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  • December 2017
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Aromatherapy benefits and essential oil recipes

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the art of using highly concentrated essential oils for holistic health. These oils are extracted from herbs, plants and trees. They provide both healthy and damaged cells in our body with oxygen and nutrients, and even protect our DNA. Many people use aromatherapy to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Benefits of aromatherapy

Healing benefits

Science continues to prove what our ancestors have known all along: that aromatherapy oils may help modulate occasional pain and inflammation, help with stress, support a healthy immune system, ease cold and flu symptoms, rid your home of mold and germs, neutralize toxins, give you energy and balance, make you feel rejuvenated, and even repair and purify your mind and body.

Studies have also confirmed that essential oils may have the ability to interfere with abnormal cells or pathogens. The best part is, the oils remain harmless to normal cells and tissues while only targeting the abnormal ones.

Germ-fighting benefits

Research done at Weber State University proves that viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many oils, including cinnamon, oregano and clove. These oils have the ability to disrupt the life cycle of bacteria and cause viruses to be unable to replicate.

The studies found the Thieves oil recipe to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. Thieves oil is a common aromatherapy recipe used for keeping your home free from germs, and the air pure and healthier to breathe. Check out the recipes below for how to make your own Thieves oil for aromatherapy.

Ways to use essential oils

Essential oils are very potent and only a small drop can be quite powerful. It’s best to dilute the oil by using a carrier oil, alcohol (like vodka) or water when you mix them. Two commonly used carrier oils are almond and jojoba.

Food-grade essential oils can be used for cooking as well as on your skin — but be sure the oils are food grade before you add them to your dish. Most essential oils on the market are perfume grade and contain many harmful toxins. If you plan to use the oils simply for topical purposes, it’s still smart to be sure they are high quality or therapeutic grade.

Listed below are a few proper ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy.

  • Diffuse – A diffuser creates a healing environment since it continually emits the pleasant aromatic scents of essential oils into the air you breathe. Three ways to diffuse essential oils are with a plug-in unit, a candle lamp or an ultrasonic nebulizer. A plug-in diffuser uses refill pads, the candle lamp uses a glass bowl with a candle underneath, and the ultrasonic nebulizer uses high-frequency vibration to convert essential oils and water into a fine cool mist.
  • Massage – Human touch and bodywork combined with the healing power of essential oils creates positive effects on our body systems. It is a relaxing experience that helps balance the mind, body and spirit. Peppermint oil, for example, is great for relaxing tense muscles. Add 2-3 drops to an ounce of carrier oil before applying topically.
  • Sprays and lotions – Mix essential oils with a carrier oil, water or alcohol to use as a body spray or air freshener. You could also find a non-scented lotion and get creative with your very own scent and healing properties. This is a much healthier option than synthetic perfume, creams and chemically laden bathroom sprays.
  • Mouthwash – You can use essential oils to help with bad breath, toothaches or sore throats. Just add one drop of oil (anise, for example) and two teaspoons of cider vinegar to a glass. Mix well and then fill the glass with warm water. Stir and rinse your mouth with the mixture twice daily.
  • Bath – Add 4-8 drops to your bath for a relaxing experience. Be sure to agitate the water with your hand before you get in. Lavender is an especially relaxing and calming oil to try.
  • Inhalation – Depending on what you are trying to accomplish with aromatherapy oils, you may simply receive healing benefits from their smell. Aromatherapy scent inhalers or inhalation beads can offer stress, head relief, sleep and sinus help. But, you could also put a few drops on a handkerchief and sniff. Also, try adding 2-3 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Put your face over the bowl and breathe normally for a few minutes.


Blending essential oils is an art. Have fun with it and get creative! Use them for laundry, cleaning, romance, health concerns, well-being, meditation and more. It will take some education, practice and time to figure out what combines well together and the benefits of those combinations.

Always use caution with highly concentrated botanical oils and remember to dilute. Have fun and enjoy the many benefits aromatherapy has to offer!

Cleansing Thieves Oil

  • Clove - 30 drops
  • Lemon - 25 drops
  • Cinnamon - 10 drops
  • Eucalyptus - 5 drops
  • Rosemary - 3 drops


  • Sage - 2 drops
  • Ylang Ylang - 1 drop
  • Neroli - 20 drops


  • Lavender - 6 drops
  • Tea Tree - 5 drops
  • Geranium - 1 drop


  • Bergamot - 10 drops
  • Lavender - 4 drops
  • Orange - 4 drops
  • Rose Geranium - 1 drop
  • Ylang Ylang or Chamomile - 1 drop


  • Bergamot - 15 drops
  • Lavender - 5 drops
  • Geranium - 7 drops
  • Frankincense - 2 drops
  • Neroli - 5 drops
  • Rose - 5 drops

Curb Cravings

  • Mandarin - 40 drops
  • Peppermint - 12 drops
  • Ginger - 12 drops
  • Lemon - 20 drops

Wake Up

  • Basil - 1 drop
  • Lemon - 2 drops
  • Ylang Ylang - 2 drops

Cold & Flu Relief

  • Lemon - 1 drop
  • Eucalyptus - 2 drops
  • Rosemary or Hyssop - 1 drop


  • Peppermint - 1 drop
  • Rosemary - 1 drop
  • Cinnamon - 2 drops

Headache Relief

  • Peppermint - 3 drops
  • Lavender - 3 drops
  • Chamomile - 3 drops

Cheer Up

  • Lime - 1 drop
  • Grapefruit - 1 drop
  • Lemon - 2 drops
  • Tangerine - 6 drops

Pure Air

  • Tea Tree - 1 drop
  • Grapefruit - 1 drop
  • Lemon - 10 drops

Carpet Deodorizer

  • Lavender - 20 drops
  • Tea Tree - 10 drops
  • Lemon - 10 drops
  • Baking soda - 16 ounces

Fresh Breath

  • Peppermint - 2 drops
  • Myrrh - 1 drop
  • Tea Tree - 1 drop
Theresa Groskopp, CN

Theresa Groskopp, a licensed certified nutritionist, is the founder and president of Natural Healthy Concepts, which has a retail location at 310 N. Westhill Blvd. in Appleton. She firmly believes that the foundation of health and wellness lies in proper nutrition. To supplement proper nutrition, Natural Healthy Concepts carries a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade supplements, homeopathic remedies and herbs — all of which are derived from the highest quality ingredients. The store also offers a nice selection of natural health products, including nontoxic sunscreens!

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