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Finding new places for aromatherapy in your life

Everyday Aromatherapy

At Perfect Potion, we’ve already integrated aromatherapy into our everyday life. It permeates our home and work. But we would love to involve everyone else. Those who consider themselves avid aromatherapists are experienced in adding aromatherapy into the everyday. But aromatherapy isn’t an elite club where only those who study it can join. Aromatherapy is for everyone! Everyone can enhance their wellness and realise the benefits of using essential oils in their everyday life. So how can you integrate aromatherapy into your everyday?

Laundry

We’d like to talk about laundry. Not many people would think to add essential oils to their laundry ritual (or chore), but adding essential oils can deliver practical and therapeutic benefits. It is best to add these wonderful essential oils to a non-scented or low scented laundry powder or liquid.

Dog/Cat Odour

Does your best friend sleep on your bed? Snuggle time is all well and good but to combat that ‘doggy’ or ‘feline’ smell that lingers you can add essential oils when washing your sheets. When adding your laundry powder or liquid, simply add 2-3 drops of essential oil on top to keep your sheets smelling fresh and to take advantage of the many anti-bacterial properties of many essential oils.

We recommend:
Peppermint
Broad leaved peppermint eucalyptus
Lavender

Undergarments

We recommend:
Geranium

As this month’s essential oil is Geranium, we feel that we should probably tell you how to use it. In-depth details into its properties, therapeutic benefits and psychological benefits can be read in Sal’s Geranium Monograph. But how can you incorporate it into your everyday if you’re just starting out discovering the world of aromatherapy? Or maybe you’re an expert and looking for more ways to introduce it into your household?

Geranium is a sweet scented floral essential oil. When washing your delicates, add 1-2 drops of essential oil on top of your usual laundry liquid or powder for all-day sweet smelling undergarments.

Smelly Socks/Work Out Gear

Working out and keeping busy is great for our bodies, but not so great for the smell of our socks. Often parents of active children or people who exercise regularly wash their socks separately because of the strong odour. The same goes for workout gear, sports clothes and even boxing wraps. To take advantage of the anti-bacterial properties of essential oils and to give your sweaty garments a good clean, try adding 4-5 drops on top of your usual laundry liquid or powder.

We recommend:
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Lemon myrtle
Broad leaved peppermint eucalyptus 

 

These are just a few ideas to incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life.

DIY relaxing and moisturising bath disks

Pure essential oils and Epsom salts relax your mind and body while cocoa butter and sweet almond oil moisturise your skin.

Ingredients

1tbsp Epsom salts
2 tsp Relax herbal tea
50g Cocoa butter
2tsp Sweet almond oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drop Ginger essential oil
20 drops Mandarin essential oil

Method
1. Sprinkle the Epsom salts into the base of four holes of a standard size muffin tin.
2. Gently melt the cocoa butter and sweet almond oil in a small saucepan on the stove.
3. Once the cocoa butter has completely melted remove the saucepan from the heat and add the essential oils.
4. Pour the liquid mixture evenly over the Epsom salts.
5. Sprinkle the Relax herbal tea over the top of the mixture in the muffin tin.
6. Place in the fridge to set.
7. Run a warm bath and drop a disc or two into the bath water (cocoa butter requires warmth to melt).
8. Relax as you allow the essential oils and Epsom salts do their work.
9. As you emerge from the bath the cocoa butter and sweet almond oil will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Remaining bath discs are best stored in the fridge in warm weather.

 

Relaxation Inspiration…

It’s time to examine our down time! Perhaps that time we spend on social media drooling over beautiful food and travel destinations could be better spent focusing on what really brings us peace. The Perfect Potion team share their favourite go-to methods to relax and unwind…


Paola,
visual merchandiser at Perfect Potion, diffuses Relax Essential Oil Blend to create her own personal sanctuary amidst the chaos of daily life. She tells us, “there is something about Relax Blend that transports me to a calmer place mentally, giving me a beautiful feeling of calm and clarity.“

Gabriela from Perfect Potion’s Pacific Fair store finds peace in practising mindfulness and relaxing breathing techniques. Her advice is to “relax by connecting with your body, disconnecting from the outside, forgetting momentarily about any problems or issues that may be going on in your life. Breathe deeply, start visualising a relaxing sacred space… Feel your heartbeat slow with each inhalation”. Keep a Relax Aromatic Mist in your handbag and always be ready to make some quiet time for yourself.

 

Deneale, Perfect Potion’s Retail Administrator, tells us “I will either go for a run or do a workout and then, when I finally stop for the day (just before bed), I rub some Relax Aromatherapy Balm on my shoulders and neck. It really relaxes me after sitting in front of the computer all day at work and running around after three kids.”

Joy, manager of Perfect Potion’s Pacific Fair store, creates a relaxation ceremony. She says, “You will need: a Relax Aromatic Mist, a journal, Relax Herbal Tea, and a Relax Aromatherapy Balm. Gently surround yourself with the aromatherapy mist. If you have an intention this is a great time to repeat it (something simple like I intend to relax and unwind). Take a few minutes to sit in stillness (outside is best) focusing on breathing, acknowledging any thoughts that come up and letting them go. When you feel ready, gently open your eyes, this can be a great time to do some journaling – no need to overanalyse – just anything that comes to mind – a great time to work on solutions to challenging issues/decisions. When you’re relaxed and grounded the world will look different. Sip Relax Herbal Tea while writing – this blend of chamomile, hops flowers and lavender works to calm and soothe your body while you pour out your thoughts onto paper. When finished you may like to repeat (or develop) an affirmation/goal statement. Close the ritual with an expression of gratitude and thanks. Follow with another mist and application of Relax Balm. Massage the balm onto your temples, back of your neck and a small amount onto the soles of your feet. This is a fantastic way to start the day calm and balanced, or to wind down and close the day before bed.”

RelaxBathThings_E9A1153_300pxJo, Perfect Potion’s graphic designer, takes time out to apply Relax Massage Oil to her skin after showering. She tells us, “The blend of relaxing oils is one I never tire of. The gentle floral aromas draw me into the moment just long enough to create a sense of calm and gratitude.”

Anett, Perfect Potion Regional Retail Manager for New South Wales, describes her relaxation routine as, “A gorgeous bath filled with Relax Bath Oil or Relax Bath Soak, crystals and flowers.” Moisturising sweet almond and apricot kernel oils, combined with the calming and soothing combination of essential oils in Relax Bath Oil nourish and calm the body… Or  sink into a Relax Bath Soak, the perfect combination of magnesium salts and relaxing essential oils to melt the stress from your body while you release the thoughts of the day.

For more relaxation inspiration please visit our previous posts on how to relax into your life or discover how to become your own self care master.

DIY Day Spa

Create your very own daily spa!

1. Clear your space

Day spas usually have a very minimalist aesthetic for a reason. A clutter free space filled only with items you love is going to feel so much more relaxing and peaceful. This helpful video is a great guide to decluttering.

2. Decorate with simple natural items

Keep the bathroom fresh and simple. Fresh clean towels and a beautiful indoor plant could be all it takes to get your bathroom ready for your daily spa treatments.

4. Aromatherapy

Fill your house with the relaxing floral aromas of Geranium, Lavender and Ylang Ylang in Relax Essential Oil Blend or Relax Aromatherapy Mist.

Alternatively, if you are feeling more adventurous see the recipes below to craft your very own calming potions…

DIY Inner Calm Diffuser Blend

1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

Add the above essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser and take a few moments to close your eyes and release the tension from your mind and body.

DIY Peaceful Home Room Spray

15 drops Bergamot essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Geranium essential oil
40 drops Essential oil solubilser
100ml Purified water

In a glass jug or bowl mix the drops of Essential Oil Solubilser together with the drops of essential oil.
Slowly stir in the water.
Pour into a spray bottle and shake well. You are ready to create a peaceful home.
Simply mist into the air and enjoy the calming aromas of certified organic Bergamot, Lavender and Geranium essential oils.

DIY Anti-stress Diffuser Blend

3 drops Bergamot essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Geranium essential oil

Add the above essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser or oil burner to help ward off stress!

3. Music

Calming music layers beautifully with aromatherapy to complete the day spa vibe. If you don’t already have a calming playlist then we recommend the Tide app as a simple and beautiful way to use the sounds of nature to focus and calm.

5. Choose your relaxing treatments…

Relax Bath Soak – for a stress melting bath or foot soak.

Relax Body Wash – for an uplifting shower or bubble bath.

Relax Body Lotion – a lightweight, easily absorbed cream to lock in moisture and gently fragrance your skin.

Relax Massage Oil – to nourish, soften and gently fragrance your skin.

Relax Aromatherapy Balm – to relieve tension massage into your temples, shoulders and back of neck.

Relax Herbal Tea –  curl up with a cup of tea and take some time to relax with chamomile, hops flowers and lavender.

Can’t decide which relax products are right for you?

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