My yoga teacher treats us to an aromatherapy ritual at the end of class. While we are lying on the floor resting in Shavasana (corpse pose), she lightly oils her hands and warms them by rubbing them together and while standing behind my head, gently presses the heel of her hands down onto my shoulders; grounding the body and anchoring the mind to the scent that remains long after she’s gone.
You know when you’re lying there in Shavasana with eyes closed for several minutes; this thing happens where the senses withdraw and you sort float around in this meditative state. Which is why when the aromatherapy oil adjustment comes, I smell it so clearly and distinctly. It’s a really lovely experience that I wanted to take home with me.
The hardest part is deciding on which essential oil to use. The rest is super easy. Here’s how to make your own.
Making your own aromatherapy oil simply involves mixing essential oils into a carrier oil. You also need a roll-on container to store & easily dispense your essential oil.
The best carrier oil to use for aromatherapy its is pure jojoba oil because:
- never goes bad or rancid
- has almost no smell
- non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic – won’t clog pores or cause an allergic reaction
- non-irritating token sensitive skin
- does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do
I get my jojoba oil right at Trader Joes – which has the best price! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby Amazon carries it here.
Whole Foods market has a great selection of great quality essential oils that you can sniff and sample before you buy. My favorite brand of essential oils is Aura Cacia because they invest in the communities they source from all around the world including worker safety and fair treatment, support sustainable growing practices, environmental stewardship, and packaging, and guarantee their products 100%.
the perfect scent for you
- lavender calming & relaxing – for relaxation & before bed
- bergamot mood lifter, confidence booster – before an important meeting, phone call, or presentation
- peppermint vitalizing, refreshing, cooling – cooling after a day at the beach or workout
- eucalyptus clearing, revitalizing, restoring – great for colds & coughs
- lemongrass invigorating, cleansing, purifying, refreshing, uplifting – great to start the day or during the mid-afternoon slump
- rose absolute centering, warming, exotic, romantic, sensual, and uplifting – nighttime, after a bath, or before a date 🙂
Aura Cacia sells empty 1/3 Fl. oz. (10 ml) glass roll-on containers at Whole Foods right near the essential oils. You can also get a pack of 6 from Amazon for about the same price, and then you can make some up for friends or just mix a bunch of different formulas for what you want.
Pop out the roller ball from your glass container and fill almost to the top with jojoba oil. Add 10 drops of your essential oil, recap, and mix well. Test for strength or fragrance and adjust to your taste.
I use essential oil spray for room fresheners, bed refreshers, the dog bed, rugs, and my yoga mat. Fill up a glass spray bottle with filtered water and add 10 drops of essential oil. Shake well prior to using. Test for the strength of fragrance and adjust if necessary. Use often, and store the bottle out of direct sunlight so the essential oils don’t degrade.
- tea tree antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic – spray on minor cuts and scrapes, helps clear acne when applied to face (avoid eyes of course), makes a great yoga mat cleaning spray.
- grapefruit balancing, refreshing, and cheering – to refresh rooms, rugs, dog beds, your car, or furniture
- rose absolute centering, warming, exotic, romantic, sensual, and uplifting – for the bed or you hair