We all love the sweet smell of pot pourri. If you have a rose garden, follow these simple steps and make your own.
Feeling stressed? Don't be, making your own salts for a hot, relaxing, lavender fragranced bath has never been simpler.
Aromatherapy only found its name in modern times, but it has been around for almost six thousand years. The system has a long and esteemed tradition and history, with the use of plants and their oils mentioned in the Bible and other historical annuls.
The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians have all used essential oils and plants in some shape or form throughout history, with the Egyptian physician, Imhotep, introducing them for bathing, massage, cosmetics and embalming.
Contemporary research has encouraged a recent upsurge in the use of essential oils, and, as a result, aromatherapy has scaled new heights as an alternative medicinal treatment, relaxant and cleanser in modern society. Aromatherapy now has an extensive following in the areas of, among others, pain relief for women in labour, the relief of pain caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients, the rehabilitation of heart attack victims, as well as in therapeutic massage and living environments.
Essential oils are not simple. They normally contain close to 100 chemical constituents, with each of these, however minor, performing a vital function in relieving pain or revitalising different areas of the body. They are fragrant and it is well-known that odours have a large impact on how we feel, and therefore bring immediate relief in many situations.
Essential oils differ greatly to other oils such as heavy cooking oil. They are lighter than water, highly flammable and evaporate easily which is why they are mixed with other ingredients in order to capture their full effectiveness. Because of their high concentration they are measured in drops, with a bottle of oil going a long way.
Aromatherapy has become a huge part of homeopathic medicine and can reduce doctor's bills significantly. The user is, however, encouraged to consult a specialist before using essential oils to treat a serious psychological or physical disorder so that proper steps in their use can be advised.
When guests first enter your home the first thing that greets them is the aroma. Essential oils are often used to create a homely atmosphere within the home.
Add 6-8 drops of your favourite scent to water in a diffuser or place the drops directly into a bowl of boiling water. Sweet orange, lemon and your favourite spice oil are especially good when diffused during the winter months for a refreshing, warming aroma.
Candles fragranced with essential oil can also be used to give the home a pleasant ambience and aroma. Other ways essential oils can be used around the home include...