October 30, 2010

Aroma Lamps

No matter how much make-up or skincare products you put on your face, if you feel crappy it'll show.  So from now on, I'm including posts that'll help us be beautiful inside too.

Aromatherapy has been practiced for thousands of years and uses essential oils (these are oils derived from plants) for healing and to promote an overall sense of well-being. You know how a certain smell evokes a feeling or even a memory?  It's sort of like that.  When molecules of the essential oil are inhaled, they send a signal to your brain which triggers a specific reaction.

One of the more popular aromatherapy methods is the use of an aroma lamp.  Sometimes, when I am desperate for a good night's sleep, I do this while I prepare for bed and it helps.  In fact, there have been times that I ended up oversleeping.  I guess it's THAT effective haha!
An aroma lamp has a well at the top.  At the bottom is an area that fits a tealight candle.

The first step is to put enough water in the well.  No need to fill it to the top, just make sure its a little more than halfway.  Next, put 3-5 drops of your essential oil.  Essential oils are usually so strong that they are mixed with something else to help diffuse the scent and to prevent any harsh reaction to the skin.

Each essential oil has its own properties, so make sure you're using one that's appropriate.  Below are some examples:
  • Bergamot - Calming, Relieves stress
  • Citronella - Mental stimulant, Uplifting
  • Eucalyptus - Energizing, Stimulating
  • Frankincense - Meditation / Prayer
  • Lavender - Promotes restful sleep, Balances mood swings
  • Patchouli - Aphrodisiac, Keeps you awake
That's just to name a few - there's a wide variety available.  You can also create your signature scent by mixing oils together but be prepared because some scents just don't go well together.  It's going to be a matter of trial and error.

Make sure you are using essential oils and not fragrance oils.  Fragrance oils will just improve the scent of your surroundings, but these are usually synthetic and will not provide the same health benefits.  It's good to note that essential oils don't come cheap - there's a huge difference when it comes to price between essential and fragrance oils.

Next, light your teacup candle.  Always make sure that the tealight candle is in a fireproof container to avoid accidents and never leave it unattended!

Leave it burning for 10-20 mintues and blow out the candle.  The scent should linger for some time.  Never let it burn dry because it's just a bitch having to clean up the oil when it dries up on your lamp.

Where to buy essential oils?  There are specialty stores that carry these.  The Body Shop has essential oils that are already blended based on your need.  The Citromint Company carries both fragrance and essential oils - so you need to make sure what you get

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