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  • {VIDEO} Aromatherapy DIY

    by Kortney Campbell on December 18, 2012

    Remember Andrea from last weeks awesome Essential Living giveaway? Well she’s back today giving us an inside peek (literally – there’s a video below) of one of the recipes from her book!

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    Aromatherapy is all about the therapeutic use of essential oils—highly aromatic substances that occur naturally in plants. Essential oils are made up of naturally occurring chemical components that have all sorts of therapeutic properties. Through decades of research, scientists have identified hundreds of these chemical components and learned what they do. Some are antibacterial, some are sedative, and some are antispasmodic. These chemical components contribute to the overall effects of essential oils.

    Essential oils also affect people on emotional levels that can be harder to define through research. This is where the brain and sense of smell come in to play. We know that lavender essential oil has properties that calm the body—but we also know that the smell alone can be emotionally comforting and calming.

    Supporting Mental Health

    Essential oils can be used to support your emotional well-being and mental health in many ways. Sometimes it’s as simple as diffusing an aroma you love or wearing a blend with calming base notes when you meditate.

    When using essential oils for your mood, rely on a combination of basics and the way they make you feel. For example, citrus aromas are naturally bright, airy and uplifting while deep base notes from resins are calming, centering and grounding. While we can identify through experience and science that certain essential oils have certain effects on your emotional state, it still comes down to individual experience and response. You may end up tweaking these blends or creating your own blends to help you focus, reduce negative feelings or to calm down in times of anxiety.

    Focus & Concentration Inhaler

    Makes:
    One therapeutic aromatherapy inhaler

    Ingredients:

    • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
    • 10 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

    Tools:

    • One blank aromatherapy inhaler

    Directions:

    • Add drops directly to the blank cotton component of the aromatherapy inhaler.
    • Attach lid carefully.

    Notes: Use while working or studying to assist with focus and concentration.

    If you haven’t already gotten your copy of Andrea’s book, be sure to do so! It is packed full of so many amazing recipes for life and home!

    About Kortney Campbell

    I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Dee December 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Her book is on my Christmas Wish List. :)

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    Yolanda December 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Andrea is an excellent instructor and has a ton of knowledge concerning the therapeutic uses of essential oils. I also use essential oil inhalers daily for immune support and emotional well being.

    Yolanda

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