Aromatherapy – Its casual use!
Many people casually practice aromatherapy without even thinking about it. Although their intent is not medicinal, its use often provides a medical benefit – stress relief.
There are actually many ways that we use aroma and scents to enhance our lives, and not even stop to think about it being aromatherapy. Here are a few:
- Burning a scented candle
- Using scented personal care and hair products
- Burning a scented wax product like Scentsy.
- Placing potpourri around your home
All of these uses make us feel better about ourselves and/or the world around us. This casual use of aromatherapy enriches our lives. The scent that fills your home when burning a candle or a scented wax product, provides a calmness and well-being just because you enjoy their fragrance. There really needs to be no other reason. This simple pleasure often helps us to deal with all the stress that life has thrown our way.
If you enjoy your life and your environment more because of scent-producing items, then aromatherapy is hard at work.
Make an easy aromatic candle!
Want to make your own aromatic candle?
A great way to use aromatic or essential oils is in a candle that you intend to burn. (It is best to use a chunky beeswax candle which will provide you with a scent of honey as well, but any candle will do.)
First of all, light your candle and burn it until the wax around the wick has formed a liquid pool. Blow out the candle and immediately add a few drops of essential oils to the molten wax. When you relight the candle, the heat of the flame will cause the oils to release their fragrance.
CAUTION: Essential oils are very flammable. NEVER add the oil while the candle is burning.
Stove Top Potpourri
Create your own stove top potpourri using ingredients that can be found in most kitchens. In a small pot of water add the peel of an orange (or even a whole orange sliced) and a few spices like cloves, cinnamon or allspice. Simmer on top of the stove. Add water as necessary. It won’t be long before the kitchen and much of your home is filled with a wonder fragrance reminiscent of the holidays. This mixture can be simmered off and on for several days before you need to add additional ingredients.
If you like the smell of baking cinnamon, consider sprinkling a small amount on a baking sheet and baking in your oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Again, you home will be filled with an enticing aroma. Many realtors advise their clients to use this trick just prior to a possible buyer coming to visit their home.
All of these casual uses of aromatherapy happen frequently in many homes and offices. It almost seems to be instinctual. The scents that we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on our mood and our thoughts.
Below are a few candles that can be used to add the casual use of aromatherapy into your life.