Rosemary is a hearty plant, and when it takes hold, it produces a bountiful crop of fragrant branches. If you find yourself with more than you know what to do with this Summer, then try making homemade infused oil that can be used for scenting your home or for a relaxing bath. This easy DIY costs basically nothing to make with results perfect for giving as a gift or using when making eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
Think aromatherapy is just for massages and holistic healers? Think again. Beauty Brand 21 Drops offers a collection of oils for just about any ailment you can imagine. The company's 21 Aromatherapy Blends ($29 each) run the gamut of solutions. Feeling distracted? Try Focus. Suffering from horrible hangover (hey, we've all been there)? There's a blend to give you relief. And each oil comes with handy instructions as to how and where to apply them.
My two favorites are Sleep and Headache. Rub Sleep along the back of your neck, temples, and under your nose before bedtime and you'll sleep like a baby all night. I've suffered from horrible migraines since I was a teen, but a quick swipe of Headache along my jawline and temples kicks my mal de tête to the curb. I even just inhale the oil from the bottle when I feel the first twinges of a headache coming on. While those with oily skin may want to be conservative with their application on the face, I've been using the oils daily and haven't suffered a breakout yet. Try the oils out for yourself — even if it's for something like a shot of Passion to get you back on your A game.
Take a walk down the beauty aisle of your local drugstore and you're bound to find countless products toting the names of various oils on their containers. And while many of these ingredients sound like things you might have in your kitchen, it's easy to just pick up a product with one of these fancy oils in it without really knowing what it does for you. On top of that, not everyone will reap the benefits of every type of oil out there. So how do you crack the code? Discover the uses and benefits of seven oils after the jump.
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Here's how I steam with essential oils:
- Boil two cups of filtered water into a glass or metal bowl.
- Add two drops each of eucalyptus, lemongrass, and peppermint pure essential oils.
- Place face over bowl and inhale deeply through nose. The oil mixture will smell intense at first, so start at least 12 inches from bowl. Then lower your head closer to the water as needed.
- Keep breathing in the scented steam until bowl is no longer steaming.
- Repeat throughout day.
No matter how healthy my lunch is there are still days where I hit that dreaded afternoon slump. My eyes begin to glaze over and I start to zone out at my desk. A quick walk outside usually helps, but, depending on my workload, I can't always get away.
Luckily I've found a quick and simple solution in the form of rosemary or peppermint oil. I know that there are doubts surrounding the validity of aromatherapy, but I definitely feel refreshed after taking a small whiff of these oils — I'm more awake, lifted, and ready to work.
If oils are hard for you to find, keep a lemon at your desk for afternoon sniffing. Citrus fragrances, especially lemons, have been shown to lift people's moods.
Have you ever used aromatherapy as a pick-me-up? If not, how do you beat your afternoon slump? Tell me in the comments section below.
The smell of apple pie always reminds me of my grandmother, who used to make it whenever I came to visit. I'm sure you have certain feelings and memories connected to scents too.
And just as they affect us during the day, researchers have found that aromas can influence the emotions we experience when we sleep. Fifteen women in their 20s were part of this dream study. Each had a tube taped to their nostrils and while they slept, one of three scents was pumped through their noses: rotten eggs, roses, and plain air. While they snoozed, their brain activity was monitored. The scientists allowed them to reach REM sleep and after one minute, they woke them up and asked the sleepers to describe what they were dreaming about. The women didn't dream about the specific smells like you might think, but rather when they smelled roses, they had pleasant dreams, and when they smelled rotten eggs, their dreams were just the opposite.
Isn't that interesting? Since a good night's sleep is so important to our health and overall well-being, I'm all for anything that can inspire some delightful dreams, so go out and buy some lovely scented candles or sheet spray for your pillows. Lavender essential oil will also do the trick. Try it, and let us know how it works!
Aromatherapy is immensely popular nowadays. It seems like everywhere you go, you can find rose geranium-infused candles, citrus and bergamont room sprays, and lavender-scented eye pillows. I enjoy these sweet smells, and my spirit is often buoyed by them. However, recent research is saying that aromatherapy doesn't work — well, at least not for the two popular scents lavender and lemon.
Researchers at Ohio State University conducted a two-year study that included scientifically rigorous testing of the body's physical changes when people smelled popular scents — and they came up with nothing. Patients were subjected to stressors, like dipping a foot in icy water (sounds fun), and even when patients were told to sniff lavender because it had destressing abilities, it didn't do a thing for their bodies' physical stress levels. They found that lemon did lift people's moods, but it didn't affect their heart rates, blood pressure, immune functions, or stress hormones.
Scientists admitted that the results surprised them. Even the people who believed in the power of aromatherapy — those who regularly bought scented products — didn't show any physical reactions to what they sniffed.
So according to this study (which cost nearly $374,000, by the way), aromatherapy may not be a cure for illnesses or pain, and it may boost your immune system. When it comes down to it, if smelling a scent makes you happy, having a sniff certainly won't hurt you. What do you think? Is aromatherapy a bunch of quackery, or do you think it really can heal the body and make you feel better?
Nature has provided an abundance of wonderful scents that come to us through the essences of flowers, fruits, barks, seeds, and woods. Aromatherapy is the art and science of combining these pure essences in order to create blends that help to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance.
Essential oils are derived purely from plants and can be used alone, in a bath, in an Aromatherapy Ring, or in products like candles or massage oil, to enhance or change your mood. But beware -- lookout for synthetic scented oils and products since these can cause headaches and other negative side effects. Want to know which scents spark what mood? Then read more
Hmmm? I wouldn't believe it unless I read it myself.
But a recent study suggests that lavender and tea tree oils found in some shampoos, soaps, and lotions can temporarily leave boys with enlarged breasts in rare cases, apparently by disrupting their hormonal balance.
The condition, gynecomastia, developed (pun intended) with 3 boys, and researchers suspected that the oils might be upsetting the boys’ hormonal balance. So they did a series of laboratory tests to check how these oils work within human cells.
The oils appeared to mimic estrogen (the hormone in women that causes breast growth) and blocked the male hormone androgen.
The good news is that it happens infrequently and clears up when the oils are no longer used.
Isn't that crazy? My first question then would be, can this news work towards the advantage of women seeking bigger boobs? No word on that yet, but this definitely gives new meaning to the term "Man-boobs."