Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: September 17, 2013

Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: September 17, 2013 is Sleep Cycle
1 Circadian Thythm
SLEEP CYCLE

Are you experiencing insomnia or restlessness? Do you wake up feeling exhausted, lethargic, and/or mentally fatigued? Do you work a night shift job? Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea or narcolepsy? For whatever reason, your Sleep Cycle or Circadian Rhythm is off.
Aromatherapy can help.

1. Calming Oils (For Insomnia or Restlessness):
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
German Chamomile Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Mandarin Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil
Petitgrain Essential Oil
Rose Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Spikenard Essential Oil
Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil

2. Stimulating Oils (For Exhaustion, Lethargy, and/or Mental Fatigue
Basil Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Jasmine Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil

RECIPES

What you will need:
Glass Measuring Cup (To be used for Aromatherapy Recipes Only)
Measuring Spoons (Preferably Aluminum, Glass, or Stainless Steel to be used for Aromatherapy Recipes Only)
A small Dropper (To be used for Aromatherapy Recipes Only)
An empty 1-ounce Amber Glass Bottle
Label
Liquid Castile Soap
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Mandarin Essential Oil
Spikenard Essential Oil

SLEEP INHALATION OIL

Makes 1/8 Ounce (3.75 ml)

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
45 Drops Mandarin Essential Oil
4 Drops Spikenard Essential Oil
Shake thoroughly to ensure the blend is well-blended.

Place 2 to 3 drops on an unscented tissue and inhale with deep, slow breaths 10 to 15 times.

WAKE-UP BODY SOAP

Makes 8 Ounces (227 ml)

3/4 teaspoon (4 ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) plus 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
30 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
8 Ounces (227 ml) Liquid Castile Soap
Shake thoroughly to ensure the blend is well-blended.

Use as a Body Wash in the shower.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have pertaining to using essential oils as aromatherapy. Please put ‘Aromatherapy’ in the subject line.
mauldinfamily1@yahoo.com

References:
The Essential Oils Deck: Simple Blends for Health and Beauty
by Hope Gillerman and Joan Arnold

14 thoughts on “Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: September 17, 2013

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  1. My missus has restless sleep patterns. Could these be used by putting some drops in a sink of hot water, putting a towel over your head and inhaling for a few minutes?

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      1. Ok. Thank you. Also if using this method, how many drops of oils should we use? All the recipes I see always seem to ask for just 2 or 3 drops, would so few be helpfull?

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      2. Yes. Essential Oils are very concentrated. I would recommend 3 to 5 drops to a bowl/pot for covered-head inhalation. You can add one drop at a time, if you feel 5 is not sufficient, and so forth. I would not recommend going over 8 drops. Remember, there is a balance here, as in all things. The Essential Oil may have a reverse effect if you add to much.

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  2. Hi, me again, sorry, or the inhalation Oil you mention above, when you say 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil… what is the 1/2 teaspoon? is it of a carrier oil? and mentioning the number of drops used should that be 45 drops of Mandarin Oil?

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    1. Lavender Essential Oil: 1/2 teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil plus 7 to 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
      You are not using a Carrier Oil in this blend.
      The 45 drops of Mandarin Oil is correct.
      Feel free to ask questions at any time.

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      1. hehe thanks, I am on a learning curve here…

        What I don’t understand is when we spoke about putting oils in a sink of hot water you suggested no more than 5 drops as it is concentrated, and yet in this example you mentioned a whole 2.5ml of lavender + 7 or 8 drop and an incredible 45 drops of manderin.

        Why does this warrant so much where a sink of water warrants so little?

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      2. The 2.5ml of lavender + 7 or 8 drops, 45 drops of mandarin, and 4 drop Spikenard is an entire 1/8 Ounce Blend.
        You add 5 drops of this blend to a bowl/pot of steaming water.

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