Aromatherapy to Help You Relax, Focus, Balance, and Revive
It’s a New Year, and time to tap into aromatherapy with our four-week plan to help reset your wellness quotient in 2021, featuring top trending essential oils.
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Week 1: Relax
Release tension in body, mind, and spirit. With your morning stretch session, diffuse an aromatic blend featuring uplifting petitgrain essential oil (Citrus aurantium) to gently ease you into the day. Petitgrain, or bitter orange leaf, is a steam-distilled citrus essential oil with a tart but less floral fragrance than cousins neroli and sweet orange. This essential oil eases anxiety and re-centers stressed souls with its fresh scent. Pair it with clementine (Citrus clementina) to combat stress and promote contentment; blend these two restoratives with lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to support your new pattern of self-care and renewal.
Week 2: Focus
Inhaling pungent, refreshing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) helps get your brain whirring into top gear. High in camphor, rosemary has been celebrated for centuries as the herb of remembrance. Scientists have studied the oil’s effect on sharpening brain function and memory. Diffuse during the day with the clarifying scent of peppermint (Mentha piperita) or sunny lemon (Citrus limon) to promote focus, or create an aromatic mist to use as you tick off items on that to-do list.
Week 3: Balance
To support a new mindfulness, choose bergamot (Citrus bergamia), a fruity citrus oil you may recognize as the scent of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot combats moodiness with adaptogenic properties that respond to the nervous system’s varying needs for stimulation or relaxation—a natural balancing act. Blend with rose geranium (Pelargonium roseum), which offers a sense of harmony and emotional wellness. Both bergamot and rose geranium are low-key aromatics that mesh with other oils. Blend with rosemary for a morning lift and with lavender in the evening to relax.
Week 4: Revive
Now you’re now ready to enhance your spirit with the rejuvenating scent of fir (Abies alba) or its sister conifer, black spruce (Picea mariana). The bracing aroma of fir will erase fatigue, lift low spirits, and motivate the weary. Black spruce offers a rousing aroma that, like fir, stimulates the respiratory system; along with woodsy eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), this trio will spur you to achieve your next goal. And the natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of these oils combat germs to keep you healthy. Apply them in a pre- or post-workout balm—weekend warriors love the energy burst these oils provide.
RELAX Aromatic Mist
Spritz throughout the day to calm and center. Or add just the oils a diffuser (leave out the hydrosol or distilled water).
- 4 oz. Lavender Hydrosol or Distilled Water
- 24 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil
- 32 drops Clementine Essential Oil
FOCUS Aromatic Mist
Use this mist as either a room or body spray. Or add the oils to a diffuser (leave out the hydrosol or distilled water).
- 4 oz. Sweet Orange Hydrosol or Distilled Water
- 12 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
BALANCE Massage Oil
Apply the blend to pulse points or use a capful in your evening bath.
- 1 oz. Carrier Oil (such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed)
- 14 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- 10 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
REVIVE Muscle Balm
An great balm for pre- or post-workout—or when you need energy. Massage into skin and breathe deeply.
- 12 drops Fir Essential Oil
- 14 drops Black Spruce Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil