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Fast way to get festive
Not exactly feeling festive? At this busy time of year it’s easy to feel more stressed than spirited, which is why it’s more important than ever to take some time out to relax and revive. Incorporating essential oils into your weekly routine is a quick, easy, affordable and effective way to help you relax, and boost your mood.
Take the Sunspirit Harmony essential oil blend for example. It has an alluring fusion of 100% pure essential oils of sandalwood, geranium, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, lavender, ginger, and ylang ylang, which helps create a peaceful atmosphere. This fragrant essential oil blend has a calming effect on the mind and body, making it especially great for the hullabaloo of the festive season. For the ultimate indulgence add 5-10 drops to your bath and allow your skin and senses to absorb the healing blend.
Want more info on aromatherapy essential oils? We chat to aromatherapist, Maria Mitchell about how to best use essential oils…
Can you blend essential oils to create your own ‘signature’ blend?”¨
Yes, absolutely you can! For successful blending, I suggest you start with just two or three oils and add just a drop or two of each to start then adjust according to what you want to smell more. Aromas fall into groups such as citrus (lemon, orange, lime), woods (sandalwood, cedarwood), floral (rose, lavender, geranium), exotic (ylang ylang), earthy (patchouli, vetiver), and spice (ginger, black pepper). Combinations that can work well are citrus with spicy or wood aromas; woods with florals or exotics; and earthy with florals.”¨
Can essential oils be applied directly to the skin? If not, what do you need to dilute them with in order to do so?
Some essential oils can be applied directly to your skin but its best to leave that to trained aromatherapists (which is usually unnecessary and expensive). You can DIY by blending oils into an odourless cream base or vegetable oil base. Add five drops in total to every 10 grams of cream or 10 ml of vegetable oil, blend them well, and enjoy.
The cream base is best if it is made with vegetable oils, as mineral oils will stop the essential oils from penetrating into the skin. Some herbal creams would be great to use as a base, an example is calendula cream as it will nurture and nourish the skin while allowing the essential oils to penetrate.
What are your top three essential oils for relaxation?
Jasmine - a very beautiful floral oil that is reputed to connect your crown chakra and your base chakra. It’s a great essential oil for relaxation as it helps to still a busy mind.
Mandarin - a soft, gentle citrus oil that helps connect you to your inner child. It reminds you that life is not meant to be all work, there is meant to be some play too.
Sandalwood - this Australian wood has a long tradition of being used in temples as offering to the gods, to make incense sticks and to enhance the meditative state. It has a great grounding effect to help keep you steady and centered when life is flowing chaotically fast. ”¨
What are your top three essential oils for energising?”¨
Ginger - warming spicy and beautiful to use when you’re feeling exhausted and empty. It is a very nurturing energiser.
Peppermint - cooling, like a breath of fresh air when you’re feeling stale and woolly-headed.
Lime - a gentle, fresh energiser that opens the heart and helps you to see the beautiful things in life.
Win! To help celebrate the festive season we have four Sunspirit essential oil packs to give away. The packs are valued at over $60 and contain the Harmony oil blend and the Less Stress massage oil which embraces you with its calming mix of oils that help sooth tension headaches and release the stress from your whole body! For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, how you make things feel festive during the holiday season.
Competition closes midnight Saturday 10th December 2012.
How do you make things feel festive during the holiday season?