I am such an enthusiast of great-smelling aroma! Not only because they smell good, but the aroma has this magical way of altering moods, particularly good moods.
Aromatherapy uses scents to soothe your mind and body, which may help relieve nausea, pain, and stress. The great thing about aromatherapy is there are a few methods and they all can be done in your sacred space. Those methods are candles, potpourri, incense, and essential oils.
Candles– Let’s not get confused with scented candles which is a common method of aromatherapy in most households. Aromatherapy candles and scented candles are two totally different types of candles. Scented candles are infused with fragrance oils and aromatherapy candles are infused with natural plant essences like flowers, plants, herbs, and even fruits which releases a continuous vapor of essential oils into the air when lit. Both work well at releasing negative emotional and physical feelings.
Potpourri– Potpourri is just dried up leaves and petals that you can create yourself from your own garden or buy pre-packaged at an arts and crafts store. Use a dehydrator if you plan to make your potpourri. This not only speeds up the drying process, but the dehydrator retains the natural fragrance of the flowers. Mix your desired assortment of flowers, petals, leaves, wood chips, etc. Choose a bowl that you would like to display your potpourri in and place your potpourri into this bowl. Choosing glass or glazed ceramic bowls work best as the essential oils can absorb into porous surfaces. Using a pipette, dropper or the orifice reducer that may be built into your blending bottle, sprinkle 5-8 drops of your blend onto your potpourri. Based on the strength of the chosen blend and the amount of your potpourri materials, you may need to adjust the number of drops that you use. When the aroma weakens, add more drops of the blend to refreshen the aroma.
Essential Oils– Speaking of essential oils, I’m grateful for the many uses that allow us to have options. You can use essential oils in many ways; blended with potpourri leaves as explained above, for massage therapy, and in an oil burner with a few drops of water. You can also use a few drops in your bath, and dabble a drop of oil where you apply perfume. There’s even Cosmetic aromatherapy which is a combination of essential oils with facial, skin, body and hair care products.
Incense– Incense, along with essential oils, is commonly used within the spiritual/metaphysical communities. Incense are “punk sticks” infused with fragrance oils and sawdust from machilus wood, a kind of hardwood.