Reclaim your attention: 4 essential oil blends for improving concentration

If only we had the power to focus on what we wanted to accomplish, the word ‘procrastination’ would never have emerged – says an anonymous author. Procrastination is the thief of time, they say. But why do we procrastinate or postpone? Often it is lack of interest or lack of focus in the work at hand. We let too many things clutter our mind that we have forgotten what it is to focus and concentrate upon the task in hand. There are several other distractions too. With technological advancements and everything happening from your handheld, there are too many things like email, twitter and social media to grab your attention. If only we know what is to concentrate completely, we would never talk of meeting deadlines or even setting deadlines. In such a state of affairs, tips to improve the power of focus are a must. This article will detail on how to enhance your concentration using essential oils.

Essential oil concentration blends: Aromatherapy can help you improve your power of focus too. It can adjust your body and mind and help you attend to what is important. Inhaling the following essential oil blends or using them in your room diffusers can clear your mind and motivate you to be in the present and focus on the task at hand.

1. Blend for attentiveness: Many students and children in the United States suffer from ADHD syndrome. Though the disease is curable, you can prevent it or alleviate its symptoms with this attentiveness blend. To make the blend, combine 1 drop of Cyprus oil with 2 drops of Cedarwood, 2 drops of Lemon and 1 drop of Pine oil. This essential oil blend will be highly helpful to students who are studying for exams or those who want to improve their productivity at office.

2. Blend for alertness:
Some people can be less shrewd than others. This may often be the case if there are three or four children at home. Some maybe shrewd, others maybe dull or dumb. To improve alertness, blend 2 drops of Eucalyptus with 3 drops of Rosemary and 3 drops of Tangerine.

3. Blend for motivation: If you are down in the dumps and cannot find a ray of hope in your current situation, relax! Take a deep breath of this aromatic blend and forget all your worries. You will be invigorated and feel happy. Combine 2 drops of Basil with 4 drops of Bergamot, 1 drop of Clove and 2 drops of Ginger.

4. Blend for mental clarity: If you are confused and need mental clarity, use this blend in your diffuser and inhale it. To make the blend, use 2 drops of Bay oil with 3 drops of Ginger and 2 drops of Rosemary. Shake well in a bottle and use it for clarity.

Holistic aromatherapy: A faster way to stress release and detoxification

Hypocrites, father of medicine, said, “The way to good health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.” Aromatherapy is that important in daily life. When incorporated into daily routine on a regular basis, aromatherapy can invigorate an individual and keep him disease and stress-free. As essential oils are plant oils that are high on immunity, using them for your body can mean establishing a protective, disease-resistant shield around you. Holistic aromatherapy is something which tries to impart general well-being in an individual.

Holistic Aromatherapy: Holistic aromatherapy is a subtle kind of treatment which incorporates 100% use of pure essential oils to keep up good health. Though aromatherapy uses only aromatic oils, it is different from fragrance oils and applies pure oils based on your physical, emotional and mental health. Derived from the Greek word “Holos”, holistic aromatherapy means treating the body as a whole – that is, using essential oils for the welfare of the whole body. This is often a periodic treatment and involves use of all kinds of oils, massage therapies, diffuser and vaporizer treatments to detoxify and heal your body.
What does Holistic Aromatherapy do? Holistic aromatherapy is often used on a regular basis than at the time of disease. It is known to strengthen people against dis-ease to increase stamina and help with convalescence and recovery. To treat your body holistically, you can follow a variety of treatments. It is different from therapy in that, an aromatherapist uses 100% pure essential oils mixed with carrier oils. The choice of oils can be determined by the individual’s state of health. The client’s time of visit is also of importance as the aromatherapist decides based on the current physical and emotional needs of the person.

Holistic aromatherapy – Applications: Holistic aromatherapy, like general aromatherapy, can be used in various ways. The basic and most common application is that of massaging. Massage oils are made by mixing pure essential oils with vegetable or carrier oils like Grapeseed oil. Another common methods include, vaporization, inhalation, use of compresses, bath salts/aromatic baths etc.

An essential oil’s chemical structure can be identical to the plant from which it is extracted. Changes occur in the extraction process and in many cases, an oil’s composition can be completely altered because of the mode of extraction. Several extraction processes are used, which include distillation, enfleurage, maceration and volatile solvents. Aromatic plants can grow in great numbers in several parts of the world. The soil, region, weather and extraction methods of a plant affect the chemical structure of an oil. Owing to this, holistic aromatherapy conducted in one part of the world maybe different from the one practiced in other parts of the world. To ensure that essential oils are of high quality, check with your aromatherapist on whether he uses therapeutic grade oils that are extracted from the right place of origin.

Kitchen talk: 7 aromatherapy recipes for domestic purposes

Aromatherapy is not restricted for use only in aromatic or medicinal fields. It can be also be used for domestic purposes, right in the backyard of your kitchen. Kitchen aromatherapy includes use of essential oils for food recipes, making of body oils, aromatic wood polishes, soaps, cleaners, aromatic scents for cupboards, drawers etc. This article will throw light on aromatherapy recipes that can be made with kitchen/household items and can be used in domestic setups.

Domestic recipes using essential oils: These recipes are especially good for use with essential oils that have gone old and have no use for medicinal purposes. When the therapeutic is ruled out, all you can do with essential oils is the aromatic and the domestic. You can be as creative as possible to blend all kinds of aromas and get exotic recipes that can be used in your bath, as soaps, cleaners and room diffusers. Below are some recipes which you can use for household purposes:

1. Bathroom spray: Bathrooms are often the breeding place for several microbes, including virus and bacteria. To clean the bathroom air and keep it free from bacteria, virus and other fungi, you can try this recipe. To make the recipe, combine 5 drops of Cinnamon oil with 5 drops of Eucalyptus, 5 drops of Lemon, 5 drops of Sage, 5 drops of Thyme and 10 drops of Bergamot, 10 drops of Citronella, 10 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Tea Tree. Shake well to mix all the oils and spray on to your bathroom space everyday.

2. Kitchen soap with coffee scent: If you think that your kitchen needs a kitchen-friendly aroma, here you go. Created by Kay, this Coffee scented essential oil kitchen soap will combine Lemon and soap to yield a coffee soap. Combine 5 drops of Coffee essential oil with 4 drops of Lemon oil and mix them both with 1 cup of unscented liquid soap. Transfer the mixture to a pump and you are done with the recipe.

3. Kitchen bench wipe: This is ideal for wiping up any sort of mess in your kitchen. You will need an old bottle to store this blend and also a spirit pourer. Wash the bottle thoroughly and add water to it. Then, pour 30 drops of your favorite Citrus oils. For best results, you can try a mixture of Grapefruit, Lemon, Petitgrain and other Citrus oils. Blend well and pour into the spirit pourer. Every time you need to clean up a mess, add a drop of this blend to your kitchen sponge/wipe and clean. This is both a disinfectant and a cleaner.

4. For aromatic cupboards and drawers: To make your cupboards smell fresh and lively, you can try this. Add a few drops of essential oils to a cotton wool and place them in cupboards and drawers. Lemongrass and Lavender work well to keep moths at bay.

5. Wood polish: To make wood polish to rub kitchen wood, combine 4 oz of Olive oil with ½ tsp of Lemon essential oil in a small bottle. Blend well and apply with a soft cloth and buff to shin. Olive cleans the dust in wood and makes it shine, while Lemon yields a fresh, aromatic smell.

6. Handbag scenting: If you have a foul-smelling handbag, this is your recipe. Add 3 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Melissa in a cotton wool or tissue and place it inside your handbag. If there is a leather tag attached to your bags, you can use this to put the blend.
7. Focus blend: To gain focus, this blend will be of great help. Mix 10 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Rosemary and 10 drops of Lime essential oil. Mix everything with 3 oz spring water and use in a diffuser inside your study room or home office.

Renew your skin: 3 essential oil bodyscrub recipes you would love

The plight of our skin is pathetic. It is the thing that requires utmost attention, but it is also the same thing that is taken less care of. Skin diseases occur only because we take inadequate care of our skin. Our skin is damaged by weather, especially the sun, wind and pollution and this in turn, damages our body by thickening the outer layer of the skin. With a thick outer layer, all that a skin has, is roughened dead cells. One of the ways to manage a dead skin condition is to exfoliate skin cells on a regular basis. This will give a healthy glow to your skin and will also prevent it from abnormal conditions.

How to renew your skin: Essential oils can help greatly in the renewal of new skin. They help your skin exfoliate and clear of dead stuff in a better, safer way. You can use them to prepare bodyscrub that help clean and detoxify skin cells. However, usage of bodyscrub comes with its own kind of limitations. These include a list of dos and don’ts too: Do not ever rub vigorously on the body. Avoid scraping hard on sensitive skin and spend time on bumpy or rough areas. Do all the scrubbing standing under a shower or upright in a bath tub. If you happen to get dehydrated often, drink plenty of water before the exfoliation process. And finish off dehydration with natural body moisturiser.

Essential oil bodyscrubs: Essential oils are energizing and mind-awakening recipes. Below are a few bodyscrubs which are some of the best ways to exfoliate skin.

1. Herbal salt bodyscrub recipe: This is a great bodyscrub to rejuvenate your spirits and relax you in the right way. There are two varieties in this scrub recipe – one for the morning, another for the evening. Add 3 to 4 drops of Peppermint oil to 5 tbsps of sea salt and mix this together in ½ a teaspoon of carrier oil like Almond or Grapeseed. If the mixture is thick or does not have enough moisture, add water to it and blend well. You can use this scrub as a deep-cleanser and toner. For a soothing evening recipe, replace Peppermint oil with Lavender. It would not be sensitive or invigorating on the skin.

2. Ivy bodyscrub:
This is a scrub that works as a skin tonic and an astringent. It can stimulate circulation and enhance body health by getting rid of toxins, excess fluid build-ups etc. To make the scrub, combine 20 fresh Ivy leaves with 2 tbsps of course-ground oatmeal and 2 tbsps of natural yoghurt. When you get an even consistency, add Lemon essential oil and mix into a nice smooth paste. Massage the paste on to your skin, focusing on problem areas like hips, buttocks, legs and upper arms. Rinse off with water and clean completely after bath.

3. Lemongrass bodyscrub:
Lemongrass is all about liveliness and this recipe is just that. Sugar can be used to scrub the skin that to create problems inside the body. This recipe is holistic in that, it uses Lemongrass, sugar, Almond oil, Fennel oil etc. To make the bodyscrub, combine 4 tbsps of sugar with 2 tsps of Sweet Almond oil, 10 drops of Lemongrass oil, 5 drops of Geranium oil and 5 drops of Fennel oil. Blend well and massage all over your skin. Then, rinse with water and clean dry.

Topical Fragrancing: How to make herbal tinctures using essential oils

Herbal tinctures. What do they have to do with aromatherapy? You might wonder. The connecting factor between aromatherapy and tinctures are – herbs. Preparing tinctures require attention to detail and knowledge in aromatherapy. This is because tinctures have both aromatic and therapeutic purposes and are inexpensive to make. But you need to properly store them to preserve them and use them for a indefinite period of time. You need to use a variety of aromatherapy related stuff for the making of these herbal tinctures. These include – herbs, dried herbs, alcohol or glycerin etc. Since tinctures are one of the best and quickest ways to make a place aromatic, you can use them with ease, without any issue of overuse or restrictions on safety.

Uses of herbal tinctures: Tinctures are more concentrated dosages of herbs. Though extracted from herbs (medicinal or otherwise), they are thicker than essential oils and can be made easily from home. Tinctures can be used for a variety of purposes. It is a great remedy for treatment of high blood pressure. A tincture made using Garlic, Hawthorn, Linden and Wood Betony can reduce high blood pressure symptoms. You can treat acne or other skin disorder with Calendula tinctures, while Echinacea can help cure sore throats. You can treat insomnia with a tincture of Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower or Valerian at night. If you have mild to severe headache, you can use Chamomile, Willow Bark, Skullcap, Valerian and Wood Betony oils/herbs. Apart from all this, tinctures make good room fresheners and are often used in cleaning the air in the room – an aromatherapeutic way of doing things.

Topical fragrancing with herbal tinctures:
To make herbal tinctures for topical fragrancing, you will need the following supplies: sterilized containers, fresh herbs, dried herbs, vodka that is used for food recipes, cheesecloth or a fine grade stainer. You can use dried herbs only if you want to make the tincture more concentrated. Vodka should be of the high-proof, edible kind. Read all safety precautions before any sort of mixing. First, chop the fresh herbs and add them into air-tight sterilized containers. The herbs will start to release their aromatic oils as soon as you cut them. Then, fill the containers with vodka with enough room to mix both herbs and alcohol. When the blending is done, allow the containers to sit idle in a cool, dark and dry place. Shake every container at least once for over 30 days. Then, finally, after the period is over, filter the tincture with layered cheesecloth or fine grade stainer.

If you want to get a more concentrated, aromatic tincture, it is better if you keep it idle for 30 days. You can use this aromatic tincture as body spray, linen spray, facial toner and room mist.

Caution while using aromatic tinctures:
Follow all the rules of caution while using or making aromatic tinctures. Made out of herbs, tinctures are no different from essential oils except in concentration of liquid. So, check the list of hazardous oils and avoid all herbs that yield such oils. If you are allergic to alcohol or want to avoid it in your body, use Glycerin-based tinctures are used extensively in the personal care industry.