As an aromatherapist I love to create bespoke blends for myself or my clients to cool, calm, soothe and strengthen.
When the heat is on, Lavender is my go-to.
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Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils by different methods to enhance the well-being of the mind, body and emotions. Essential oils are powerful pure essences extracted from flowers, leaves, twigs, bark, roots and fruits of many common plants and their naturally derived chemical constituents have many different properties we can benefit from.
Many oils are safe to use during pregnancy and early motherhood but I use them constantly to tap into my creativity, calm a frazzled mood or to create feelings of openness, warmth and connection to support my coaching practice or consultancy work.
Lavender is commonly described as “the mother of all oils” because of its wide ranging effects, helping create a calm composure and easy self expression.
When you are “hot and bothered” literally and figuratively, lavender is the obvious choice. Scientifically proven to remove heat (worked a treat when my finger tips sizzled on a hot car steering wheel in 100 degree heat in Brisbane many years ago and on holiday cuts and bites) it gently sedates the nerve impulses of the brain, acting as a mild but effective pain reliever for headaches, back pain and loosen stiff joints.
A warm milk bath (full fat to absorb and disperse effectively protecting delicate skin) mixed with a few drops of lavender post flight will help you unwind and relax quicker than a mojito. If you have little ones in tow it’s effective for soothing temper tantrums, stress and over tiredness.
In an adult releasing pent-up energy can also be beneficial, easing frustration and irritability. If you have mental energy that has become “stuck” in habitual behaviour – especially from a build up of unexpressed emotion, lavender has been described as being able to be both a ‘habit-breaker’ and ‘crisis smoother’.
Not to be put directly onto the skin, a lavender spritz (lavender diluted in water) or temple rub (lavender in a base oil of jojoba or almond oil) can instantly create a more baby-friendly and fresher feeling environment and can be perfect for carrying in your handbag, labour bag or beach bag.
Adding rose will create an instant warmth; neroli an emotional lift and melissa a softening to anger. Mandarin will gently boost energy, lemon will help with focus.
Lavender, cypress and grapefruit are a great combo for using in a body blend to help circulation in pregnant legs and feet. 3 oils is general considered the best for creating a balanced blend with good synergy. As with all blends, like fine wine it’s quality over quantity (1 or 2 drops of each, organic if possible) and if in doubt seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist.
My Top 3 Aromatherapy reads:
- Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils – Gabriel Mojay
- The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion – Valerie Ann Worwood
- The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy – Salvatore Battaglia
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