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Treat Yourself to Personalized Essential Oil Blends

*BONUS Relaxing Foot Massage Recipe Included*


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Some days your muscles are more sore than usual, or you feel particularly stressed out or emotionally unbalanced. It happens to all of us and is a reminder for us to be gentle with ourselves. When I have these types of days I rely on essential oils as a comforting remedy.


Knowing how powerful essential oils are, people who are ‘into’ essential oils are really into them. The secret is in the essential oil’s aromatic qualities and its ability to not only act on your physiological well-being, but also your emotional system.


The part of your brain that allows you to smell is also intricately involved with your emotions and memories. Notice how you often feel smells? For me, freshly baked apple pie smells warm and cozy. Pine needles smell peaceful and serene. Popcorn smells like fun.


We can take advantage of the fact that scents affect our emotions and purposely use essential oils to bring about desired states of well-being.   


Choose essential oils based on your affinity to the smell. There’s a reason why you like it. Maybe your body craves its therapeutic properties or you associate the smell with a nice memory. Take a look at the healing effects below to narrow down which ones would benefit you the most:


Eucalyptus: Balancing and refreshing. Has antiseptic, expectorant, decongestant, antiviral and properties. Clears the head, and is stimulating for memory. 


Jasmine: Emotionally balancing. Has anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, antiseptic and sedative properties. Beneficial to irritated skin.    


Lavender: Relaxing, uplifting, rejuvenating and calming. Has anti fungal, anti-septic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. Used for stress, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, infection, acne, and skin irritations. 


Mandarin: Calming. Has anti fungal, antispasmodic, and digestive properties. Useful for over-excitement, depression, stress and insomnia.  


Patchouli: Relaxing. Has anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Used for dry skin, acne, anxiety, and depression.  


Peppermint: Uplifting, rejuvenating, and refreshing. Has antiseptic, expectorant, mental stimulant and antispasmodic properties. Used for headaches, congestion, fever, fatigue, sinus headaches, migraines and muscle soreness.  


Rosemary: Has circulatory stimulant, mental stimulant, anti-depressant properties. Used for tired muscles, sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, headaches, coughs, flu.  


Since essential oils are very potent, they need to be diluted in an unscented base lotion or carrier oil. The carrier oil or lotion chosen should absorb into the skin well and shouldn't have a strong scent in itself. Great oils for this purpose include sweet almond, apricot kernal, peach kernel, hazelnut, grape seed and coconut oils. Oil bases that are also great are wheat germ, avocado and jobjoba oils because they themselves have therapeutic value for the skin


It can be beneficial to blend essential oils together so that they can synergistically work on the desired emotional or physiological condition. There are many books and on-line resources that suggest great recipes for specific needs.



The volatile oils in aromatic plants provide us with potent essential oils that can be used to soothe or invigorate us.


Essential oils can be used in many ways. For example oil blends can be used in relaxing massages and baths; as a hair treatment for scalp and hair conditions; or in lip balms and salves for skin conditions.


I find it very easy to use essential oil blends as massage oils for almost instant emotional balance. It feels blissful to massage the oil into your feet to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work.


*Relaxing Foot Massage Oil Recipe

             Rosemary        3 drops

Peppermint      1 drops

Lavender         2 drops

Carrier Oil       2  tsp



It is important to note that essential oil constituents make up only a small fraction of the whole plant, meaning it can take many pounds of a plant to produce even just a small vial of its oils. I’ve heard that it takes 30 roses to make a single drop of essential oil! This is why it is so important to use essential oils that are grown organically and responsibly. Use them with care and with a grateful smile in your heart. Enjoy  J 



*Please be aware that all essential oils are contraindicated for internal use, pregnant and lactating women, and children under 3.



 Written By: Lea Tran





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