Essential oils can be used in many ways in everyday life to promote one’s own well-being. For example, they can support yoga and meditation practice and can provide relief from camouflage fatigue and the flu. How are fragrances used correctly? And which scents are suitable for winter? We asked Frantsila’s Anna Karhu-Cormier to share the best tips on using fragrances.
Essential oils, due to their natural scent, may initially seem foreign, as we are often accustomed to synthetic perfumes. The world of authentic essential fragrances is literally authentic and very rich. “In my time, when I discovered genuine essential oils, I remember them surprising with their variety of scents,” Karhu-Cormier recalls, saying she now uses scents to support her yoga practice as well.
Charming scents with their versatility
Fragrances can be used in many ways and are suitable for both physical and mental well-being. In addition, they can be used in many ways in skin care. “There is a wide range of different ways to use oils. They are versatile, e.g. skin care in the treatment of skin problems. For example, in the treatment of inflamed skin, Roman chamomile has a gentle and caring essential oil, while lavender skin, for example, is suitable for regenerating and soothing lavender. “When applied to the skin, it is good to dilute the .
Multi-purpose oils can also be used in diffusers to provide a healing scent to the air. They can also be combined into therapeutic perfume oils, in which case the oil is mixed with a base oil, for example jojoba oil, which is also used by Frantsila to make natural perfumes. The recommended dosage of self-made perfume dilution is about 8-12 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of jojoba oil.
With the exception of lavender and tea tree, which are suitable for direct application to the skin. Tea tree helps with skin infections and, for example, in the treatment of pimples and other impurities. It is antibacterial and can be used undiluted on a small target area. Lavender is said to be the mother of essential oils and it soothes both the skin and the mind. It can be used to treat insomnia and is known to activate the production of serotonin, which gives the body an impulse to calm down. Lavender can also be used on a small target area to treat burnt skin.
Essential oils are powerful substances, so they should always be used wisely and reasonably. Because of this, most oils are also diluted before being applied to the skin. “It is important that the oil used for dilution is odorless. Good ingredients for the blend are jojoba oil, argan oil, grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil and Frantsila’s gentle oil blend, which is odorless and spreads well on the skin. ”
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Oils suitable for winter
Use energizing scents that lift your mood (lemon, rosemary, conifers and orange)
In the middle of a cold, use heat-generating oils, for example by adding them to the bath (cardamom, ginger, black pepper and ylangylang)
Try combining essential oil with your yoga or meditation practice (lavender, sandalwood and frankincense)
Relieve winter flu with natural oils: thyme and eucalyptus are good for coughing because they treat the bronchi (flu-like breathing: boil 2l of hot water and add 1-2 drops of essential oil)
In the middle of the night, you can create an energizing and pampering full body or foot bath, for example, by using Frantsila black spruce or grapefruit oil. Black spruce and other conifers such as pine and juniper have a strengthening effect. When added to a bath, the essential oil is emulsified in a shower gel, for example, so that the essential oil dissolves in the water.
Essential oils in yoga practice
Create your own caring perfume that you can use on your wrists, temples, ankles, heart center and under the earlobes for yoga practice. “I think this is one of the best ways to support yoga practice with essential oil when there are a lot of people in the space. The mild perfume smells on its wearer but does not occupy the entire room space. In yoga, fragrance can also be used in space, but it must be taken into account that everyone has their own fragrance preferences, ”Karhu-Cormier recalls.
The essential oil can also be applied to trouser legs, cuffs or even a scarf. However, keep in mind that oil can stain clothes.
Frantsila essential oils also contain Ayurvedic fragrance blends that you can use to support your yoga practice; Pitta is soothing and cooling, while Kapha is refreshing and activating the metabolism and Vata is balancing. You will also find ayurvedic base oils suitable for everyone, in which the essential oils can be mixed: Peace (Pitta), Harmony (vata) and Virkeä (Kapha). Frantsila’s organic herbs have been extracted into base oil.
Anna Karhu-Cormier works as a creative director at Frantsila Organic Herb Farm, in addition, Anna is a Diploma phytotherapist and yoga teacher. You can create your own perfume at the Market at Pohjois-Esplanadi 19, where Frantsila’s natural fragrance perfume Apothecary is located.