Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Precautions

Aromatherapy is a very safe and easy therapy to use, but keep in mind that there are certain precautions:

– Remember to wash your hands after applying aromatherapy massage;

– Do not apply the essential oils in their pure form as they may cause an allergic reaction.  Instead, use blends that contain 2-5% essential oils diluted in good-quality cold-pressed oil;

-After using citrus oils, like for example lemon, verbena, bergamot, orange etc. avoid direct sun exposure, even up t0 8 hours after the treatment

– Do not apply oils after surgery (unless you have consulted with a doctor) or on open wounds or rashes of unknown origin;

– Do not use the oils after chemotherapy (unless suggested by a doctor);

– Keep the oils away from the eyes and mucus membranes;

– Use the oils only topically (unless you have consulted with an aromatherapist who specializes in phytoaromatherapy);

– Avoid rosemary, thyme, Spanish and common sage, fennel and hyssop if you suffer from high blood pressure;

– Do not apply the treatments described in this book on babies or infants. It doesn’t mean that aromatherapy can never be used on babies and infants, but extremely low concentrations should be used.  Always consult with a medical or naturopathy doctor first;

– After an aromatherapy massage always remember to wash your hands;

– Make sure that you research the brand, read safety instructions for each individual oil you buy/use and check the expiration date;

– Store your blends in dark glass bottles, preferably in a cool, dry and dark place and remember to use within a maximum of one month after mixing.

 

Avocado and Banana Facial Mask

Avocados are known for their high vitamin E content and therefore are an incredibly effective natural moisturizer for the skin. Bananas, as with avocados, are high in potassium and antioxidants both of which promote the regeneration and repair of muscle fiber and tissues. This mask is a wonderful option when you are looking to both hydrate your skin and fight the signs of aging as the moisturizing benefits from the avocado in conjunction with the high potassium levels of both ingredients will work as one to help plump up the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by skin dehydration.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 Small ripe banana, peeled

Instructions:

  • Place the avocado and banana into a mixing bowl
  • Mash the avocado and banana together to form a smooth paste
  • Cleanse your face by means of your usual cleansing routine
  • Apply the avocado and banana facial mask to your face and neck, extending all the way down to your décolletage.
  • Leave the mask on until it begins to dry and harden
  • Gently remove the mask by wiping away at it with a dampened cotton wool pad
  • Follow with your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine.

Coconut Oil and Melissa Essential Oil Facial Mask

The hyposensitive and calming properties of the Melissa essential oil make it a great addition to any facial product that is intended for use on sensitive skin, or skin that is prone to allergic reactions. Melissa essential oil is also useful in the treatment of acne prone skin or skin that is suffering from some kind of contact dermatitis. The coconut oil provides a gentle, yet effective means of moisturization and hydration which is something that sensitive skins very often lack, particularly in dry climates.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • ½ Teaspoon (2,5ml) Melissa Essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the extra virgin coconut oil and Melissa essential oil into a mixing bowl and mix well
  • Cleanse your face and neck by means of your usual cleansing routine
  • Apply coconut oil and Melissa essential oil facial mask to your face and neck, extending down to your décolletage.
  • Leave the mask on for approximately fifteen minutes
  • Gently remove the mask by wiping away at it with a dampened cotton wool pad
  • Follow with your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine.

 

Avocado, Honey and Burdock Root Facial Mask

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Burdock root has been traditionally used in the ancient art of healing known as Ayurvedic Medicine, which is a medicinal system that is native to India and the sub-content. Ayurvedic practice uses burdock root to treat skin conditions such as rashes, acne, abscesses, local skin infections, eczema and psoriasis. The Ayurvedic philosophy believes burdock root to be one of nature’s greatest skin cleansers. The combination of burdock root and honey in this facial mask make it a wonderful homemade, non-evasive option for treating acne-prone skin. By using avocado as a base, you are also providing the skin with a great source of moisturization that won’t leave any excess oil on the skin once cleaned off.

Ingredients:

  • ½ of a small ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 Teaspoon (5ml) Raw organic honey
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5ml) Raw burdock root, finely grated

Instructions:

  • Place the avocado, honey and grated burdock root a mixing bowl and mix well
  • Cleanse your face and neck by means of your usual cleansing routine
  • Apply the avocado, honey and burdock root facial mask to your face and neck, extending down to your décolletage.
  • Leave the mask on for approximately fifteen minutes
  • Gently remove the mask by wiping away at it with a dampened cotton wool pad
  • Follow with your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine.

 

Coconut Oil and Melissa Essential Oil Facial Mask

The hyposensitive and calming properties of the Melissa essential oil make it a great addition to any facial product that is intended for use on sensitive skin, or skin that is prone to allergic reactions. Melissa essential oil is also useful in the treatment of acne prone skin or skin that is suffering from some kind of contact dermatitis. The coconut oil provides a gentle, yet effective means of moisturization and hydration which is something that sensitive skins very often lack, particularly in dry climates.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • ½ Teaspoon (2,5ml) Melissa Essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the extra virgin coconut oil and Melissa essential oil into a mixing bowl and mix well
  • Cleanse your face and neck by means of your usual cleansing routine
  • Apply coconut oil and Melissa essential oil facial mask to your face and neck, extending down to your décolletage.
  • Leave the mask on for approximately fifteen minutes
  • Gently remove the mask by wiping away at it with a dampened cotton wool pad
  • Follow with your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine.

 

Coconut Oil and Orange Essential Oil Hair Treatment

Due to the amazing properties of orange essential oil such as anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, it is a natural antiseptic, a carminative, can have a sedative-like effect; it makes a wonderful addition to a homemade hair treatment. The benefits of the orange essential oil can be taken advantage of more efficiently by means of application to the scalp, particularly when we think of the anti-depressant and carminative properties of this particular essential oil. Together with the moisturizing and repairing advantages of the application of pure extra virgin coconut oil has to your hair; the orange essential oil adds a punch of cellular repairing anti-oxidants that are naturally occurring within this essential oil. One of the most pleasant things about this particular hair treatment is the comforting citrus fragrance that is brought on by the addition of the orange essential oil.

Ingredients for this Hair Treatment:

  • 1 Cup (250ml) Extra Virgin Coconut oil, preferably in its solid state
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Orange essential oil

Instructions to make the hair treatment:

  • In a mixing bowl that you have set aside for use with non-food items, mix together the extra virgin coconut oil and the orange essential oil
  • This hair treatment can be stored in a recycled glass jar and used as and when desired.

To Use this Hair Treatment:

1       Wash your hair as per your normal shampooing method, but leave out the conditioning step

2       Once you have dried off from your shower, comb out your hair

3       Take a generous amount of the coconut oil and orange essential oil hair treatment, preferably in its more solid state, and warm it in between the palms of your hands

4       Work the coconut oil and orange essential oil hair treatment through your hair from root to tip

5       Comb your hair out once again.

6       If you have long hair it will make life easier to braid it and pin it up with hair grips

7       Leave the coconut oil and orange essential oil hair treatment in your hair for twenty-four hours before rinsing out and following with your usual shampooing and conditioning routine. You might have to shampoo twice in order to make sure that all the coconut oil has been sufficiently washed out of your hair.

 

Coconut Oil Facial Mask with Orange Essential Oil

Coconut oil is another of those super food ingredients that has benefits for the body from both within and without. Since coconut oil is high in healthy unsaturated fats it makes for an incredibly efficient and cost-effective skin moisturizer that doesn’t leave the skin feeling oily and unclean. Orange essential oil is known for its anti-aging properties and is high in anti-oxidants, making this combination an incredibly good source of age-defying natural ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Extra virgin coconut oil, preferably in its more solid state
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) Orange essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the coconut oil and the orange essential oil in a mixing bowl and mix together well
  • Cleanse your face and neck by means of your usual cleansing routine
  • Apply the coconut oil and orange essential oil facial mask to your face and neck, extending down to your décolletage.
  • Leave the mask on for approximately fifteen minutes
  • Gently remove the mask by wiping away at it with a dampened cotton wool pad
  • Follow with your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine.

 

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Pure extra virgin coconut oil makes a wonderful yet simple homemade hair treatment without any serious effort. This recipe has only one ingredient and that is extra virgin coconut oil, which has amazing and very efficient moisturizing properties that are easily absorbed by the hair. Extra virgin coconut oil makes a wonderful, cost effective and easy to use hair treatment for hair that is dry and damaged due to excessive styling and coloring; it is also great to treat hair that is taking strain within hot and dry climates. This treatment will leave your hair feeling hydrated and soft and it is recommended that you use this particular treatment on your hair at least once a month, especially in the case of excessive styling and coloring.

To Use this Treatment:

1       Wash your hair as per your normal shampooing method, but leave out the conditioning step

2       Once you have dried off from your shower, comb out your hair

3       Take a generous amount of coconut oil, preferably in its more solid state, and warm it in between the palms of               your hands

4       Work the coconut oil through your hair from root to tip

5       Comb your hair out once again.

6       If you have long hair it will make life easier to braid it and pin it up with hair grips

7       Leave the coconut oil in your hair for twenty-four hours before rinsing out and following with your usual shampooing and conditioning routine. You might have to shampoo twice in order to make sure that all the coconut oil has been sufficiently washed out of your hair.

 

Epsom Salt and Eucalyptus Essential Oil Body Scrub

Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its ability to aid in the release of stiff and sore muscles, therefore when combined with the high magnesium content of the Epsom salt it makes for a wonderful body scrub option after a seriously hard training session. This body scrub can be used in both the shower and the bath, but if you are using it especially for its muscle relaxing properties then it will be best used in conjunction with a long hot soak in the bath. Due to the positive effects that eucalyptus essential oil has on the respiratory system, this body scrub can also be used while recovering from an infection respiratory system; and will also be very helpful as a facial exfoliator in this instance, particularly around the nose and sinus areas of the face.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup (250ml) Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the Epsom salt and the eucalyptus essential oil into a mixing bowl that you have set aside for use with non-food items
  • Mix the Epsom salt and the eucalyptus essential oil together
  • To use this body scrub on your body, take a handful of body scrub and rub over damp skin while in the shower. Make sure that you rinse all the body scrub off of your skin thoroughly before continuing with your usual body cleansing routine.
  • To use the body scrub as a facial exfoliator, take a golf ball sized amount of the body scrub and warm it up by rubbing it between the palms of your hands. Rub the now warmed-up body scrub over your face and neck, extending down to your décolletage. Make sure you have rinsed all the body scrub off of your face thoroughly before continuing with your usual facial cleansing and moisturizing routine.
  • This body scrub can be stored in a recycled glass jar and used as and when desired.

 

Epsom Salt and Juniper Berry Essential Oil Body Scrub

Juniper berry essential oil is known for its health benefiting properties such as; it is an antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, calmative, and a diuretic. With its anti-rheumatic properties juniper berry oil will be a great addition to Epsom salt to make a body scrub mixture that will help relieve aching, tired joints and muscles making this body scrub combination another great addition to your after-training soak.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup (250ml) Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the Epsom salt into a mixing bowl
  • Add the juniper berry essential oil
  • Mix together well, so that all the Epsom salt crystals are well coated with the juniper berry essential oil
  • Place the body scrub mixture into a glass Mason jar and use as desired.