Combining Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Delight the Senses
From Nature's Alchemy
Since time began, scents have been used to enhance, soothe or excite the spirits. What is more evocative than than a drift of rose petals on the breeze, or the bracing freshness of piney woods? Chamomille can conjure up tea, home and comfort, while basil can evoke greenness, freshness and spring.
For centuries, botanical essential oils - highly concentrated aromatic oils found in herbs, flowers and trees - have been used to annoint the body, ease the sting of a wound, assure a sound sleep, or turn a simple bath into a rejuvenating or relaxing experience. These feather-light, non-greasy oils can be dissolved in alcohol or mixed with other pure vegetable oils to become a unique part of our personal cure regimen.
From religious ceremonies to beauty rituals, essential oils were an integral part of everyday life for our ancestors. The medieval Persian physician Avicenna developed the distillation techniques for extracting these delicate, readily evaporating oils from plants.
Suggested Uses of Essential Oils
Combine essential oils with special message techniques to relieve stress, soothe the skin or help ease congestion. Many books on aromatherapy techniques can quide you in choosing the right oils to meet your needs.
Give your favorite unscented lotions, bath oils, creams and hair care products an exotic lift by mixing in a touch of essential oil. Or give your hair and scalp a refreshing conditioning treatment by placing a few drops of rosemary or lavender oil directly on your natural bristle hairbrush (which also conditions and protects the bristles).
Create a festive mood around the holidays or a scented mood for spring by "decorating" your home with the fragrance of essential oils. Potpourri, incense, candles and herbal fragrance pillows make unique personalized gifys. Include a small bottle of essential oils with your potpourri gift, so the recipient can refresh the mixture throughout the year.
Enjoy that Sunday picnic or evening outdoor concern without using harsh chemical sprays. A number of oils, such as citroella, have long been valued for their natural insect-repelling properties. Just blend a few drops of essential oil into an unscented vegetable oil and rub on your skin or on your clothes.
Refreshing Citrus Mineral Bath
The familiar aromas of citrus oils are pleasantly sweet and uplifting. Combine and add to bath for a spa quality experience.
- 3 tbls sea salt
- 2 tbls sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- 1 tbls borax
- 6 drops tangerine
- 5 drops lemon
- 7 drops lavender
- 2 drops chamomille
From Nature's Alchemy