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December 21, 2015 EDITOR

Totally Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils

Totally Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils

Perfumes can be expensive and difficult to find the one you like. Sometimes all you want is one key fragrance that you love that suits the occasion, day or night time or just makes you feel great. Essential oils don’t just smell good, they also have the benefit of healing or mood enhancing qualities and they're great as all-natural perfume.

 

Perfumes are blends of oils and alcohol – some are up to 95% alcohol, but if you want to skip the alcohol part, then using Essential Oils on their own can be a great and inexpensive way to have a collection of different fragrances for different occasions.

 

Some pure, undiluted essential oils shouldn’t be used direct to the skin, and never on broken skin, because they may cause irritation or de-sensitisation.

 

The easiest way to use them is to get a little spray bottle and dilute them with water - Add 10-15 drops of essential oil (either a single oil or a blend) per fluid ounce/30ml of water. If you want you can also make up balms and oil blends using carrier oils like jojoba, coconut, avocado and other vegetable oils or butters. The general rule is a 2% essential oil to carrier oil.

 

Here are some of the best oils for perfume that are are fine to dab onto your pulse points;)

 

◦ Bergamot - extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange. It is cooling, refreshing and has a sweet, citrus smell. Its fragrance helps reduce stress and tension. Bergamot is used in Earl Grey tea to give it its familiar smell.
◦ Geranium - a balancing oil that cools and moistens. It is also strengthening and uplifting for the emotions. It has a strong, sweet, floral smell.
◦ Jasmine - a sweet, delicate aroma that blends well with most oils. It is balancing, with both refreshing and rejuvenating qualities.
◦ Lavender - a distinctive fresh, floral aroma that works well in combination with other oils. It is useful for relieving stress and tension.
◦ Mandarin has a sweet, floral, citrus scent. It is very detoxifying, helping to reduce cellulite and water retention. It also helps to prevent or reduce stretch marks, and to tone loose skin. Its aroma helps to calm the mind.
◦ Neroli - extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is excellent for improving skin tone, especially in mature skin. It is also beneficial for reducing and preventing stretch marks. The aroma is both uplifting and calming and acts as a great antidepressant.
◦ Patchouli - Patchouli oil has a dry, woody, musky aroma that is strengthening and stimulating. It is an antiviral and antibacterial oil, with skin-regenerating actions such as improving scar tissue and stretch marks or reducing oily skin.
◦ Rose - is derived from the steam distillation of rose petals and is very expensive. It is a deeply nurturing, feminine oil, which helps to reduce anxiety as well as balance the emotions.
◦ Verbena - zesty and uplifting, with antiseptic and toning properties. Lemon is particularly good to repair and cleanse ageing or oily skin.
◦ Ylang Ylang - has an intensely sweet scent. It is a soothing oil that helps to create a sense of wellbeing. Its application in skin care is to balance both dry and oily skin.

 

Advice

◦ If you are pregnant, you should always take advice from a GP before using essential oils.


◦ Buy your oils from an aromatherapist or reputable retailer, and make sure that the essential oils you buy are organic or naturally derived, rather than synthetic.


◦ Remember some essential oils are toxic and should never be inhaled or put on the skin (these include strong spicy oils like cinnamon and clove). ◦ Always check before using any you are unsure of. They should always contain a warning on the label.

 

    ************* Versión en espanol

     

    Aceites Esenciales, los Mejores Perfumes Naturales

    Los perfumes pueden ser costosos y algunas veces es difícil que encuentres el que más te gusta. A veces todo lo que quieres es una fragancia clave que te guste y se adapte a la ocasión, de día o noche, o simplemente una fragancia que te haga sentir bien. Los aceites esenciales no sólo huelen bien, también tienen beneficios curativos y mejoran el estado de ánimo.

     

    Los perfumes son mezclas de aceites y alcohol, algunos se componen por hasta un 95% de alcohol, puedes reemplazar el uso de alcohol con aceites esenciales, es una manera económica de tener una colección de fragancias para cada ocasión.

     

    Algunos aceites esenciales puros sin diluir no deben aplicarse directamente en la piel, y mucho menos sobre piel lastimada o abierta ya que pueden causar irritación y adormecimiento.

     

    La manera más sencilla de utilizarlos es poniéndolos en un bote con atomizador y diluirlos con agua. Agrega de 5 a 10 gotas de aceite esencial (puede ser de uno solo o una mezcla) por cada 30 ml. de agua. Si lo deseas también puedes elaborar bálsamos y mezclas de aceites utilizando aceite de base como el de jojoba, coco, aguacate y otros aceites vegetales. La regla general en estos casos es utilizar un 2% de aceite esencial en el aceite base.

     

    Los siguientes aceites esenciales se pueden utilizar directamente sobre las zonas de pulso aplicando unas cuantas gotas:

     

    ◦ Bergamota - extraído de la cáscara de la naranja bergamota. Es refrescante y tiene un dulce aroma a cítricos. Su fragancia ayuda a reducir el estrés y la tensión. La bergamota se utiliza en el té Earl Grey para darle su aroma característico.
    ◦ Geranio - un aceite de equilibrio que refresca y humecta. También es fortificante y edificante para las emociones. Tiene un dulce y fuerte aroma floral.
    ◦ Jazmín– tiene un delicado aroma dulce, que combina bien con la mayoría de los aceites. Es un aceite que brinda equilibrio, con ambas cualidades refrescantes y rejuvenecedoras.
    ◦ Lavanda – Posee un distintivo aroma fresco, floral que funciona bien en combinación con otros aceites. Es útil para aliviar el estrés y la tensión.
    ◦ Mandarina – tiene un aroma cítrico, dulce y floral. Es muy desintoxicante, ayuda a reducir la celulitis y la retención de agua. También ayuda a prevenir o reducir las estrías, y para tonificar la piel que ha perdido elasticidad. Su aroma ayuda a calmar la mente.
    ◦ Neroli – se extrae de las flores del naranjo agrio. Es excelente para mejorar el tono de la piel, especialmente en las pieles maduras. También es beneficioso para reducir y prevenir las estrías. El aroma es a la vez estimulante y calmante y actúa como un gran antidepresivo.
    ◦ Pachuli – este aceite tiene un aroma seco y amaderado, que es fortificante y estimulante. Es un aceite antiviral y antibacteriano, con propiedades de regeneración de la piel, también mejora el tejido cicatricial, las estrías y reduce el cutis graso.
    ◦ Rosa - se deriva de la destilación al vapor de pétalos de rosa y es muy costoso. Es un aceite muy maternal y femenino, lo que ayuda a reducir la ansiedad, así como a equilibrar las emociones.
    ◦ Verbena de limón – posee un aroma fuerte y edificante, con propiedades antisépticas y tonificantes. El limón es particularmente bueno para combatir los daños causados por el envejecimiento de la piel y el cutis graso.
    ◦ Ylang Ylang - tiene un aroma dulce intenso. Es un aceite calmante que ayuda a crear una sensación de bienestar. Su función en el cuidado de la piel es la de equilibrar tanto la piel seca como la grasosa.

     

      Nota:

      ◦ Si estás embarazada debes consultar con tu médico de cabecera antes de utilizar los aceites esenciales.
      ◦ Compra los aceites esenciales con un aromaterapeuta autorizado o tienda de prestigio y asegúrate de que los aceites sean orgánicos y de origen natural, que no sean sintéticos.
      ◦ Algunos aceites esenciales son tóxicos y no deben ser inhalados ni deben aplicarse en la piel, siempre revisa antes de utilizarlos cuando tengas dudas. (Estos incluyen aceites picantes fuertes como la canela y clavo de olor) estos aceites siempre incluyen una advertencia en su envase.

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