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Making Aromatic Mists For Therapeutic Uses

By Lynn Price

Home-made aromatherapy sprays are one of the easiest yet most profound methods of using the therapeutic aspect of essential oils. They’re also a great way to create a natural air-freshener for use in any space, one that will far surpass the aromatic beauty of a store-bought synthetic fragrance. Further, you can create aromatherapy sprays to suit special health needs for yourself and your family by selecting oils with specific therapeutic effects.

Getting others in your family involved will have two important benefits: First, they’re likely to let you know which scents appeal to them the most. Often in aromatherapy, it is the scents we are most fond of that can have the strongest supporting effects for our health. Second, they’re also more likely to use and enjoy the mists they’ve had a part in making.

Just a few items are required: spray bottles and water are required. Plastic measuring pipettes, or simple eye droppers make measuring the essential oils an easy task. If you’ll be making enough spray that you think you’d want a little natural preservative, you can use a little witch hazel. Finally, if you’d like to go all out, you can use an emulsifier that helps your oils and water stay blended. For this you can use small amounts of a product called “Tween80″, also known as “Polysorbate80″ available through specialty retailers online. These are really only necessary if you truly don’t want to shake your bottles quite so often!

And of course you’ll need some essential oils. There’s a very wonderful array of oils available online; a much more diverse selection than you’ll find at your local health food market. Plus you’ll have the option of using medicinal grade oils in your blends if you so desire. Many dedicated aromatherapy practitioners believe the higher grade oils are worth the cost, particularly if your blends are intended you support your health and the health of your family. You may also find a big difference simply in the aromas. Therapeutic grade oils tend to have stronger, more interesting scents as well, which will translate into a much nicer aromatherapy mist.

While the most of the commonly used essential oils will be very safe in this application, if children will be handling the pure essential oils, safety should be considered. The “flowery” oils like lavender and chamomile are quite safe, as are more exotic scents such as Bulgarian rose and Indian sandalwood. Citrus oils and the “needle” oils from evergreen trees can be sensitizing; direct application to the skin is not recommended – and if you select very pungent oils, particularly cinnamon, clove or peppermint, application to the skin should be avoided altogether, and generally kept away from the younger ones. For everyone’s safety, just instruct your formulators to not get any oil on them, and to never spray the mists on their bodies, nor near anyone else’s eyes or face. If you have any questions or concerns about a particular oil, there are many resources available on the internet or in books about aromatherapy.

The making of the sprays themselves is as easy as it seems: fill your bottles 4/5ths of the way with water, then almost top them off with witch hazel (if you’re using it). Add eight drops of “tween” per ounce of final spray if you’re using that too. Then add your essential oils, using a total amount of between four and sixteen drops per ounce. Finally, just cap and shake vigorously — the longer you shake the first time, the less you may have to shake in the future before each use. Any single oil you’re fond of the fragrance of will make a wonderful spray without blending. Favorites include lavender, rose geranium, ylang ylang, sandalwood, spruce and fir.

If you’d like to make something a little more fancy for children and even infants, try two drops each of lavender and roman chamomile in pure water. Both these oils are broadly appealing, and have very soothing effects on children. This recipe might even be used regularly as a sleep aid at night or at nap time.

Citrus oils are especially well-liked during the warmer months. They also blend together very easily (whereas it can be harder to create nice aromas from scents of different families). You can mix sweet and tart oils for a wonderful effect. Suggested oils are bergamot, sweet orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime and mandarin. In France, mandarin is known as “the children’s remedy” as it has a natural constituent not found in the other citrus oils that is especially soothing to the young ones.

Some people absolutely love the aromas of the needle oils, like pine, spruce and fir. Others aren’t so sure, as they’re so used to synthetic “pine” aroma, they don’t know how wonderful the real thing can be! But these aromas are considered calming, stimulating and grounding all at the same time. As an added bonus, these are thought to be among the most potent antiviral essential oils as well.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, and are wanting to create new, complex blends, it is strongly recommended to proceed slowly. It’s easy to make “mud”, even when all the aromas you’ve started with are lovely. It can be helpful to create your new blend drop by drop in a small bottle, keeping notes as to what you’ve added, and let the blend sit for a while before adjusting (you’d be surprised how much a blend’s aroma can change after an hour or so). Whether using single oils, oils of the same family, or making your own inspired creation, aromatherapy mists are a fantastic introduction into the world of essential oils that you’re whole family can enjoy.

For more on the therapeutic value of pure organic essential oils, and one of many important oils individually such as cypress essential oil, visit The Ananda Apothecary online.

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