Aroma Inspiration for new year
Posted on 02 January 2018
It’s a new year and time for reflections and new beginnings. For the past year I have been sharing ideas about how you can use aromatherapy in your life, in body products, in mediation or yoga practice or in your treatment products. This year I would like to inspire you to try new essential oils and explore new options.
If you you are somebody who uses essential oils daily or perhaps in treatments like massage, you most likely have your favourite oils and you tend to use the same oils a lot. We all do that. Maybe it’s a new one you want to learn to blend or maybe it’s an old favourite like flower oil or lavender. Especially if you do treat public, there tends to be a few oils that majority likes and are familiar with.
There are some essential oils that have been around for quite a long time so are most popular and widely used, also because there is a lot of information about them. Some of the most popular herb oils are lavender (of course), chamomile, basil, clary sage, eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and peppermint, In the woody oils the market leaders are frankincense, cedarwood, pine and sandalwood. Most popular flower oils are jasmine, neroli, geranium, ylang ylang and rose and other popular oils are ginger, tea tree, vanilla, lemongrass, patchouli and citrus oils like lemon, orange and mandarin. I would expect to find most of these oils in any aromatherapy enthusiasts cupboard.
All these essential oils are fantastic starting point as they are widely available and you can fairly easily find information about them. This year I would like to encourage you to try something new. Pick one new essential oil for each month. That will give you 12 new scents to explore for the year. To give you some ideas, here is some information about some of my favourites.
One of my top essential oils has to be frangipani, I have used it in my product range and also just added the absolute to my shop as well. This beautiful oil is said to be “The Tree Of Life” and is commonly used in perfumery. It has a sweet flowery scent and is quite exotic. Read more about frangipani and find it in the shop
Another one of my favourites in gurjun balsam. It is made from the resin of the tree and has a woody earthy scent with a hint of spicy pepper. It works well as a base note and blends well with most other oils. Read more about gurjun balsam and find it in the shop
If you are a lover of earthy, woody scents you would most likely love spikenard. It reminds me of ancient times. It is made from the dried root and has a strong balsamic earthy scent. Iis a little bit pricy, but a little goes a long way as it easily takes over the blend. Spikenard blends well with woody and resin oils, but is widely used in perfumery with flower scents.
One of the not so commonly used citrus essential oils is lime due to its sharp scent. I would however encourage you give it a go. It is crispy and fresh and really has the same scent as the fruit itself. Like most citrus oils it is made from the peel of the fruit and works really well as a top note and blends well with most oils.
If you are looking for something a little bit different, I could recommend my newest essential oil, tobacco Absolute. I have just started exploring this amazing essential oils which is made from the leaves of the tobacco. It has a deep, masculine scent of a dry tobacco. I find it very interesting. It is widely used in mens products and aftershaves, but I believe it will make an amazing blend with many oils. I would not probably use this essential oil for body products as it can be an irritant, but I believe it will be fabulous for perfumery practice.
Which are your newest essential oils? Hope you found some inspiration in this post. Please remember to share and leave your comments below.