell us how you have used aromatherapy for romance – we’d love to know!
Since ages, humans have tapped into nature’s abundant resources to nurture their children and help them stay healthy.
Aromatherapy is a modern, yet simple extension of this concept as it captures nature’s goodness and healing power in tiny bottles.
Aromatherapy for babies is gaining popularity because it is completely non-invasive, does not involve subjecting your little one to harsh medicines and the best of all – your baby will love the pleasant and soothing fragrances.
When it comes to using essential oils for babies, many parents have concerns regarding safety and side effects of aromatherapy. As a professional aromatherapist with 17 years of experience and a mother of a very healthy teenager, I can confidently vouch for the safety of aromatherapy for babies. Ever since my son was born, I have used only essential oils to handle common conditions that kids encounter. I am proud to say that in the fifteen years of his life, my son hasn’t had any condition that didn’t resolve with essential oils.
My sister had a beautiful baby and I have been very fortunate to take care of him every Saturday. It is an absolute joy to have him at our home on weekends, watch him grow, learn and in turn, learn a little from him. I use this bonding time to treat my nephew to the benefits of essential oils, just as I did with my son. My personal experiences have inspired me to write this article and share useful tips not only to address common ailments, but to help parents enhance their babies’ general wellbeing with the use of nature’s essential oils.
Most new parents would give their eyes and teeth for something that would help their baby sleep soundly so that they can grab a few moments of peace for themselves. I gave my sister a special blend of Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram and Palo Santo – she just puts a couple of drops on a cotton pad and places it on one corner of my nephew’s bed, under the sheets. The baby has been sleeping through the night since he was eight weeks old!
When you do not have the time for an elaborate massage, a few drops of essential oils added to your baby’s bath water will do just fine. Here’s how you can make your baby’s bathing ritual more pleasant and enriching: Fill the bath with warm water and add the chosen oil or blend. Do not use more than 2 drops of essential oils for babies under the age of 2 years. To make the oils disperse adequately in water, always mix them first with 1 tablespoon salt or a fragrance-free shampoo/ body wash. Baths should be for babies 6 months or older
For colds and congestion, use 2 of Frankincense essential oil.