As #BossLadies we know that no woman is just plain black-and-white; but rather full colour, full aroma, full blast expression! And we are here to celebrate every aspect of this wondrous woman’s world that is ours. One way to express your glorious #BossLadyness is to tap into the sensual powers of essential oils. Aromatherapy is the art of tapping into the wisdom and healing gifts through the scent of nature’s pharmacy. We’ll start our journey with some basics, and dive deeper over the coming weeks.
Essential oils are extracted from the leaves, flowers, bark, seeds and roots of various aromatic plants. The most commonly used method to extract the oils from these plants is distillation. This means that heat, steam and water are used to extract the essential oils. Because the extracted essential oil is highly concentrated, just a few drops can have powerful benefits for you.
DID YOU KNOW: It takes 75 lemons to produce 15mls of lemon essential oil. It takes more than 1 cubic meter of lavender flowers to produce 15mlS of lavender essential oil, and 30kgs of rose petals to produce 15mlS of rose essential oil!!
All the healing qualities of the plant are concentrated into the essential oil. This gives you a wonderful home based pharmacy, aka aromatherapy. You can treat a wide range of everyday ailments, both physical and emotional, with aromatherapy. Like the well know tea tree oil, whose antiseptic and antibiotic properties can stop a pimple in its tracks; through to the sensual, aphrodisiac properties of exotic ylang ylang oil.
Because of this very high concentration it is important to use aromatherapy oils with caution.
HOW TO USE AROMATHERAPY OILS
- You can use some oils can directly onto your skin. But other oils need to be diluted into a carrier base like sweet almond oil or shea butter, before applying them.
- Some of oils that are safe to use neat (undiluted) are lavender, tea tree, sandalwood, frankincense, ginger, cypress, eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, roman chamomile, patchouli and ylang ylang. So you can have fun creating your own signature perfume using a blend of these.
I like to mix 3 drops of ylang ylang, 2 drops of rose oil and 2 drops of patchouli for a heavenly signature perfume, which I dab on my wrists and behind my ears. AND I always get compliments on how gorgeous my perfume is!
- You should always test a new oil with a drop at the sensitive skin at your inner elbow. If you have no redness, itching or swelling after a few hours it is safe to use the oil neat. Even then, you should always use one or two drops at a time, and no more.
- You can add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser. This is also a wonderful way for you to use oils for the benefit of your whole family, or office ;-).
- You can take one or two drops of the right, high quality oil, orally. But do not try this at home. Rather, work with an accredited aromatherapist as this is powerful medicine.
- You can mix essential oils into a variety of bases to create wonderful personal care products. You can make your own lip balm, moisturizer, and even household cleaners.
Using aromatherapy oils safely and responsibly
As long as you keep in mind how highly concentrated essential oils are, you will be reminded to use them sparingly.
- Some oils, mostly the citrus oils, like bergamot, orange, lemon and neroli, are photosensitizing. Which means that they may cause that area of your skin to darken if exposed to sunlight. So, don’t apply these oils before spending the day in the sun.
- Some oils are wonderfully supportive during pregnancy. But generally, it is best to stay away from essential oils when you are pregnant. Work with an accredited aromatherapist if you’d like to use oils to enhance and support your pregnancy.
- You can use oils for your children. But be sure to dilute them even more. 1 drop of essential oil to 100 drops of carrier oil is a safe dilution. Although, a drop or two of neat lavender oil under your child’s pillow can be a great bedtime soother.
- The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has a comprehensive article on essential oil safety if you’d like to know more.
Here are two of our #BossLady favourite blends. One to get you up and slaying at the start of your day, and one to help you let go of the day’s busy-ness, and surrender to the sweetness of deep, restorative sleep. Enjoy!
#BOSSLADY WAKE UP AND SHAKE UP, HIGH ENERGY BLEND
#BOSSLADY NIGHTY NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT BLEND
Do you have a favourite blend? Let us know in the comments below how you power up your day with essential oils. Happy blending!