Scents and sensibility: how to do it yourself

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 June, 2008, 12:00am

In Essence training and education manager Pat Princi-Jones offers some basic aromatherapy tips.

Vaporisation: Put cold water in a vaporiser. Never use hot water, it will burn the oil. Try using eucalyptus and tea tree oils. These fight germs in the air and are great for combating humidity.

Body rub: This recipe is good as a detoxing and firming blend. Use a base or carrier oil - usually made of sweet almond or jojoba. Put 12ml of this carrier oil (about a tablespoon) into a bowl and mix in lemon and lemongrass essential oils. Dip fingers into the bowl, distribute the oil on the palms and apply it where needed. When used in massages oils travel through the circulatory system and can benefit tissues.

Hair rinse: Good for dry scalps to impart shine. Use a blend of peppermint, cardamom, lemongrass, lime, grapefruit or to make things easier In Essence combines these in its Energy lifestyle blend. Add this to 100ml water and shake. Apply it after shampooing and conditioning as a final hair rinse. The essential oils enter via hair follicles.

Personal scent: In times of stress, for an energy boost, or to treat a cold or flu apply a drop of peppermint and a drop of lime to a tissue or handkerchief, fold it up and put it under the bra strap or inside the shirt pocket.

Room spritz: If suffering from PMS, add geranium and orange to 100ml of bottled water, spray it around the room.

Travel or jet lag remedy: This recipe is good for fighting nausea while flying or as an energy boost. Add lavender, bergamot, peppermint to 100ml of water and spray around the head.

Princi-Jones uses the 'universal blending technique' when using essential oils: six drops of oil to 100ml of water. If using two different types of oils, use three drops of each. If pregnant or under 12 years of age, halve the amount. Avoid direct contact with the skin and don't mix lids or they become contaminated with other scents.