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Brighten Up with Aromatherapy

Are you feeling stressed out with work or school?

Do you feel anxious or nervous about an upcoming event or project?

Are you falling asleep at your desk because you aren’t getting enough sleep at night?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your complexion and hair might be suffering, too! But don’t worry- I’m here to help by explaining how you can brighten up with aromatherapy.

According to Aromatherapy .com, “Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.  The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function.”

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that is growing in popularity.  Women and men are using the practice to ease stress, reduce pain relief, boost their energy, enhance their mood, and improve mental (and physical) health.

You will find many essential oils available for aromatherapy. The different oils are known to have unique healing properties. Mood blends include:

Symptom: Stress (my top problem!)

Healing Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Symptom: Anxiety / Fear

Healing Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

Symptom: Sadness / Grief

Healing Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Symptom: Fatigue

Healing Oils: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, and Rosemary are also known to be memory boasters!

Looking for an aromatherapy hair treatment? Try these ideas that I found online at home or at your next girls’ night in:

“Rinsing your hair with water that has a few drops of rosemary or chamomile will condition your hair mildly. Tea tree oil is an excellent hair astringent that helps in gently cleaning the scalp of dandruff and lice. Mix 2 drops of bay, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, rosemary, roman chamomile and 20 ml of jojoba oil. Apply it to the scalp and avoid hair loss. Wrap your hair with a shower cap and keep it for at least 3-4 hours and then wash with a gentle natural shampoo. Bay and lavender oil helps to boost the overall growth of your hair."

You can also ask your stylist if your salon sells any aromatherapy products.

Wanting a skin treatment based on aromatherapy? Here are a few to test out (same Website as above):

“A face massage of apricot and avocado or jojoba oil helps normal or sensitive skin to get the glow. Neroli and rose oil can treat dry or mature skin to give a smooth and young face. If troubled by acne, you can use the mix of bergamot and lemon oil to reduce them considerably. They can also be used on oily skin to cleanse the extra oil off the face. Carrot oil in vegetable oil can be used for under eye darkness and for radiant face.”

So what are you waiting for? It's about time you brighten up with aromatherapy!

In the meantime, if you’ve tried aromatherapy products, which would you recommend to our readers? Comment below or tweet us your best aromatherapy advice @loxabeauty!