Relax with Essential Oils!

by Andrea Butje on April 21, 2014

Relaxing with essential oils and friendsThere are some great essential oils that encourage a calm state of mind, reduce stress and support sleep.

Here are a few ideas to help you relax with essential oils. We’ll start with a few great carriers that can be very soothing all on their own:

  • A massage oil with jojoba
  • A cream for before sleep
  • A bath salt for before bed
  • A linen spray for your pillow and sheets
  • A diffuser blend for the bedroom

And now for the essential oils! Pick your favorite blend below and add it to one of the carriers above to create your own personal relaxation product.

Emotionally uplifting and relaxing blend: Orange and Ylang Ylang
Deep earth aromas: Vetiver and Patchouli
Floral heaven: Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa and Lavender
The herb garden: Marjoram and Lavender

How many drops? Try about 10 drops total of essential oil per oz of carrier. Create these blends using the drop-by-drop blending method. For example, if you choose to make a massage oil with the emotionally uplifting and relaxing blend, start by adding 1 drop of Orange and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and mix them into the jojoba.

You may notice that the Ylang Ylang is much stronger than the Orange, and you can add 3 or 4 more drops of Orange before the Ylang Ylang starts to blend its aroma and the massage oil becomes more aromatically balanced. Your final blend may have 8 drops of Orange and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang.

If you make one of these blends, please share the results with us in the comments below this blog post. (If you’re reading this in an email, you can click through to the Aromahead blog and add your comments there.)

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Yuzu Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on April 14, 2014

Yuzu essential oilHave you used Yuzu? (Try saying that a few times fast!)

Yuzu essential oil is extracted from Citrus junos, a small tree that produces citrus fruits that look like oranges or small grapefruits. Their color is orange-yellow with hints of green, and their peels are bumpy.

Traditionally, the fruit peels were used in hot baths on the day of the winter solstice to protect bathers from winter colds and flu.

These days we use Yuzu essential oil for soothing arthritis, rheumatism, and overall muscle aches and pains. The oil from the fruit is also known to stimulate the digestive system. (Little known fact: The zest and juice are essential ingredients in Japanese Ponzu sauce.)

The aroma of the oil is somewhere between grapefruit and tangerine, with soft hues of bergamot and lime. It has a subtle floral note and a longer lasting aroma than other citrus oils.

I find Yuzu to be inspiring and  uplifting, and I use it in my diffuser in the mornings. The diffuser blend in the picture is sure to awaken your senses! Enjoy!

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The Trip of a Lifetime!

April 7, 2014

Today is not my usual day. It’s the beginning of a month-long distiller trip! Today I will be arriving in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, to visit a frankincense distiller! Not only will I get to meet the people behind the process of producing Frankincense essential oil, but I’ll get to see literal […]

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A Natural Approach: Inhalers for Sleep, Sinus Infection, Anxiety

March 31, 2014

I love inhalers! Aromatherapy inhalers are easy to make, inexpensive, and simple to carry around. I’ve come up with a few recipes over the years that I make over and over again. I’ve found that having these on hand gives me a wonderful feeling of being supported in my life, especially when things get a […]

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Aromahead Institute’s Affiliate Program

March 24, 2014

I am so appreciative when people refer their friends to Aromahead Institute for online classes! As a way of thanking you for these referrals, I’ve set up an affiliate program for three of Aromahead’s popular online classes. Each time someone registers for any of these classes via a link you send them, or via a banner […]

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Botanica2014 Raffle Winners!!!

March 19, 2014

Botanica2014 is an  international Aromatherapy conference created by Rhiannon Lewis, brings together scientists, educators and those passionate about herbal medicine and clinical aromatherapy. Aromahead Institute’s Botanioca2014 contest raised just over $6,000 for three essential oil distillers to come to the conference! Below is the video of the winners, hosted by Andrea Butje and Cindy Black! […]

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