I am very fortunate to have a guest blogger today! Marcela De Vivo has written here about aromatherapy and the importance of using high quality essential oils. She knows of what she speaks! High quality therapeutic essential oils are the ones to use for best results and for the highest vibratory results. It is what I use in all my Simply Color Sprays, Simply Feng Shui sprays, and Children’s Color Set Sprays (you can see all of these on my website, www.lifepotentials.net . Thank you Marcela for your wonderful article!
The Importance of Using Green Aromatherapy
Products designed to make our homes and offices smell better line the grocery, drug and hardware store shelves all over the world. Unfortunately, many of the commercial products intended to make our homes and offices feel cleaner and fresher are actually laden with potentially hazardous chemicals and man-made ingredients.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting your home or office to smell pleasant, putting your health at risk isn’t necessary. Using green aromatherapy, you can make your space smell any way you want and even reap some extra benefits along the way– all without the potential side effects of chemical-filled sprays and scents.
Green aromatherapy is a relatively simple practice that uses natural essential oils to release a scent into the air. Essential oils, for the uninitiated, are simply distilled liquids naturally derived from natural sources like plants, flowers, fruits, fruit peels, herbs and spices.
The purpose of green aromatherapy is varied, and people commonly use it in different ways. Some people use aromatherapy to simply provide a pleasant scent for their home or office, while others use scents to help them relax, boost their energy level or regulate stress.
In aromatherapy, essential oils are typically assigned properties to denote how they will affect a person. Some scents are calming; others are energizing, while some remain neutral.
Benefits of Green Aromatherapy
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, helping to kill harmful germs and bacteria that are in the air. While many essential oils can be used to clean when diluted with other ingredients like distilled water, they are beneficial even when they aren’t used directly on surfaces.
The most common way people use essential oils to give their home a fresh scent is to combine a small amount of boiling water with a few drops of essential oil in a small glass bowl or container with a top. When the essential oils come into contact with the water, the scent will become noticeable.
Typically, people only use a few drops of essential oils at a time – about one to five drops in most cases. Larger rooms or spaces may require a little more of the essential oil, but more should be added slowly since essential oils can be overpowering if too much is used.
Other people choose to add about 1 mL of their chosen essential oil to an oil burning lamp or put a few cotton balls dipped in essential oil in their vacuum cleaner bag to give an entire space a mild, fresh smell.
Using a vaporizer is another particularly effective method for releasing essential oils into your home slowly over a longer period of time. Best of all, you can use calming essential oils in your vaporizer at night and energizing oils during the day to help you focus.
Buy Organic Essential Oils
While most essential oils are safe for use, people buying them for aromatherapy purposes should always look for organic essential oils. That’s because even though non-organic essential oils are likely marketed as natural, they may contain ingredients to thin or boost their smell that could be potentially dangerous.
Avoid essential oils that contain filler ingredients, and always look for organic essential oil in your chosen scent.
Green aromatherapy using essential oils is an entirely safe alternative to using chemical-filled products to scent your home or office. Over time, you’ll likely save money buying a bottle of essential oil, which may cost more in the short-term, but will probably last you years.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California who specializes in health, DIY, marketing and tech. When buying essential oils for her vaporizer, she always opts for organic. Find out more about aromatherapy tips by following her on Facebook and Twitter.