Enhance your well-being at home with our room-by-room aromatherapy guide…
The living room is where the family comes together – it can be the venue for conversations (sometimes heated!) and tension on occasion. It’s therefore important to keep the energy in the space fresh and calming. “Rosemary gives clarity to the mind, while lemon is uplifting and refreshing, and will clear the air,” says skincare expert, Antonia Burrell.
A diffuser on a coffee table is a perfect way to release essential oils into the air or alternatively you could use an air spray. Inhale the fragrance and breathe deeply for a few breaths. Feel any negativity and tension wash away. There are many different essential oils you can use with your diffuser or burner, depending on the mood in the room and how you are feeling. “For strength and purity, frankincense, Arabian or Silver Fir (Abies Alba) are all great,” says Maris Vahaste from Primavera.
“The benefits of these essential oils are strength, purity and energy. The Silver Fir scent is fresh, woody and green, while Frankincense is sweet and balsamic. If these scents are too ‘outdoorsy’, then add a citrus oil such as orange. Orange is uplifting and brings fruity, fresh warmth to the room that will keep spirits brightened.” When feeling stressed, follow this simple exercise: “When sitting down on the sofa or floor, take a deep breath in, putting your hands on your tummy as you breathe in,” says Antonia. “Your tummy should be pushing outwards with the intake of air. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out for 10 seconds, pressing on your tummy to assist with exhalation of air. Do this three times. This 30 seconds of deep breathing is simple to do, but amazing.”
The bathroom is a very important place in your home – it’s where you refresh, rejuvenate and recharge your batteries for another day, or where you can close the door and unwind after a long day. There’s a wealth of aromatherapy-related products that you can use in your bath and shower for a spa-like experience. Sprinkle some dried lavender, salts or flowers in your tub, use a few drops of shower oil while taking a shower, or light a candle in the room to enhance your washing ritual.
Depending on how you feel, the following essential oils can be very effective:
• Peppermint, basil and eucalyptus (for lifting your mood)
• Lavender and chamomile (for promoting a good night’s sleep)
• Geranium and rosemary (for calming and relieving stress)
“Magnesium flakes can provide a soothing effect, too. After a long day, a handful of flakes in the bath will help ease any tension, calm and detoxify the skin,” says Antonia. “Magnesium flakes help relax the muscles down and is like having a hammam in your own house. Stay in the bath for about 20 minutes – it works a treat!”
More than just a place for sleep, the bedroom is where you can relax, perhaps talk to your lover about your day, and make love, too. To enhance passion, burn some ylang-ylang incense, or light a candle with rose and ylang-ylang. “Ylang-ylang is the perfect aphrodisiac. It has a sweet, exotic and floral scent. If you’re not a fan of florals, citrus essential oils such as orange, bergamot or lemongrass can provide the room with some energy,” says Maris.
For rest and sleep, frankincense, chamomile and lavender can ease a restless mind. Spritz a pillow spray with these essential oils on your sheets and pillow before bed, and breathe to relieve any tension and stresses. Director of Absolute Aromas, Kay Tomlinson, says: “Most of us do not breathe properly. When we do, it sends a shower of feelgood chemicals around the body that are calming and soothing. When you inhale, allow the abdomen to rise, and when you exhale, let the abdomen fall. In the bedroom, lie down in a comfortable position and take long, slow deep breaths. Five minutes is all you need to induce a peaceful feeling. Enhance the experience further by diffusing an essential oil at the same time, as this will aid meditation and promote even deeper breathing.”
Use your kitchen as a place for aromatherapy too – don’t just limit it to bedrooms and living spaces. Using herbs in your cooking is an amazing way to manifest positive energies, depending on what you’d like to attract into your life. Use basil to bring prosperity, rosemary for luck, thyme to bring fairies into your life, and chamomile to rid your home of negative energies. “After you’ve washed up, put a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil with some lemon juice down the plughole to eradicate fatty smells. Or alternatively, drop the oils onto a paper towel and leave it in the sink to leave an aroma in the kitchen,” recommends Antonia.
Make your own pre-bedtime blend
Have a serene night using this blend of Primavera essential oils…
• Three drops of lavender • Five drops of orange • Three drops of bezoin • Three drops of rose • Five drops of cedar
Mix with 10ml jojoba oil and 20ml pomegranate oil and softly massage onto the feet, neck and palms before going to bed.
Create your own massage oil
Essential Oil Expert, Jo Kellett, from Tisserand, shows us how to make the ultimate de-stress blend for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Simply mix the following: • 25ml jojoba oil • One drop of neroli • Two drops of bergamot • Two drops of frankincense
Massage into the upper chest, neck and shoulders to relieve any tension.