Winter weather often makes us feel depressing. The sun a little, and then not seen. At heart sadly, the mood falls. But one need only look at a rose, or fresh-blown hyacinth or smell of these flowers, as the Blues immediately evaporates. This is understandable: at a moment when we inhale any aroma, he gets to the part of the brain which is responsible mainly for our mood, namely in the limbic system.
The sense of smell is directly connected with our senses. Floral, fruity or resinous aroma helps plants to attract pollinating insects, and to maintain health and to improve health.
Plant scents can invigorate, to revive, to calm, some of them have analgesic properties and are capable of different levels to harmonize body, spirit and soul. Usually we smell through the nose. But their beneficial effect they have in other ways.
Relaxing and energizing oil
To prepare the oil of roses and lavender you will need: and the following essential oils:
- 7 drops of lavender
- 5 drops ylang ylang
- 2 drops rose
- 2 drops of Myrtle
- bottle with lid
Ingredients for the citrus oil:essential oil:
- 6 drops of lime
- 7 drops red orange
- 6 drops of grapefruit
- 4 drops of mountain pine
Preparation:a Little carrier oil (almond or jojoba) mix together in a glass or porcelain bowl with essential oils. The recipe is only a basis. Adding or reducing the amount of essential oils can make a massage oil according to your taste.
Recommended quantities:20-30 drops of essential oils per 100 ml, or 4-6 drops in 20 ml carrier oil. When the flavor will match your views, add the remaining base oil and pour the mixture into the bottle.
After a long, busy day with a soft massage with oil of roses and lavender relaxes and soothes. A citrus oil, on the contrary, has an activating and stimulating effect.
Using distiller you can prepare hydrolat (flavored water). They contain water-soluble odorous substances of a plant and are used for Facials or as air fresheners for rooms.
Even easier to use a knife to peel, which is the separation of the peel of oranges or lemons in it destroys the oil-bearing cells. Highlighted the essential oil in the aroma lamp reveals its fruity flavor.
The natural protective forces of the body
About how every day we can use essential oils to maintain good health, says Andrea Tellmann, physician, herbalist, Professor of the Freiburg school of medicinal herbs and certified aromatherapist.
"It is important to know that essential oils are not used in pure form, but diluted vegetable oils, sour cream, cream, mud, honey. Because of the fine structure of the "esters" fall through the nose into the brain, and inhalation through the mouth (during inhalation) through the mucous in the bronchi and by rubbing into the skin, into the bloodstream, spreading throughout the body.
In some oils the composition is so complex that science often has information only about the half of them. But we know that almost all essential oils have bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties. Before applying oils, consult a doctor".
How to recognize a high quality product?
Not everywhere where it says "essential oil", present it. Marking on the label is often misleading, so when purchasing, please note what is written on the bottle. A Testament to the quality of the product is the inscription "100% natural essential oil", despite the fact that the emphasis is on the word "natural". This legally binding labelling guarantees the authenticity of the product. If the packaging says "natural" or "pure essential oil" it is either a synthetic product or a mixture of essential oils. Synthetic oils are not suitable for use in medicinal purposes.The base oil
For making massage oils and liniments need basis, easily mixed with essential oils and provides the skin with valuable and essential nutrients. In addition to the homemade calendula oil (recipe below) as the base used, in particular jojoba oil. It is extracted from the seed of the shrub jojoba (simmondsia Chinese). Not very oily, takes care of the skin and almost doesn't go rancid. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and protects the skin from moisture loss. Almond oil — a light, delicate — produced from the kernels of sweet almonds. It can be used for sensitive baby skin. It contains in addition to vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E are also numerous minerals and trace elements.Calendula oil Calendula oil heals wounds and soothes the skin
. Cook it very simple.
You will need:
- 100 ml sunflower or olive oil
- 20 g of fresh or dried flowers of calendula
- the Bank of transparent glass
Preparation:There are two methods of getting the oil out of the calendula.
1. Cold method. Calendula flowers and oil, place in a glass jar, put in a bright, warm place, such as on a windowsill, and leave for 2-3 weeks. At expiration oil strain.
2. Hot method. Calendula flowers and oil, place in a saucepan and heat on low heat for 30 minutes (the flowers should not be transparent!).
The mixture was then strain through a fine sieve or coffee filter.
Adding essential oils of juniper (7 drops), rosemary (5 drops) and bergamot (4 drops), you will receive a healing oil that improves blood circulation. It can also be used as the basis for the preparation of ointment made from calendula.
Anti-inflammatory and nourishing calendula ointment
You will need:
- 100 ml oil of calendula
- 15 g of beeswax (purchased at a pharmacy or specialty store)
- jars for ointment
- essential oils, such as lemon mint, lavender and roses
Preparation:1. Heat the oil.
2. Take the beeswax and add to heated oil.
3. Stir the mixture until the wax is completely melted.
4. The oil then cool slightly and add essential oils: 8 drops of lemon peppermint, 6 drops lavender, 2 drops rose.
5. Mix and put in clean jars, cool completely, then well ocuparte.
Application:the Ointment of calendula softens rough skin (including lips), has anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing.
Fragrances vs Blues
In the home for scenting with essential oils is sold in stores aromatic stones you can use pieces of bark, cones, dried flowers and roots of plants. With its spicy scent of mountain pine, the stone pine and the Myrtle is very well suited for these purposes.
Preparation:the Collected materials are beautifully arrange in a bowl, basket or dish. Physalis or a similar bright color spots noticeably enliven a decorative composition.
Application:cones, pieces of bark or the roots put a few drops of essential oil. Depending on the area of the premises will take 5-10 drops of oil. Resinous aromas purify and strengthen the respiratory tract.
Oil of anise, fir and pine trees will protect you from viruses, will refresh the air in the house. And citrus essential oils is antidepressants, can quickly improve the mood.
Refreshing scent to the room
For the preparation of hydrolate (fragrant water) you will need:
- one handful of fresh or dry rosemary
- a pot of coffee hot spring type
- essential oils: 4 drops lime, red, orange, cedar pine, 2 drops of Myrtle
- the bottle is dark glass spray bottle
Preparation:fill a Pot with water to the maximum level. Rosemary leaves detach from the branches and fill their office with the filter.
Put the coffee pot on the fire and let the water boil. Hot steam will filter out water-soluble odorous substances. The process was repeated two or three times, as a result, the flavor will be more intense.
Chilled oily and combination aromatizante the above essential oils and pour into bottle with a sprayer.
Application:In the heating season of refreshing perfumes have beneficial effects on people suffering from dry mucous membranes.
Natural remedy for skin care Lyceum will need:
- 3 tbsp. mud
- a little water or jojoba oil
- 3 drops of lavender oil
Preparation:Place the clay in a small container.
Add water or jojoba oil, mix. Add the essential oil.
The consistency of the mixture should be easily distributed on the skin.
Application:apply the Mask evenly on face avoiding areas around mouth and eyes. Hold for 10-15 minutes, then rinse. This mask smoothes the skin, makes it smooth and improves blood circulation. After the mask, apply a moisturizer.
You can use a different color clay, depending on the type of person. Pink is suitable for all skin types, smoothes wrinkles, improve contour. Blue prevents the formation of pimples. White is good for oily and combination skin. The red — sensitive and prone to allergies. Black, an antioxidant, and it is well tightens pores.