Here are some
aromatherapy recipes to improve your health, reduce anxiety, relieve common pet problems, cleanse insect bites, soothe the jagged edge of PMS, sanitize and freshen your home, and make your workplace a nicer, more comfortable environment. Experiment with these aromatherapy recipes to see which ones you enjoy using and which ones provide the most benefit. Any recipe may be modified to suit your personal taste.
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Anxiety Burns/Sunburn Cough Cystitis Dandruff Depression Digestion Dogs Dry Hair Hair Loss Headaches Insect Bites Insomnia Laryngitis Migraine Oily Hair Sinus Skin Conditions Women's Health
Anxiety Single oils: Lavender, patchouly, sandalwood, cedarwood, valerian Blends: Oregano mixed with either thyme, nutmeg, peppermint, or jasmine
Burns/Sunburn Add several drops of lavender to water and place directly on burn, or apply neat to burn. Never mix lavender with massage or carrier oil when using it for burns! Apply it neat, or diluted in water. Add lavender to water in a spray mist bottle for frequent application to sunburn or burned skin. Note: Lavandin is not a suitable substitute for lavender, especially where burns are concerned. Use pure lavender oil.
Cough Single oils: Myrtle, goldenrod, ledum, fir, ravensara, cedarwood Add one drop of any of these oils to cup of warm water with tsp. honey. Drink, or inhale vapor when mixed with hot water Blends: Mix tea tree [melaleuca alternifolia] with thyme, myrrh, eucalyptus radiata, lemon, or juniper Add to massage oil and rub on chest and neck, or use for inhalation, or add mixture of oils to Epsom salts bath
Interested in natural home remedies for coughs and sore throats? Find out how they resolved coughs and sore throats in the old days using natural herbal remedies. Visit the
Old Home Remedies Guide.
Aromatherapy Recipes for Cystitis 1 drop juniper or German or Roman chamomile added to water or juice; drink at least once daily for immune support. Lavender added to bath water or used in a sitz bath. Or add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath or sitz bath. For extremely uncomfortable bladder infections, add a drop of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water, soak a cotton ball in it, and gently dab on urethra. Relief should be fairly quick.
Depression Single oils: Melissa, geranium, rose, frankincense Dab a drop onto handkerchief for frequent inhalation, or diffuse in room or bath For use in bath: Ylang ylang, clary sage, or jasmine added to bath salts or bath gel
Aromatherapy Recipes for Skin Conditions Dry Skin 1 drop rosewood, 1 drop patchouly, 1 drop geranium to a tablespoon of carrier oil Fungus 3 drops rosemary, 6 drops lavender added to carrier oil Psoriasis Add 2 drops patchouly, 2 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops melissa to lotion or oil and apply Anti-Aging Add 6 drops rosewood, 4 geranium, 3 lavender, 2 frankincense to oil or lotion Wrinkle Reduction Add 5 drops each of sandalwood, helichrysum, geranium, lavender, and frankincense to lotion or oil Poison Ivy Mix melaleuca alternifolia with either lemon, lemongrass, thyme, basil, lavender, eucalyptus dives, or geranium; then add to lotion or oil and apply Skin Ulcers Mix lavender with either chamomile, geranium, rosewood or patchouly Dandruff 10 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops rose, mixed with 5 milliliters of jojoba oil; massage thoroughly into hair; rinse out
How did natural folk medicine treat difficult skin conditions like eczema? Are there are natural home remedies for this annoying skin condition? Find out in the
Old Home Remedies Guide
Aromatherapy Recipes for Insect Bites To 1 teaspoon of massage oil, add 1 drop thyme, 10 drops lavender, 4 drops eucalyptus radiata, 3 drops Roman or German chamomile; apply to insect bite as soon as possible Insect Repellent Add 6 drops peppermint, 6 drops tea tree oil [melaleuca alternifolia] 9 drops eucalyptus radiata, to 4 ounces light massage oil like almond and apply to skin. Or add to spray bottle to mist affected areas.
Insomnia Single oils: Lavender, valerian Blends: Lavender with Roman chamomile, or with bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, or tangerine Recipe: 9 drops lavender 3 drops Idaho tansy 3 drops marjoram For use in bath or diffusion
Dandruff For Dandruff: 5 drops lemon 1 drop rosemary ct cineol or sage 1 drop lavender 1 quart pure water Shake well to mix. Massage into scalp and rinse out. OR: 10 drops eucalyptus 15 drops rosemary 2 ounces jojoba oil Mix and massage into scalp.
Dry Hair For Dry Hair: 2 drops ylang ylang 8 drops rosewood 4 drops geranium Mix into conditioner, blend well, add to hair for recommended amount of time and rinse out
Laryngitis 1 drop melissa 1 drop lemon Add drops to teaspoon of honey and swallow
Interested in natural home remedies for laryngitis and sore throats? Find out how they treated laryngitis in the old days using natural herbal remedies. Visit the
Old Home Remedies Guide.
Aromatherapy Recipes for Digestion Single oils: Peppermint, ginger, lemon, mountain savory, oregano, work well for an upset stomach For nausea: Peppermint, neat or with ginger Blends: Mix basil with tarragon, peppermint, fennel, juniper, cumin, or geranium or: Mix lavender with patchouly, peppermint, Idaho tansy, or tarragon To improve digestion: Tarragon, sage, peppermint, nutmeg, marjoram, tangerine Heartburn: Sip lemon in water, or mix a recipe for massage: 2 drops basil 2 drops Idaho tansy 8 drops sage 3 drops sandalwood
To learn more about natural home remedies for heartburn visit the
Old Home Remedies Guide.
Aromatherapy Recipes for Dogs Single oils: Lavender Add to dog shampoo, bedding, or rub a drop into dog's fur for a nice fragrance To repel insects: Thyme, or tea tree [melaleuca alternifo- lia], eucalyptus radiata, or peppermint, added to water and sprayed around dog areas CAUTION: We do not recommend using essential oils for cats! Cats have a very different metabolism from dogs and essential oils may be toxic to them. Use only for dogs.
Hair Loss For Hair Loss: 10 drops cedarwood 8 drops rosemary ct cineol 10 drops sandalwood 10 drops lavender Mix into shampoo bottle; massage scalp thoroughly when shampooing and rinse well.
For more natural hair loss remedies visit the
Old Home Remedies Guide.
Headaches Single oils which increase flow of oxygen to the brain are listed below. Inhale or dab a drop onto temples: Idaho tansy, lavender, Roman chamomile, peppermint, basil, lemon, bergamot Headache formula for aromatherapy or massage: 4 drops Idaho tansy 5 drops Roman chamomile 2 drops peppermint 1 drop basil 3 drops rosemary -- OR -- 12 drops bergamot 2 drops lavender 3 drops geranium 2 drops rosemary 5 drops lemon
Migraine Mix rosemary with one of the following: basil, peppermint, melissa, lavender, ylang ylang, marjoram Another migraine formula: Mix a drop of helichrysum to a drop of sandalwood and dab under nose, back of neck, or temples
Oily Hair Essential oils that reduce oiliness in hair are patchouly and lemongrass. Add a few drops to shampoo and shake well before using. NOTE: Shampoos which contain essential oils do not lather up well. Massage them into the scalp and rinse.
Sinus Headache/Congestion Inhale, diffuse or mix this formula with massage oil: 5 drops melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) 9 drops rosemary 2 drops bergamot 7 drops lavender 3 drops lemon 4 drops geranium To relieve sinus congestion, inhale or diffuse any of these oils separately or in combination. Try making your own blends: Sandalwood, fir, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, melaleuca alternifolia, peppermint, fennel Or try mixing rosemary with eucalyptus radiata or lemon, or Sage with thyme, cinnamon, or spearmint Or you can make these formulas for inhaling or diffusing: 1 drop lemon 2 drops eucalyptus radiata 3 drops rosemary 2 drops peppermint -- OR -- 10 drops peppermint 5 drops eucalyptus radiata 3 drops melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) OR -- 1 drop lemon 2 drops eucalyptus radiata 3 drops rosemary 2 drops peppermint
Aromatherapy Recipes for Women's Health Night Sweats Inhale sage, clary sage, or blue yarrow, or add drop to food and drink, or add a few drops to a bath or massage oil PMS Add a drop of sage, clary sage, anise, or fennel to food or drink; diffuse; add to bath; add to massage oil Add lemongrass or ylang ylang to a bath gel for a soothing bath or shower Other useful combinations: Mix sage with either clary sage, fennel, basil, bergamot, yarrow, chamomile, pine, anise or orange Hormonal balance Add 10 drops basil, 10 marjoram, 8 hyssop, 4 helichrysum, 6 ylang ylang, to 8 ounces of massage or carrier oil for a relaxing and calming lotion AROMATHERAPY RECIPES >>> MAKING ESSENTIAL OILS
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