We decided to start a series of articles about holistic healing in general, just to introduce it to the Egyptian self-care fanatics and anyone who’s looking for an alternative lifestyle as a whole.
As you can already tell by the title, today’s article will be shedding light on a new way to restore our bodies and minds’ health from a new perspective.
Aromatherapy or in other words essential oil therapy is a holistic healing treatment.
Holistic Healing or Holistic Medicine is a concept of considering all the aspects of a person through the process of remedying a case. We do this by bringing daily awareness to body, mind, emotions, and spirit in the journey of reaching ideal health.
What is Aromatherapy?
It literally means to treat through perfume or fragrance. By extracting plant essences through different ways we get to have elixirs that could be used in enhancing our mental and physical health. We will be looking into essential oils through next weeks’ article.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. This means that in order to reach optimal results, it is to be included in ones’ holistic lifestyle and become part of an active cycle of self-betterment.
When to consider including Aromatherapy.
The benefits of this complementary treatment could be endless. Depending on what we choose to integrate it with, it always yields different results.
Here are some of the ailments aromatherapy is included to ease.
- Flu, Nausea, and Headaches
- Fatigue and Insomnia
- Muscular aches and Menstrual cramps
- Anxiety and Depression
Almost each and every one of us could be going through many of the above-mentioned ailments daily, as our lives get busier by the day. In treating ourselves we are more accustomed to directly seeking pharmaceuticals.
In Europe, when someone goes in a pharmacy asking for a pain killer, they ask them to specify the cause of the pain. Once the patient specifies the cause, the pharmacist makes them choose whether they want to treat the cause with pharmaceuticals or essential oils. This is how deeply rooted holistic therapy is in other countries.
Ways to Include Aromatherapy in our daily life.
There are different ways to incorporate this deliciously scrumptious therapy. From adding food-grade essential oils to your tisanes (herbal teas) or taking a hot sensual bath with an essential oil blend or bath bomb, to simply chilling in the warm fragrance of a lit candle on a winter evening.
Here are some DIY recipes you can easily make.
This is a very basic beginner DIY recipe for a room spray. It can be sprayed on the curtains, pillows, rugs, etc.
Aromatherapy spritzers recipes are endless; however, these are some of our favorite easy ones.
All that is needed to make this spray is:
- Glass Spray Bottle, or any good quality spray bottle (note: essential oils may cause the plastic to melt in the long run.)
- Distilled Water (note: regular tap water is also good; however, it is prone to invite bacteria quicker.)
- Ethyl Alcohol.
- Geranium Essential Oil.
- Lavender Essential Oil.
Using the funnel, fill half the bottle with distilled water and the other half with ethyl alcohol. Now, add only 10 – 20 drops of each essential oil depending on the size of the bottle and your fragrance preference.
We all have sea salt in our kitchens if we don’t then maybe it’s time to look into the benefits of consuming sea salt. Not only does it make the food taste more naturally flavorful and delicious, but it also has benefits when topically used onto the body as a scrub or as we suggest in this recipe here.
This recipe works great as a body scrub as well. It gives your bathing time a sensual, relaxing spa effect. Also, it is a creative idea for a special gift.
What we need to make this Bathing Rose Sea Salt recipe:
- A jar
- A mixing bowl or pitcher
- Food processor or blender
- Sea Salt
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
- Rose Essential Oil
- Dried rose petals (optional)
How to make it
In the bowl or directly in the blender, mix 2.5 cups of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate, 8-10 drops of rose essential oil (depending on how fragrant you want your blend to be), and the dried rose petals.
Blend all together until desired consistency is reached. Pour the blend into a jar and use it as desired.
This is the easiest of all the recipes; it literally takes a body moisturizer with no fragrance and the essentials oil of your preference to make it work.
Make sure to check out more information about dilution before starting.
Generally, a good dilution of essential oil in lotion is 10 drops of essential oil per each 30ml or grams or fluid.
Pregnant or lactating women need to always be careful when it comes to using essential oils in general. It is best to always consult your gynecologist beforehand.
This includes almost everything anyone needs to know about aromatherapy before starting to embrace it as part of their lifestyle.
Much more is coming up in the next articles of this series so keep you’re an eye out for that. 😉
Now, send this to someone you would want to see pamper themselves with these recipes, or anyone who has always wanted to know more about what Aromatherapy is and what it is used for.