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For centuries, healing, beauty treatment and body care has made use of aromatherapy. Essential oils are the most concentrated form of any botanical, providing a concentrated dose of nature's vast pharmacological ingredients in a single drop.
I believe that, like homeopathy, aromatherapy works primarily on an energetic level—especially when they are used as a scent only, rather than applied directly to the skin.
The following affordable aromatherapy essential oils are helpful for relaxation. If you are purchasing them, make sure that they are true essential oils and not perfume oils (which are artificial).
|Essential Oil||Mental/Emotional/Subtle Properties||Reputed Physical Properties|
|Lavender||Reduces stress, tension; anti-depressant; calming; helps with insomnia; relaxing||Strongly anti-inflammatory & antiseptic; cell regenerator, skin balancer; immune stimulant; good for all skin types; helps with headaches|
|Geranium||Calms nervous system; uplifting; balancing; good for stress; relaxing||Hormone balancer, skin softener; good for skin, esp. mature skin; helpful with menopause issues; immune stimulant|
|Orange||Balances stress; helps with insomnia; relaxing; restorative when you’re feeling “wiped out”||Helps treat dull, tired skin and acne; balances nervous system. Note: Stay out of the sun after using.|
|Tangerine||Calming; mood booster; helps with insomnia; helps with “wiped out” feeling; good for stress; relaxing||Balances nervous system; good for skin care. Note: Stay out of the sun after using.|
|Ylang Ylang||Anti-depressant; soothing; euphoric; helps when you’re feeling over-loaded; good for stress; relaxing||Good for skin care, esp. normal to dry skin; helps balance hormones|
|Patchouli||Antidepressant; good for stress; relaxing||Promotes cell regeneration, so good for all skin issues including acne, scars, and wrinkles; anti-inflammatory|
|Clary Sage||Helps with depression, migraine, nervous tension, fatigue, stress; mildly intoxicating, euphoric (therefore do not use while driving); aids creativity, relieves anxiety||Note: Do not use during pregnancy. Calming to the nervous system, lifts depression and stress, good for all female hormonal issues and imbalances, e.g. menopausal discomforts, painful periods, and post-partum depression. Helps with muscle pains, digestive disorders, and inflamed skin.|
Blend these EOs in a small glass container, and then use the blend in one of the ways described at the bottom of this section.
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