Whether it is the scent of chicken soup cooking down the hall, or the smell of fresh frangiapinis blooming on a tree we are constantly being effected by scents that surround us. Certain smells can trigger emotions and memories of events of past. Some scents can help us feel calm and relaxed.
Some of the essential oils that can be effective in making you feel calm are: Orange, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium.
Geranium oil is particularly good for the anxiety a woman may feel during her menstrual cycle.
Orange oil is known for giving a feeling of warmth and joy, while helping to calm down a nervous digestive system.
Lavender oil is believed to produce soothing, calming and sometimes can have a sedative effect.
Ylang-Ylang oil tends to have an overpowering floral scent, however, is very good for relieving stress.
All women are unique in their preferences and may react differently to different scents. So be sure to have a whiff before you purchase your oil. Choose the essential oils that suits you most and go with it. You may also want to change your scents from time to time depending on your mood or anxiety levels. You are not bound to the scents mentioned in this article, there is quite an array of oils to choose from.
The various methods to use essential oils are:
Bathing – while running a hot bath, add four to six drops of pure essential oils to a hot bath. You may choose to also use a dispersing agent such as milk or alcohol to help break up the oil on the water to protect your skin.
Steam Inhalation – add two or three drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water and breathe in the steam for a few minutes with a towel draped over your head to capture the steam with the essences.
Tissue or Pillow Inhalation – add two or three drops of essential oil to a tissue or pillow. Inhale the oil through your nose. This is a quick and easy way to get the effect of the scent. Lavender oil on the pillow tends to aid toward a good night’s sleep.
Massage – using 15 to 20 drops of pure essential oil in 1 ounce of massage oil base is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic ways to receive the aromatherapy benefits of the oils, along with the detoxification of the body through lymph drainage and the stimulation of the entire circulatory system.
Room Spray – add a tablespoon of scented oils to 7 ounces of distilled water into a spray bottle. In order to emulsify the oils, you should add either 90% isopropyl alcohol or 1 ounce of vodka to the mixture. You can use this to spray on bedding, linens, towels, and to help deodorize and disinfect the air.