New Year inspires many of us to hit the “refresh” button. Incorporating aromatherapy into your detox plans lets you tap into the therapeutic cleansing properties of essential oils, banish the blues with uplifting scents, and awaken your senses from the winter doldrums.
The following essential oils and blends can not only lead to better health and wellness but also offer the uplifting pleasure of a natural fragrance. They are also particularly good for detoxification.
Take a deep breath of essential oil of Peppermint (Mentha piperita),and let its menthol aroma open airways and revive a sleepy head. As a natural antioxidant, peppermint will help detoxify your liver and strengthen the GI system. Peppermint tea is valued as a digestive, so switch your afternoon coffee for a minty cup to continue the detoxifying benefits of your morning blend.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) is an antibacterial powerhouse. With its crisp, clarifying scent, juniper is often mixed with eucalyptus to scent spa saunas and steam rooms, and to help purify the air and cleanse the lungs. Juniper also contains constituents that act as diuretics, helping flush excess water from the kidneys and toxins from the skin.
The bright tartness of lemon enlivens many beverages, and it’s this astringent property that makes essential oil of Lemon (Citrus limon) the perfect choice for wringing out excess water weight. Lemon essential oil reduces inflammation and supports the immune system. in a diffuser or massage blend. Lemon’s detoxifying elements also reduce inflammation in the body and support the immune system. Squeeze a few drops of fresh juice into each glass of water to boost daily hydration.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is a tangy citrus that helps expel unwanted toxins and combats microbes in the body that can cause bloating, aiding in weight loss.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an ancient herb sacred to many Native Americans, who for centuries have used it to cleanse, or smudge, their homes from negative energy. The essential oil is often used in natural medicine to dissolve fat cells and battle hard-to-fight cellulite. This essential oil is very strong — just the smallest of doses is effective, and the herbal scent will offer a grounding element to an evening detox blend.
A liquorice-like aroma signals the presence of Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), an essential oil that, like sage, fights fat and cellulite. You may recognize fennel as an ingredient in teas formulated for weight loss, as the herb can boost the metabolism and suppress the appetite. It is an antispasmodic, and acts on the digestive tract to quell nausea; as a diuretic, fennel helps reduce water retention. In short, it’s great for your gut!
A Few Detox Blends To Try
For each of the following recipes add the essential oil blend to 50ml of grapeseed or other base oil (we love the English Seed Oil); mix to blend. Massage these blends in a circular motion on your stomach, or add a capful to warm bath water for an aromatic soak.
6 drops Peppermint
16 drops Juniper
18 drops Lemon
10 drops Sweet Fennel
18 drops Grapefruit
10 drops Sage
Note: If you are pregnant or on medication, check with your doctor prior to using essential oils. Conduct a skin patch test prior to use. Although these blends contain a small percentage of essential oils, they may interact with some medicines. Do not ingest the oils.
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