Aromatherapy, when I first heard the phrase, holding a newborn on my lap, sounded like something that people who had time to brush their teeth should worry about, not me. The only “therapy” I thought I needed then was a solid night’s sleep (or at least four hours…is that too much to ask??), not some fancy little bottles I didn’t have time to learn how to use! But a been-there-done-that mom convinced me to give aromatherapy oils a whirl (or a whiff) and let me tell you—our sense of smell is much more powerful than we tend to give it credit for! I can honestly credit my nose for becoming a much more mellow mommy. So before you turn your nose up at essential oils, let me tell you why the right scents are indeed exactly what you need right now—for you and your baby.
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Ahh … cocoa butter. It’s versatile, smells heavenly and truly loves dry, irritated skin. Better yet, it’s the go-to natural ingredient you can use to make a whole range of homemade skincare solutions – from lotions and salves, to belly balms and foot remedies.
I try not to take traditional medicine unless it’s absolutely necessary, as in: I’m on my deathbed, gasping for breath. (And my boyfriend teases me that even if I were on my death bed, I’d ask for a tincture of apple cider vinegar and aloe. But I digress.) Fortunately, I get by pretty well on my own between my healthy habits and knowledge of herbs—like oil of oregano. Boy do I love that stuff when you’re feeling under the weather!
Q: What’s this tea tree oil ingredient I’m seeing in so many of my beauty products?
A: Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia and has a multitude of practical uses. Tea tree oil has become extremely popular for its natural anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Most people purchase tea tree in its pure oil form, but you can find it among the top-listed ingredients in everything from shampoo to toothpaste to lip balm. Read more →
In the winter months, using essential oils can bring many benefits. Specifically, taking a deep, cleansing breath is one thing that’s easily supported with aromatherapy. Eucalyptus oil, always a front-runner when diffusing or vaporizing, is a wonderful choice to help ease the complaints of cold weather. Not to mention the pleasant, fresh aroma of eucalyptus can bring life into the stale air of a home that has been tightly closed for the preservation of warmth in the winter.
Essential oils can do many things. One of their most important features is the ability to influence mood and emotion. At this time of year, oils with calming and relaxing properties are popular, but sometimes we can also use a boost to keep our spirits bright.
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