Energize Your Life ~ Aromatherapy

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If you’re like most people, any self-improvement resolution you put in place for the New Year has lost its luster by now and is becoming increasingly hard to stick to. As late winter slogs on and the first glimmerings of spring are no where to be seen, use some energizing aromatherapy applications to provide yourself with a jump start.

Some energizing essential oils to choose from: cypress, cardamom, nutmeg, myrtle, tea tree, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, rosemary and spike lavender.

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Mandarin orange oil

Energize Foot Scrub

Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
12 drops lemongrass essential oil
12 drops lavandin essential oil

Directions: Mix ingredients in a bowl. Massage into feet, concentrating on heels, balls of feet and toe pads. Rinse with warm water and finish with a foot massage.

Tips: For an added treat, use Aura Cacia Energizing Lemon Mineral Bath in a basin of hot water as a foot soak prior to the scrub.

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Rose Otto oil

Energize Mist

Ingredients:
4 ounces water
8 drops peppermint essential oil
16 drops grapefruit essential oil

Directions: Mix ingredients in a spray mister bottle. Shake vigorously and spritz your airspace, face and/or body

Tips: Use the spray first thing in the morning to start your day fresh and invigorated, carry the mist with you to and from work for an alert commute, or use it in the office to help you deal with any long or tedious tasks.

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Sweet Marjoram

Energize Office Diffusion

Ingredients:
½ cup coarse salt crystals
1 teaspoon peppermint leaves
zest of one lemon
12 drops peppermint essential oil
12 drops lemon essential oil

Directions: Toss together salt, peppermint leaves and lemon zest. Sprinkle with oils and place in a small tin or jar with lid. Shake and remove lid to diffuse aroma.

Tips: Keep this on your desk at work, and shake and remove lid whenever you need a boost of energy.

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ESSENTIAL OIL OF THE MONTH

Lemon

Lemon essential oilHave a Dose of Energizing Aromatherapy as You Clean
The fresh aroma and purifying properties of lemon essential oil do double duty in home care products, providing safe, toxic-free purification as well as a pleasantly invigorating boost of energy as you tend to your housework.

Purifying Lemon Surface Scrub
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon unscented liquid oil-based soap (castile type)
1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
6 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: Mix dry ingredients. Mix in lemon juice and essential oils. Apply scrub to cloth and scrub with gentle, circular buffing. Rinse or wipe with wet cloth.

Freshening Carpet Powder
Ingredients:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
24 drops lemon essential oil
23 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop neroli oil

Directions: Mix ingredients to form a damp powder. Sprinkle evenly over carpets and allow to dry. Vacuum.

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