Guest Post: Patricia Morello, Everyday Aromatherapy

by Maria on June 4, 2009

I have learned some amazing things while working with essential oils in my home, which I would like to share with you.

I started dabbling with essential oils after being given a bottle of Lavender. I’m thinking this is probably where everyone starts their adventure into this amazing field! My first very important lesson was that a little bit goes a very long way. Who would have thought that a drop or two would be enough to fragrance an area?  I love the smell of lavender, so popped a few dropperfuls onto a dish. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing!

Some of my favorite ways to use essential oils in the house are a drop or two on a radiator in each room (making sure the essential oil you use elicits the appropriate response). When the heat comes up, it smells like heaven. A drop or two on the front of a fan fills your room with fragrance.  Even a drop or two on an open window sill brings a wonderful smelling breeze right in every time the air stirs.  Don’t forget the air conditioning vents.  I really get a giggle out of using an all natural lemon potpourri in the living room–it always smells just dusted!  Dust on my table?  You know these old farmhouses–they get dusty in an hour!  Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Practicing everyday aromatherapy has become a way of  life for myself and my family.

You really can elicit physical responses with the fragrances you use. I had some success helping my hubby with the nausea that came with chemotherapy using ginger and peppermint oil.  I hope you never need it for that reason, but I hear that it also works for morning sickness, stomach ailments and motion sickness. I put a drop of each oil on a business card and keep it in an old pill bottle.  When the nausea strikes, you just open it and let the oils do their stuff. (Each card lasts 2 or 3 days).

I have also discovered the pleasure of a personal aromatherapy amulet to wear around your neck. (I carry these on my website–shameless plug!)  Another good way to spread the fragrance is to put a few drops of essential oil in the humidifier.  Eucalyptus is nice if your nose is stuffy, otherwise, whatever suits your fancy!  An added benefit is that many essential oils are antibacterial and anti-fungal so you don’t get the gunk build-up that happens with plain water.

I heartily encourage you to make use of essential oils in your day to day life, although I would also encourage a little research as to the oils you use.  Everyday aromatherapy adds a whole new level to the ambiance in your home and can do you some good at the same time.

Patricia Morello writes a blog about her business and life at Patricia Rose–A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings.  Follow her on Twitter @PatriciaRose.

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Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Lisa June 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Pat

I never knew there were so many uses for essential oils. I love the idea of putting them on your fans and window sills.

A very informative post.

Thanks so much.

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Sharon June 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Such good information to have~ I love the hint about the lemon oil~ may I use that?

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Virginia June 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Pat,

This article has a lot of useful information. I would never have thought of using the essential oils to calm my stomach. Great ideas using them on a fan or in the humidifier. Nothing stuffier than late winter air.
Thanks.

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Tedi June 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

What wonderful information! Essential oils sound wonderful!

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janet c June 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Wow Pat, I love your products and so happy you are published here. Way to go girl!!

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Michelle (shell) May June 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Great information! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll have to try a few things.

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Lynette Larson - Campbell June 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Three cheers to Pat! I am so thrilled to know her as she brightens our day on a regular basis with her wonderful outlook on life and the beauty she gives us through her products!!!

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Linda YARNMAMMA June 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Good article…
what wonderful information…now I am off to check out your site.
Linda

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Lori June 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Pat ~ I just love your wonderful products ~ thank you for the great information ~ I LOVE essential oils ~

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Cindy Jones June 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I’m going to put some lavender essential oil on my window sill right now! Oh, I know what you mean about those farmhouses getting dusty right away ; -)

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gail friend June 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Hi Pat,, what a great article. So much useful information. I plan on giving some of these a try!See I learned something new today ;) Congratulations on your guest blog. This is a wonderful blog!

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Andie-Brown Bee Studio June 9, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Thank you Pat, for sharing your expertise with us! I learned as a child that taking a peppermint candy or chewing a stick of peppermint gum settles the stomach…my Grandma taught me this. But I never knew that just the aroma of peppermint would do the trick. I’d have never thought of ginger for the same ailment either much less combining it with peppermint. And Grandma’s tried and true favorite household cleaner was lemon and baking soda! No WONDER the scent of lemons always makes me smile. :o) Congrats on your guest blog sweet friend! xoxo

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Susie June 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

What a wondeful article Pat! Herbal aromatherapy is so essential to our daily wellbeing.

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JojoNH June 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

Great information! Love the one for motion sickness. . . I am off to get these essential oils today! Never would have thought of putting a drop or two in front of the fan, Thank you!! Hope you write some more!! :-D

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Rebekah June 10, 2009 at 7:29 am

Super article! Full of great information and wonderful ideas. This is one of those subjects that I have been wanting to learn more about. Thanks!

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Marie June 10, 2009 at 9:47 am

Hi, Pat,
I realy enjoyed your article. Learned lots of ideas and tips, too.
Marie

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Janice Hall June 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Great ideas, Pat. Enjoyed the article!

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Karin June 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I love the essential oils, when I have a headache I put a drop of peppermint oil on my forehead, and it really helps. I enjoyed your article, I’m going to have to check out your blog too…

Karin

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Cathy June 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Pat,

All your products are wonderful. I, too, adore Lavender. It is one of my very favorite fragrances. Congratulations on writing such a wonderful and information article my friend.

xo Cathy

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Marly June 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Wow Patricia!
I’ve got to read more of your writings on essential oils! The amulet idea is diffently for me, and knowing that “essential oils are antibacterial and antifungal” is good information to know. Thanks for the amazing article.
Marly

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Shannon June 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

Hello Pat,

You article was wonderful! I’m going to have to go get some essentials oils and put on my vents. I love the idea of a fresh smelling room!

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Lilli Blue June 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm

What a wonderful article. I love essential oils and use them ll the time. i have owned your pot pouri and it is the best. So delicious! thank you for this well written and delightful post. Lilli

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Janet Bernasconi June 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Excellent article! I have to try these essential oils. Thanks so much!

Janet

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carla July 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

Thanks so much for this article!!!!! I really enjoyed it!!!!!! I will have new ways of using scents now….. I will be looking for some lavender oil…. carla

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