Historically, essential oils were used as part of cultural practices and traditions. We use essential oils for almost everything and anything and feel it is a big part of our wellness. Try some of these rituals, or maybe all of them and see how they effects you. The perfect way to intergrate essential oils into your life is to actually use them! So, keep them somewhere visable. Essential oils can help people get the rest they need, open airways for easier breathing, support the immune system, relieve occasional stomach upset, ease muscle and head tension, calm anxious feelings, calm minor skin irritations and overall support anything you can think of.
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Wake Up Ritual
As you wake up, take a few deep breaths using the palm inhalation technique. When you inhale the scent of the essential oils they have a direct pathway to the limbic system, the part of our brain that governs emotion, memory, and motivation. The physical and psychological effects of inhalation are almost instant. The hands are an extension of the heart, so unlike a perfume that is often worn for the pleasure of others, palm inhalation is an authentic form of self care. Enjoy the tranquillity before starting the day. Meditate and write your morning pages.
When you start the day, choose the essential oil or oils of the day and add it to your diffuser before reaching out to make your morning matcha. What mood do you want to set? The choice is yours. Use your intuition and maybe set and intention.
Morning Shower Ritual
If you have a shower in the morning, you can sprinkle 2-3 drops of essential oil and enjoy the soothing and energising effects of steam inhalation. It is a wonderful ritual to warm up and invigorate during the cold winter mornings.
Essential Oil Rituals – to use as an anchor during the day
Mix 1 drop of Peppermint in 5ml of carrier oil and apply to the back of your neck, while taking a few deep breaths, to freshen up and awaken the senses when you need to during your day.
Inhale directly from an open bottle or rub a drop of oil between your palms and breathe in the aroma. Do as needed throughout the day. Try stimulating oils for work or study or uplifting oils if you need an energy boost. You can use oils to reduce stress, encourage creativity and so on, try;
Orange, Frankincense or Ylang Ylang to help calm the mind.
Rosemary, Peppermint or Basil to increase focus and concentration.
Evenings are a great time to relax and unwind. Pick your favourite essential oils and diffuse in the bedroom after dinner. Some of the best essential oils to diffuse at night time are: Lavender, Frankincense, Cedar wood, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile and Neroli.
If you are having a bath before going to sleep you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil plus a bit of epsom salt to help calm the mind, release tension and prepare for sleep.
Mix 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Frankincense with Jojoba oil and apply to face as a moisturiser. This is a beautiful and luxurious ritual that will help regenerate, tone and hydrate the skin throughout the night. You can also mix jojoba oil with a few drops of your desired essential oil for a soothing overall body moisturiser.
Foot Soak Ritual
If you have dry, cracked, heavy or aching feet, you can treat yourself to a foot soak. Add 2 drops of either Lavender, Eucalyptus, Chamomile or Peppermint to a bowl of warm water. Submerge your feet and let them soak for 15min. It feels amazing.
Self Massage Ritual
Nothing says “I love me” like a session of self massage with essential oils and either sesame oil or sweet almond oil. Self massage or Abhyanga is a big thing in Ayurveda and it helps us keeping ourself balanced. This keeps the skin smooth and the body flexible. Choose an oil that fits your dosha or just an oil that you like.
A. Always start at the crown of the head, and massage the scalp
B. Continue to add small amounts of oil as you massage.
C. Work in circular strokes from the extremities toward the body.
E. Slowly move down the body, giving attention to each area.
D. Don’t forget the soles of your feet!
Treat the massage like a meditation. Keep the awareness on the part of the body you are massaging to release any tension or pain. If you start to think and become distracted, bring it back.
Add 1 drop of Lavender essential oil to your pillow to help sleep. You can also put a few drops to your wrists and back of the neck to soothe the mind and improve the quality of your sleep. Try putting Cedarwood under your feet, Highest potential on your big toe and Release on your heart chakra
Eva & Dagný