I love aromatherapy. Infact, the first part of my business name- ‘Amora’, was chosen because it is ‘Aroma’ spelt backwards. Amora also means ‘love’ in Spanish; so it really is the perfect name from back to front!
Back to the subject: Plants have the power; They are of the Earth and they are here to teach us healing. Humans have known this for thousands of years. The properties found in plants are more effective then any pharmaceutical ever created by Man. Infact, every pharmaceutical ever manufactured originated from Mother Nature herself. Plants hold the original, unmodified properties that are best suited to our bodies. They can be consumed, inhaled or applied to assist in the pursuit of optimal health.
Aromatherapy is one such way that we can use plants for our benefit. It involves the use of essential oils, which are oils derived from various parts of plants and trees.These oils are expressed or distilled from flowers, blossoms, leaves, fruits, peels, roots, woods, resins or the whole plant for various therapeutic properties. Some oils require more plant materials for extraction then others, hence prices do vary.
I have compiled a list of a few very affordable, readily available essential oils that I regularly use in my home. They all have many remedies and means for application depending on the intended use. Please become informed and proceed with caution when using these oils as there are some instances when they are not recommended. I have many books about Aromatherapy and essential oils; the one I turn to most is called Aromatherapy, A pocket sized reference to the healing science covering 67 essential oils by Rebekah Holmes.
Here are ten that I recommend:
A floral scent used for its calming and healing properties. Apply a diluted amount blended with clary sage to the temples before bed to help you sleep. As a general rule, one drop of essential oil for every 2ml of carrier oil will suffice.
A sweet scent known for its balancing effect on hormones. I apply it as a perfume. Dilute in Sweet Almond oil with a blend of lavender and rosemary.
A penetrating, woody scent used for mental clarity- a great memory aid. Also use rosemary in hair care products as it stimulates healthy hair growth. Add 2-3 drops to a tablespoon of warm coconut oil, apply to the hair and leave in over night.
A floral scent that regulates adrenalin flow and relaxes the nervous system. This is why it is known to be an effective remedy for anxiety and depression. Also a well known aphrodisiac. I put a few drops in a cold steam diffuser to fill my home with its beautiful aroma.
A herbaceous scent that combats excessive perspiration. I blend clary sage, lemon myrtle and tea tree in a spray bottle of filtered water to use as a natural deodorant.
A spicy, balsamic scent. Once considered more valuable then gold! Assists to deepen breathing and useful for connecting with spirit through prayer and meditation. I apply a diluted amount to the third eye and inhale through cold steam diffusion.
A sharp, menthol scent. Great for digestion. Massage a diluted amount of peppermint and clary sage in a clockwise direction onto the stomach. This oils antispasmodic properties also makes it a great decongestant for respiratory conditions.
A sharp, camphorous scent, a ’clean’ smell. Great for muscular aches. I also use a very small amount in my massage oil to assist in warming the skin.
A clean, citrous scent. A powerful antimicrobial. For this reason, I have lemon myrtle soap for hand washing. It is also great to use in cleaning products and wet areas to combat mould.
A fresh, disinfectant scent. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and antiseptic. I use it as a cleaning product. Dilute in a bucket of warm water with eucalyptus and lavender. Wipe down surfaces and mop the floor. Your house will be clean and it will smell great. You will also inhale the aromas and gain all of the oils therapeutic properties so you will feel better too. Essential oils are a great Earth friendly alternative to using harsh chemicals.
Plants are incredible beings that we can use as wonderful tools for healing and survival. Next time you have a concern, consider the power of plants for your remedy. There are many professionals out there who can assist you with learning. Perhaps try an Aromatherapist, Herbologist, Natropath or Nutritionist to help you on you way to healing with plants.
Natural is factual.