The lead up to Christmas can be a stressful time, with so many of us juggling commitments such as work and family with the added pressures of the festive season. September also tends to be a time of year when we are more vulnerable to coughs and colds, so may well struggle with rest and relaxation. I wanted to share some essential oil blends that can be used in the home at this time of year, to help us feel that little bit brighter.
I am using essential oils from Amphora Aromatics, who have a lovely selection of oils and accessories suitable for use around the house:
Relaxing bath – Add five to ten drops of your choice of relaxing essential oil to a tablespoon of full fat cream or milk. Lavender, chamomile and marjoram all work well here, you can use just one oil or a mix of several, just make sure the overall amount of essential oils stays the same. I put the cream in to an empty jar, add the essential oils and shake it vigorously to ensure that the oils disperse well in the bath. You could also add some Epsom salts to the bath for an even more relaxing experience.
To get your brain in gear – When I have a tight deadline, or am working late I like to use a stimulating oil to help me focus. A simple essential oil burner is perfect for this, but if you have one an electric diffuser is also great. Some of my favourite essential oils in this category are eucalyptus, perfect for clearing the air. Rosemary, which is great for mental clarity and peppermint which is lovely and fresh and always helps my me when my head is feeling a little fuzzy.
Calming blends – I like to mix two or three oils and pop it in my burner about an hour before bed, this really sets the tone for the evening and is lovely to do this just before I start my skincare routine too. Some favourites here include Lavender (make sure it is lavandula angustifolia as other types of lavender can be stimulating and not relaxing!), chamomile which has a lovely sweetness and mandarin which is a very gentle citrus. You can experiment with your blends to discover which oils work best together and more importantly which ones you really enjoy.
Breathe easy – If you have been struck down with a cold, popping some essential oils in a bowl of hot water as a steam inhalation treatment can be useful. I like to use Eucalyptus or peppermint as the both have decongestant properties. Just remember that eucalyptus can be quite a potent essential oil and not suitable for children. Cover your head with a towel and inhale for around five minutes, alternatively these oils can also be added to a diffuser.
If you prefer to buy premade blends of essential oils, see my review of the Amphora Aromatics sleep blend here. You can shop Amphora Aromatics extensively supplies of aromatherapy oils and accessories here.