Essential Oils for Love, Healing, and Relaxation
This month we will be calling attention to a few chosen essential oils with suggestions on how to best use them. Essential oils are at their finest used in minute quantities. They are highly potent and less is more in many cases with them. Adding a scent component to your life through essential oils can be subtly mood and health elevating during our long winter months.
Jasmine is good as an anti- depressant. Add one drop on a handkerchief or cotton ball which you can carry in your pocket and smell throughout the day for a euphoric feeling. This is an incredibly precious oil.
Dill is a nice oil to diffuse to help counteract mental agitation and frayed nerves. It may assist with sleep and is very good for the sensitive among us!
Spike Lavender is more anti- bacterial than other types of lavender. Add a couple drops to laundry in the washing machine for extra cleaning power and fresh smelling laundry.
Lavender True French 30 ml is a high-quality relaxing oil, high in linalool, the relaxing component in lavender and good for calming. It’s ok for most to apply directly to the skin. Add 2-3 drops to your bath before bed. Think of it like wine; Lavender True French (30 ml) is like the finest of wines (of lavender essential oils.)
Rosemary Verbenone is a gentle variety of Rosemary used to stimulate hair growth. Add 5-7 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil, massage into scalp, let oil absorb for at least an hour before gently washing scalp/hair with natural shampoo.
Vanilla is a type of orchid. For a sweet loving feeling put 2-4 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil. I like Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oils. Massage on body.
Rose Otto can be a wonderful oil to assist with self-love and in times of grief. Add 2-3 drops to a teaspoon of unscented cream or oil. Rub on chest over heart area as an act of nurturing to the self.
Petitgrain is a great oil for balancing complicated emotions and enhancing feelings of well-being. It works well in a perfume blend, blending well with Rose Geranium, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman or German (blue) Chamomile, Sandalwood, Neroli, Fir, Spruce and Mandarin.
Ylang Ylang III is known to reduce nervousness and help with PMS. Diffuse in air for sweet sedating scent. This is a bit of divisive oil. Some love it and some hate it. It’s highly floral: I love it.
Thyme Linalool is a strong anti-bacterial oil suitable for skincare, apply 2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply on blemishes.
Black Spruce smells like walking in a forest. Diffuse 3-4 drops in your environment to assist in stopping the spread of airborne infection.
Neroli is a psychologically uplifting oil. It is distilled from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Add a drop in a perfume blend. It blends well with Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Bergamot. It’s also a good oil for skincare.
The above 12 essential oils are on sale in the brand Divine Essence in February at The Big Carrot Danforth Community Market. Come check them out! Come into the store and compare the Lavender True french 30ml and Spike Lavender. They smell quite different from each other. Also, did you know that the Danforth location offers a special service to customers? Starting back in mid-February we are again offering Aromatherapy Self-Care tours with our on-staff Aromatherapist. Book in person or by phone in mid-February.
Note about safe usage: We do not recommend ingesting essential oils. Please use with caution around babies, young children, and pets.
Lisa Smolkin, resident aromatherapist at The Big Carrot Danforth Community Market