I didn’t have any aromatherapy experience when I placed my first order on Etsy with Adirondack Aromatherapy. Based on some recommendations from owner Gretchen Morganstern, I chose a few different types of oils. I use an oil burner at home and have really enjoyed the mood-lifting and health benefits of these oils. I asked Gretchen, a mama of 3 to talk a bit more about aromatherapy here! She agreed, and even better, offered a discount at her Etsy shop! – 10% OFF with code: ‘Adirondack’
The holidays are over. We have rung in the New Year (Happy 2012!) and the Christ-mess has (Hopefully!) been cleared away. For those of us who harbor a great love of Mother Nature and the outdoors, the long dark months of January and February ahead of us can be bleak, dull, and just plain hard to get through. If you are a nature-loving individual, a great way to maintain connection to the natural world over the course of a long upstate NY winter is aromatherapy.
Time efficiency is truthfully a large part of the beauty & appeal of aromatherapy for me, a busy working mom of 3, as opposed to other herbal traditions. Anyone can easily incorporate aromatherapy into their daily routine, and natural fragrances can do so much to brighten your day.
When you have small children you don’t always have time to make yourself a cup of tea, or an herbal infusion, and no one likes taking a lot of pills and/or supplements. But a quick spritz of floral water on your way out the door or between chores is easy and mood-lifting!
Floral scents in particular not only serve as a great reminder that spring is indeed, just around the corner, but also have wonderful therapeutic properties, especially for women of childbearing age. One of my personal favorite oils to work with and my go-to aroma when I’m feeling stressed is a flower commonly found in nearly every upstate NY garden: the Geranium.
Geranium oil is steam distilled from the aerial parts (stem, leaf and flower) of the scented Pelargonium graveolens plant. Geranium is particularly valuable to the female population as a diuretic (for bloating relief), an anti-depressant and anti-spasmodic (prevents / relieves cramping). I combine it with cedar wood essential oil in a nourishing carrier oil such as almond oil and use as an all over moisturizer after a bath or shower to combat cellulite.
I can say first hand that Geranium Oil can work wonders for combating Premenstrual Syndrome, and this is one of my personal favorite oils for it’s blissfully penetrating floral, powdery scent, a rosy, light fragrance that long been valued by aromatherapists for generating a state of emotional and physical balance – truly one of the best oils for women of all ages.
Do you find that you have too much energy one day & not enough the next? If you answered this question with resounding “YES”, a balancing blend such as this one with lavender and geranium is probably the aromatherapy blend for you.
A valuable tip for ensuring you get the most out of aromatherapy: rotate the oils and blends you use on a regular basis, or you run the risk of developing a ‘tolerance’. For example if you have decided you do need more balance in your life, try using lavender for the first half of your menstrual cycle, and geranium for the second half.
You can learn more ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine by visiting my website, ADKaromatherapy.com
By Gretchen Morganstern from Adirondack Aromatherapy
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