Aromatherapy-Recipes

Aromatherapy Recipes

Using herbs for creating delightful fragrances and pure cosmetics is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. The history of the ancient Egyptians is rich with references of the use of aromatic herbs and essential oils. Essential oils were used to adorn their bodies, maintain health, and as part of their religious ceremonies. The Greeks learned to use fragrant herbs from the Egyptians and relied upon imports from Egypt to supply many exotic oils. Hippocratic, the father of medicine, advised his patients to take a bath and massage daily with essential oils to maintain good health. Much of the knowledge and experience from these ancient cultures is still important to the formulation of cosmetics today.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are highly concentrated pure oils derived from herbs and flowers. Not all plants produce essential oils and they are present in different quantities in different plants. It takes about 12 lemons to produce an ounce of lemon essential oil and over 2000 pounds of rose petals to produce an ounce of rose essential oil.

Each essential oil has unique psychological influences and medicinal properties. Pure essential oils act upon the olfactory senses sending direct messages to the brain. The different aromas have the ability to produce changes in our emotions by triggering memories and the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are hormone-like chemicals that can produce gratifying sensations, euphoria and a sense of well-being.

Many essential oils contain the healing qualities of the plant and can be used to aid healing of cuts, wounds, burns, bacterial and fungal infections through topical application or inhalation.

Almost all essential oils should be diluted before use. Some are very irritating to the skin full strength. Never use essential oils internally without direction from your holistic doctor.

When you shop for essential oils make sure it is labeled pure essential oil. If the label says fragrance, aromatic oil, scented oil, or perfume you are probably buying a synthetic blend. Synthetic fragrances do not have the same aromatherapy properties as essential oils and may contain harmful chemicals.



BERGAMOT - Promotes confidence & courage. Eases tension, anxiety, worry and depression. Helps regulate menstrual cycle, relieve P.M.S. and menopause. Antiseptic properties aid skin problems such as acne. Helps heal cold sores. Caution: Increases photosensitivity: don't apply before exposure to direct sunlight.

CHAMOMILE - Gentle, calming, soothing. Eases depression, stress, anger and irritability. Aids insomnia. Soothes sensitive or irritated skin. Soothing massage for painful muscles or joints.

CLARY SAGE - Brings tranquillity to the mind and emotions, calms anxiety. Promotes deep sleep and vivid dreams. Helps regulate menstrual cycle and relieve P.M.S. Regenerates skin cells, excellent for skin care. Promotes hair growth. Don't use during pregnancy.

EUCALYPTUS - Purifies and clears negative energy. Helps alleviate grief and sorrow. Antiseptic and antimicrobial properties useful for respiratory infections.

JASMINE - Emotionally warming and uplifting. Stimulates creativity, imagination, fantasy and dreams. Eases depression, apathy, lack of confidence. Soothes and rehydrates skin.

LAVENDER - Brings clarity, peace of mind, emotional balance. Eases insomnia, depression, stress, impatience, worry and shock. Helps regulate menstrual cycle and relieve P.M.S.. Helps alleviate headaches. Strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties useful for burns & wounds, colds, flu, and skin irritations. May use undiluted.

LEMON - Promotes mental clarity and decisiveness. Energizing, brings cheer and humor into ones life. Digestive tonic. Aids healing of wounds and infections. Dilute before using. Caution: Increases photosensitivity: don't apply before exposure to direct sunlight.

ORANGE - Encourages trust, confidence, and tolerance. Bright and cheerful. Promotes friendly interactions with others. Relaxing and calming. Caution: Increases photosensitivity: don't apply before exposure to direct sunlight.

PATCHOULI - Encourages individuality, centeredness and stability. Alleviates fatigue, confusion and depression. Helps regenerate skin cells, useful for skin problems.

PEPPERMINT - Helps clear negative energy. Stimulates the mind, aids concentration and decisiveness. Helps relieve symptoms of cold and flu, aids digestion. Flavoring for herbal products such as breath freshener. Don't use during pregnancy.

ROSE - Awakens, inspires and brightens the heart. Enhances creativity and invokes appreciation of beauty and harmony. Relieves tension, depression, sadness and grief. Balances and regulates female reproductive system. Aids regeneration of skin cells, excellent for skin problems and general skin care.

ROSEMARY - Promotes self-confidence, courage. Stimulates mental clarity, memory, and creativity. Rejuvenates skin cells. Stimulates hair growth. Aids healing of wounds. Don't use during pregnancy.

SANDALWOOD - Quiets mind and emotions. Relaxing, calming, eases stress, tension and fear. Soothing, moisturizing and astringent for the skin.

TANGERINE - Inspires sensitivity and empathy. Brings cheer and light. Calms stress and tension. Caution: Increases photosensitivity: don't apply before exposure to direct sunlight.

TEA TREE - Antibacterial and antifungal oil useful for treating acne, cold sores, eczema, rashes, candida. Useful for many types of wounds, burns, and infections. May use full strength.

YLANG YLANG - Inspires creativity and appreciation for beauty. Euphoric, eases depression, calms nerves and soothes negative emotions. Eases P.M.S.. Stimulates hair growth. Balances oily skin.

From Aromatherapy Awareness Guide: The Therapeutic Benefits and Uses of Natural Essential Oils. By Legion of Light



PERFUME BLENDS

Many essential oils are wonderful fragrances all by themselves but you can have a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations to create your own perfume blends.

To create your own perfume you will need a base of distilled water, alcohol and distilled water, or oil. To mix an alcohol and water solution, mix equal parts of each. Vodka is preferred because it is odorless and less toxic than isopropyl alcohol. You will need to add 5-10 drops of essential oil to each ounce of base depending upon the strength of fragrance you prefer. Pour your base into a perfume bottle or atomizer leaving some room at the top. Add your essential oils and shake well.



The following are pleasant combinations using just two essential oils.

CHAMOMILE & LAVENDER

LAVENDER & ORANGE

PEPPERMINT & LAVENDER

ORANGE & BERGAMOT

LAVENDER & ORANGE

ROSEWOOD & LEMON




ANXIETY
UP-LIFTING

3 DROPS CLARY SAGE

4 DROPS LAVENDER

2 DROPS BERGAMOT

2 DROP ROSEMARY

2 DROPS GERANIUM

2 DROP GERANIUM

1 DROP CHAMOMILE

2 DROP LEMON

1 DROP YLANG YLANG




CALMING
ENERGIZING

3 DROP ROSEWOOD

4 DROPS GERANIUM

3 DROP LAVENDER

4 DROPS ROSEMARY

2 DROP CHAMOMILE

2 DROPS BERGAMOT

2 DROP YLANG YLANG

2 DROPS PEPPERMINT



PEACE
ENERGIZING


5 DROP SANDALWOOD

5 DROPS PEPPERMINT

5 DROP VANILLA

5 DROPS LEMON




UP-LIFTING
PEACE (more)

4 DROP LAVENDER

4 DROPS JASMINE

2 DROP CHAMOMILE

4 DROPS ROSE

2 DROP YLANG YLANG

2 DROP PATCHOULI

2 DROP CLARY SAGE



References and suggested readings:

Complete herbal guide to Natural Health and Beauty. Dian Dincin Buchman. Connecticut. Keats Publishing. 1995.

Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Ruth Winter. New York. Crown Publishers.1989.

Herb Book. John Lust. New York. Bantam Books. 1974.

Herbal Body Book. Stephanie Tourles. Vermont. Storey Publishing.1994.

Herbal Healing For Women. Rosemary Gladstar. New York. Fireside. 1993.

Home - Made and at a Fraction of the Cost. Polly Pinder. Kent. Search Press. 1983.

Jeanne Rose's Kitchen Cosmetics. Jeanne Rose. California. North Atlantic Books.1990.

Natural Beauty at Home. Janice Cox. New York. Henry Holt & Co. 1994

Natural Health : The Guide To Well - being. Jan/ Feb. 1995. Vol. 25. # 1. How to Use Gentle Herbs to Clean, Soothe, and Refresh Your Skin.. p. 72-77.

Skin Deep. Margaret Dinsdale. New York. Camden House publishing. 1994.

Way of Herbs. Michael Tierra,C.A., N.D.. New York. Pocket Books. 1990.