Aroma Therapy

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Because essential oils are so concentrated, the safest way to use them is to dilute them in a vegetable oil base and then rub them into the skin as you would a liniment. Essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream because their tiny molecules pass though the skin.

Essential oils are especially effective when you apply them to the skin over an internal region where they are needed. For instance, a massage oil design to ease a stomachache can be rubbed over the abdomen.

Methods:
1 drop as perfume
1 drop to scent stationery or handkerchief
2 drops on a cotton cloth in a drawer
2 drops on 1 tablespoon rock salt for smelling salts
2 drops per 1/2 cup water for compress
2 drops on vacuum cleaner or air filter
3 drops to refresh potpourri
4 drops on a light bulb (or light bulb ring)
4 drops in a pan of hot water to inhale
5 drops in bathtub
5 drops per quart of warm water for douche
6 drops stirred in 1 oz skin cream
6 drops stirred in 1 oz aloe vera gel for skin care
6 drops in 1 oz aloe juice for skin moisturizer (suitable for spray bottle)
12 drops in 1 oz vegetable oil for massage
12 drops stirred in 1 oz skin salve
24 drops in 1/2 cup salt for bath salt
24 drops in 1 oz vegetable oil for bath oil

Scents to relieve Anxiety:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Opapanax (or myrrh), Orange, Peach, Rose, Spiced Apple, Violet Leaf

Scents to alleviate Depression:
Bargamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang-Ylang

Scents as an Aphrodisiac:
4 ounces sweet almond oil
10 drops each lavender and sandalwood essential oils
2 drops each ylang-ylang and vanilla essential oils
1 drop each cinnamon and jasmine essential oils
Combine ingredients. Lavender is not an aphrodisiac, but is added to make the fragrance more mellow. It can be a relaxing and emotionally uplifting scent. If you love the fragrance of patchouli, try using it in place of ylang-ylang.

Aphrodisiac Scents:
Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang-Ylang

Scents to Improve Memory:
Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, lemon, Rosemary

Scents to relieve Sorrow:
Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage

Scents to counteract fatigue:
Angelica, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage, Spiced Apple

Scents to treat stress and Insomnia:
Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Hops, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, Ylang-Ylang

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