Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Gifts by Kimberli Kai
Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Gifts by Kimberli Kai
Gift giving is always right around the corner and aromatherapy gifts
are a hot item. When you give a gift that is enhanced by aromatherapy, you
give more than just a gift. It is something that will rejuvenate the
spirit of the recipient for a long time to come.
So what to look for when buying aromatherapy? I ALWAYS look at the
label. If I can not pronounce most of the ingredients, then I
will not purchase that item. I seek out items that are handmade, where
someone took the time to make them with love and care and good
First you must consider the product base. Many products call themselves
natural, but when you educate yourself, you will be able to determine the
difference between the real thing and the so called’s. My favorite
products made with a grapeseed oil base. Grapeseed oil is known to be high
in anti-oxidants and a light oil good for use on the skin. Did I mention
grapeseed oil is hands down my favorite…did I make my point? Some people
use it for cooking as well. There are other good base oils, almond
oil, which is a little heavier on the skin than grapeseed oil, but has a
very pleasant aroma. There is also peanut oil that Edgar Cayce recommended
for joint problems and poor circulation. Peanut oil is also heavier than
grapeseed oil, but an excellent choice for mature skin. Then there is
castor oil, which several of my elderly clients swear by for relieving
pain. According to the Heritage Store out of Virginia Beach, Doctors at
the A.R.E. Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona use castor oil for virtually every aspect
of health. Edgar Cayce recommended castor oil packs over the liver in 545
readings to benefit the liver and digestive system. Healers from many ancient
cultures have used castor oil for over 3000 years. In fact in old herbal texts,
it is called "Palma Christi," Latin for the palm of Christ. And another
good option is sesame seed oil, it is lighter than grapeseed and is an excellent
option for people with hypoallergenic concerns.
Many oils call themselves aromatherapy, but are nothing more than perfume
oils. True essential oils come from plants that grow in the ground, not
plants that manufacture synthetic scents. True essential oils are known to
be highly volatile, which means that they are not stable in heat. That is
not appealing to those who mass produce scented products. So now that you
know what to look for, lets get to the fun stuff!
These are oils that I believe should be in every home. They have
wonderful everyday uses to help balance the mind and the spirit.
Lavender Oil: According to the Heritage store, Lavender is known to
increase the alpha brain waves associated with states of relaxation and
meditation. Add to bathwater for a relaxing soak. Spray on tissues and place
with bed linens and lingerie. Lavender is universally known as the oil of
beauty and may have exceptional qualities for hair and skin use. It is
rumored that Cleopatra swore by her Lavender oil.
Peppermint Oil: I use many oils in my clinic, this is by far the most
popular oil. I use 3 to 4 times more peppermint than any other oil I have,
and I have a few. Traditionally, peppermint is known to help with fevers,
headaches, muscle tension and fatigue. Adding a few drops of this oil to a
foot lotion can give a nice tingling sensation that helps to pep up tired
feet. This is an oil that I would use caution if applied directly to the
skin. I usually dilute it 6 drops of essential oil to 2 ounces
of base oil. This is an oil that has a wonderful aroma when used in a
Sweet Orange Oil Sweet orange is in the heart of many
aromatherapy blends. It is believed to be calming to the mind and
the nerves. Give me a double shot!! Orange makes an excellent body
moisturizer, and a few drops added to a facial wash or shower gel can encourage
radiant, younger looking skin. Orange oil can be effective to the immune
system for colds and flu and can help eliminate toxins, and as a diuretic it is
useful for water retention and obesity.
Last month I discussed the wonderful oils Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and
Lavender. Have you purchased yours yet? What are you waiting
for? When I started “collecting” essential oils, it was a slow start to
say the least. My first oil to purchase was peppermint. Oh how I
loved it! I used it for everything! So which one will you start
with? My advice on essential oils is simple, if you smell the oil, and are
drawn to, then get it. If you are not drawn to the smell, then it simply
is not for you right now. Our bodies have a natural intelligence.
When we stop and listen to what our body is telling us, we tend to make wiser
choices. So buy one or two bottles of what you are attracted to the
most. Then, later, buy some more. And over time, you may have a
collection as large as mine. I currently keep 40 plus oils in stock.
What I need is always right there. I just replace them as the bottles
empty. What an annoying habit those bottle have!
Every now and again,
when there is extra fundage, I purchase a new oil and add it to “the
collection.” And that is exactly how you can do it, too.
Jasmine- Jasmine has a very rich floral fragrance. This is an oil
you are either strongly attracted to, or repelled by. I have yet to see
any in-betweens. This is an oil that has been used by aromatherapist to
help with many female complaints, such as, cramps, labor pains, uterine
disorders and to increase sensuality. Jasmine has also been known to help
with complaints pertaining to the nervous system, anger, headaches, insomnia,
depression, worry, stress and muscular tension.
Patchouli – Well everyone who knows about Woodstock knows that patchouli is
the hippie oil. Why did they choose this oil above all others?
comes from Indonesia and has a very sensual, earthy smell about it. There
are qualities of patchouli that help to repel insects naturally.
I know the
Native American belief about patchouli is that it brings luck, money and
fertility. Well, that sounds more like establishment thinking than a
hippie frame of mind. For skin care, patchouli is the cats meow. It
is reputed to be a cell rejuvenator, great for acne, inflamed, cracked or mature
skin and wrinkles. A note about patchouli oil, it improves with age.
Spearmint- The ancient Greeks used it to scent their bath water.
This is an oil that comes from the USA! I have yet to find anyone who does
not like, well love, spearmint. It smells minty and sweet. It has
uplifting qualities for the mind and spirit. It is also known to help with
obesity and fluid retention. In medieval times it was used for gums and to
whiten teeth. The sweet quality is supposed to help relieve tension, anger
and aggression. Back the truck up to my house on this oil. It is
defiantly one of my favorites.
Frankincense- In ancient times, this oil was revered as highly as
gold. It comes from Africa. It has a spicy aroma. From ancient times
until present day, frankincense has heavy religious connotations. We all
know it was one of the gifts to the Baby Jesus. That alone should tell you
the significance of this oil. In ancient times, it was believed that this
oil was able to banish evil spirits. The list for the believed healing
effects for this oil are too long to mention in this article. Let’s just
say it has MANY alternative healing qualities. I highly recommend this
BERGAMOT- This oil is native to Morocco. It has a sweet somewhat
fruity scent. Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of Earl
Grey Tea. This oil is known to encourage peaceful sleep, promote
happiness, refresh and relax the user.
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