Using Aromatherapy for Relaxation
Combining the right essential oils with relaxing aromatherapy techniques can help you and your friends to unwind after even the most stressful day.
Many people’s first experiences with aromatherapy are for relaxation, using bath oils or scented candles. You’ll soon realise that as well as easing tension, aromatherapy can help to prevent stress from building up in the first place.
Choosing the right oils – In order to relax fully with aromatherapy, it’s important to pick the right oils and use them in the most efficient way. Use fragrances that bring pleasant images to mind. The psychological effects of the oil’s scent is as important to relaxation as its active ingredients.
At the end of a tiring day you’ll need deep relaxation, such as a long soak in the bath, accompanied by a slow burning, scented candle. To calm down after an argument, a short sharp shock is better, in which case apply oil to a pulse point or to a handkerchief for inhalation.
After a long and hectic day, fill your senses with relaxing aromas to help you unwind.
Relaxing Oils Blending Chart
Choose at least one oil from each of the top note, middle note and base note columns for each blend. As middle and base notes have the most relaxing properties, these should form the main ingredients of your aromatherapy blend.
To Relax Tense Muscles
– Top Note – Basil, cajeput, eucalyptus, lemon
– Middle Note – Aniseed, lavender, marjoram, rosemary
– Base Note – Benzoin, clove, frankincense, ginger
To Relax Frayed Muscles
– Top Note – Bergamot, clary sage
– Middle Note – Geranium, mandarin
– Base Note – Cedarwood, neroli, ylang ylang
To Relax You For Sleep
– Top Note – Clary sage, basil, thyme
– Middle Note – Chamomile, juniper, lavender, majoram, Melissa
– Base Note – Neroli, sandalwood, ylang ylang