I like your ideas Emma and thought you might be able to help me. I have been under a lot of stress recently. So far this year two people have died in my family and my pet dog isn’t very well. Work hasn’t been too good either as I don’t like many of the people I work with. It seems such a lonely time. I know this will pass, and I have been trying to take care of myself. I just feel so sad. I thought you might have some ideas about how aromatherapy can help lift my spirits. I don’t have a lot of money to spend getting massages and stuff and I don’t have much energy. But is there anything I can do that is easy and won’t break the bank? I hope you don’t mind, but I would like this to be an anonymous request. Hope you can help.
Sorry to hear that things are rough. Aromatherapy can help you start to feel better. I have a couple of ideas. Let’s start with you taking relaxing baths with some inexpensive essential oils and epsom salts. The essential oils can be purchased at health food stores and you can buy epsom salts in bulk at a bulk food store.
- 2 Cups of epsom salts
- 15 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Clarysage essential oil
- 4 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
(If you have Rose it’s lovely, but rose geranium is an inexpensive alternative. It’s lovely for the skin and has a gentle uplifting floral aroma)
Put the epsom salts in a ziplock bag or a bowl, add the essential oils and mix together well. Run the water first and then add to bath, so you get the therapeutic benefit of the e/os .
Try burning candles and playing soothing music to enhance your enjoyment.
Another idea is to try using an uplifting essential oil such as grapefruit on a cotton cosmetic pad and sticking it in your pocket. Women can stick it under their your bra strap. You have the scent with you all day to remind you to breathe deeply.
Remember to drink drink lots of water, eat a well balanced diet and fit in time for extra sleep. Having trouble sleeping? Try putting lavender or an essential oil that you find relaxing on cotton cosmetic pad under your pillow. And try buying some spring flowers for your bedside table. That always lifts my spirits.
Emma Fairbrass, Certified Aromatherapist