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relaxation and lavender

relaxation and lavender

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!)

Post-Partum Massage

On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely rejuvenated and re-energized after my massage. The hospital staff also sent me home with a small bottle which contained a nipple ‘cleaning’ fluid. They said it was homeopathic in nature and had trouble translating from Japanese to English was exactly this stuff was. It was lavender-based and it was much better than the products offered to me three years earlier after I had given birth to my first child.

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Aromatherapy Recipes

 

Custom Scented Epsom Bath Salts

The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Relaxation – Aromatherapy Bath with Essential Oils (c) Eos Art.

These make wonderful birthday or holiday gifts for women, men, and children alike!

You can customize the scent by blending different essential oils and just keep experimenting! My favorite bath salt scent is bergamot – must be because it reminds me of Earl Grey tea which I used to drink EVERY morning as a child!

If you are going for an ‘open up the airways’ scent, then consider a blend with eucalyptus oil. If you need some relief after a hard workout, Young Living’s Panaway(tm) blend might be a good choice! For an uplifting scent, try using a citrus blend – orange, lemon, or….Young Living’s Citrus Blend!

I’d love to hear what your favorite blends are in the comments section!

Supplies

  • Plastic bag with ribbon or string tie
  • Epsom salt (1 1/2 cups per batch)
  • Essential oils (5-8 drops total)

Scoop 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt into a plastic bag. [Note: This can be found in the pharmacy section of the grocery store or at the local drugstore and are usually sold in bags with several pounds of salts.]

Add a mix of 5 to 8 drops of essential oils (total, so about 2 to 3 drops of each oil) to the Epsom salts and mix. Close bag with a string tie or ribbon.

Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Suggested blends: Lavender mixes well with Chamomile, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, or Bergamot.

Peppermint mixes well with Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, or Orange.

Lemon blends well with Ginger, Lavender, or Eucalyptus.

Experiment and let us know what delicious and relaxing blends you discover! Please share in the comments area.

If you will not be using the salts in the next day or so, store in a glass jar to preserve scent longer.

To use, sprinkle bath salts into running hot/warm bath water. Soak in the bath tub and relax!

Hand Sanitizer Spray

Supplies

  • 5 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oil
  • 3 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Witch Hazel (sold in pharmacy, over-the-counter)
  • Water

In a small (1 oz.) spray bottle, add the essential oils and witch hazel. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, cap, and shake.

This hand sanitizer can also be used as a room freshener, face toner, or to clean surfaces. It is gentler on the hands than commercial hand sanitizer–I tested it on my younger son’s hands.

Roll On Immunity Essential Oil Blend

Supplies

  • 5 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil
  • 5 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • Coconut oil or other carrier oil

Add essential oils to a 10 mL roller bottle. Fill to the top with coconut (or other carrier) oil. Close bottle top and roll between your hands to mix. (Do not shake vigorously.)

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