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Using Essential Oils for Relaxation and Stress Relief

This blend is for relaxation and stress relief. It will induce a deep relaxation of the tissues, muscles and joints, and re-establish a good energy balance.

Blend the following essential oils into one ounce of carrier oil of your choice; Massage as desired. May also be used as a bath oil.

3 drops Lavender 3 drops Tangerine 3 drops Marjoram 1 drop Chamomile

Bath Mush

  • 1/4 cup aloe gel (the pure kind from the health food store)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sea or rock salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or powdered milk
  • 2 t. jojoba oil (optional)
  • 5 drops essential oil

    Sounds like a gooey mess, doesn't it? But it works wonders on your skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. This is a blend made right before the bath. I guess it could be stored in the refrigerator for abut a week, but that sounds a little yucky to me. All measurements are approximate since I usually just "eyeball" it. You have to stir it well when you pour it into the bath water to make it disperse, but it's worth it.

    Simple-Old Fashioned Home Remedy
    A key ingredient in many natural eye care treatments in Chamomile. It is rich in anti-inflammatory substances and used here can soothe tired inflamed eyes.

  • Take 2 Chamomile Tea Bags
  • 8 oz. of Spring Water
    Bring the water to a boil, pour over the tea bags in a large cup. Steep for one minute, remove tea bags and place in the freezer for five minutes while you sip the tea. Place cool tea bags over your eyes, lie back and relax. This quick simple treatment is guaranteed to destress you and bring a sparkle to your eyes.

    A Scented Bath

    Relaxing in a warm scented bath induces alpha brain waves, which enhance concentration and are more likely to trigger intuition than the rapid beta waves we experience throughout our normal day. Researchers agree that intuitive thoughts come suddenly and usually when we're relaxing. Enjoy!

    For Relaxation and Insomnia
    try Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. Use 2 - 3 drops of each in a warm bath or in the diffuser at bedtime.

    Another way to use essential oils is a hand or foot massage. Children love a hand massage and who doesn't like their feet rubbed. If you visit someone in the hospital or a nursing home try the hand massage. Lavender would be a good choice. Remember everyone likes to be pampered. Use 3-5 drops of essential oils per Tablespoon of base oil. Use 1/2 the adult dose for children and the elderly. Choose Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel or any other unscented carrier oil.

    Buttermilk Bath Salts
    1 cup Buttermilk Powder 1 cup Sea Salt Add up to 24 drops of essential oils. Blend well, keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath. This makes enough for 4 baths.

    Fine Crystal Bathing Sand
    You'll see this product packaged in fancy jars or envelopes with a hefty price tag; you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.
    You will need:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) borax (desert salt)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fine ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) baking soda (soda ash)
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) white clay
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) dried herb of your choice
  • 10 drops essential oil To make:
  • 1. In a large bowl, mix together the salts, baking soda, and clay.
  • 2. Prepare the dried herb by powdering in a spice mill, crumbling by hand, or leaving whole if you prefer
  • 3. Add the dried herbs to the salt mix, stirring with a wire whisk.
  • 4. Scent the mixture using the essential oil of your choice. (Be sure to choose oils that are safe for external use.) Do not overscent; excess oil results in a clumpy, unattractive product.
  • 5. Mix well with a wire whisk, then cover with a towel.
  • 6. Leave overnight to fix the scent.
  • 7. In the morning, thoroughly mix again and package.
  • To use:
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (50 to 125 ml) sand to a tubful of warm water.
  • Yield: Approximately 3 3/4 cups (925 ml)
  • A Note on Preparing Herbs Crush the dried herbs for bath sand as finely or coarsely as you like, or you can even leave them whole. Powdering is the best idea for anyone with temperamental plumbing; if you leave the herbs whole, it's probably a good idea to package the finished mixture in a small muslin bag for use in the tub. This will also make tub cleaning easier than if you throw the sand freely into the tub.
  • From Herbal Home Spa (Page 136)
  • A great way to exfoliate the skin and remove toxins is to make a grainy herbal body scrub. Any number of fruits, grains, herbs, minerals, and vegetables can be used alone or in combinations to make scrubs. Most substances that are safe to eat are also safe to use on the skin, provided you do not have an allergy.

    Bath Cookies

    ~ Do not eat these!
    2 Cups Rock Salt ˝ Cup Baking Soda ˝ Cup Cornstarch 2 Tablespoons Almond Oil 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil 1-2 Eggs 6 Drops Essential Oil Mix together and then cut out with cookie cutters in the shape you want. Bake at 350 degree 10 - 12 minutes Allow to cool. Use 1-2 per bath keep in an air tight container. These are perishable because of the eggs so use them up or give as gifts. From: homeandfamily@yahoogroups.com

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