Friday, January 6, 2012

Aromatherapy/Botanicals Tip of the Week

Jasmine is known by most as a romantically fragrant flower, but it also has many uses in aromatherapy.  For example, jasmine essential oil can be helpful in relieving hormonal problems such as dysmenorrhoea and is said to help reduce pain during childbirth. Jasmine is also an effective remedy for battling depression and anxiety because the scent has a sedative-like effect and enhances mental functioning.

If you're like me, you sometimes succumb to the winter blues (especially after long months of cold, cold, and more cold here in the Catskills!) and need a little pick-me-up. This milk bath recipe from Aura Cacia's website seems like the perfect remedy!

Soothing Milk Bath
(from Aura Cacia essential oils,
Add 3 drops of jasmine, 6 drops of lavender, 2 drops of clary sage and a single drop of bergamot oil to 3 ounces of whole milk. Add this to warm bath water and let the gentle aroma of jasmine work its magic on the senses.

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