You will be drawn to the kinds of smells that are naturally healing for you. If you find the smell of cinnamon especially irresistible, you could be a 'cinnamon personality'. Cinnamon personalities tend to more physical and emotional than mental. Despite craving cinamonny baked goods, body image is very important to cinnamons. When a cinnamon personality is out of balance they become preoccupied with image and tend to be overly emotional. Interestingly, out of balance cinnamons also share similar skin problems, especially bouts of acne possibly caused by emotional overeating. Notice the cycle? What's my 'aroma-personality'?
This is easy to figure out. Spend a few minutes in a store smelling different essential oils and you'll soon see which you like and which you don't. It's certain that the oils you're drawn to will be good for you. You can double check this with the table below.
If you like the smell of lemongrass essential oil and tend to have oily skin or enlarged pores, that's one box ticked. If you also feel in need of a little inspiration in your life, that's another box ticked. Are you also warm and friendly, and prone to being a dreamer? Lemongrass may be for you.
Get a whiff of these essential oil must-haves for starters: LEMONGRASSPersonality: Warm, friendly, may be a bit of a dreamer
Mood: Refreshing, inspiring
Skin Type: Oily/acne, large pores
ROSEWOODPersonality: Gentle, nurturing, supportive
Mood: Calms, relieves tension
Skin Type: Wrinkles, blemishes, sensitive skin
GERANIUM OILPersonality: Interesting, generous, kind
Mood: Balances mood and emotions
Skin Type: Eczema, dermatitis, sensitive skin
YLANG YLANGPersonality: Intense and passionate yet calm and balanced
Mood: Uplifting, eases depression
Skin Type: Balances combination skin
A large choice of aromatherapy brands and types can be a little intimidating. When it comes to choosing an aromatherapy oil, look for purity and pick an organic product wherever possible. If the bottle says the oil is a blend, or anything other than '100% pure essential oil', it may not be the quality you're looking for.
Seeing the Latin name of the plant on the bottle is always a good sign ' that way you can look it up and identify exactly what it is you're buying. One more trick is to see if a country of origin is named. You may not know which countries produce better quality essential oils, but if a manufacturer includes this information it means it's more likely they're supported by professionals who do.
It's all in the blend
Once you've found the essential oil you think is 'the one', you'll need to find the best way to use it. You could inhale it using a burner, bathe in it, or apply it (diluted) to your skin. If you're looking to improve the condition of your skin, massaging it in is the way to go. The trick is to use very little.
Choose a carrier oil (an oil that will 'carry' or hold the essential oil) that's good for your skin type. Coconut oil, which you can also eat, is good for all skin types. Avocado oil is the right choice for ageing or very dehydrated skin ' and you can drizzle it on salads, too. Go for jojoba oil if your skin is somewhere in the middle. Then, when it comes to diluting your essential oils in the carrier oil you've chosen, easy does it. Follow the directions on the bottle to the letter.
As a general rule, make sure that there's no more than 0.5% aromatherapy oil in a carrier blend you're going to use often. That's a very, very, small amount. At times you may need no more than a single drop.
What is phototoxicity?
A really long word that means an essential oil (or anything else you put on your skin) can cause damage when you go out in the sun. To be 100% safe, avoid using citrus oils like bergamot, lemon, lime, orange and angelica in the day or on skin that will be exposed to the sun. Always use sunscreen either way.
did you know?Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn't mean they're not powerful. Stay safe in general by doing research on any essential oil you use, by always diluting essential oils, and following any warnings on the bottle. Ask an aromatherapist for advice if in doubt.The aromatherapist's apothecary
If you're at all concerned, consider checking your oil of choice against this aromatherapists' 'safe list'. These essential oils are all considered among the safest when used as directed.
Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rosewood, Ylang ylang, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosewood, Sandalwood
Still, if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, on medication, under 12, or have any sort of serious health problems, ask a trained aromatherapist before you use any aromatherapy oil. Essential oil is powerful stuff and can affect your mind and body profoundly.
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