The term "Self Care" is having a moment. It is everywhere you look. From commercials, and advertising, to social media, we are drilled with the enlightening messages of the need for self care. As massage therapists, we are taught the importance of good body mechanics, hydration, nutrition and meditation to help our bodies and minds stay in shape. But life often gets in the way and especially this last year many of us are struggling to stay the course. Despite our best efforts, it is easy to fall into unhealthy patterns.
So how do we embrace the concept of self care? Is it grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend? A hot bath and a good book? A yoga class or treating yourself to a massage? Or maybe adding aromatherapy into your daily life. One of my favorite tools when using essential oils is making an inhaler. Inhalers are easy, affordable and can give you some quick respite in the midst of a busy day. Add up to 15 drops of your favorite oil or blend and inhale anytime you need a few minutes. Here is one of my go to blends for "my moment":
-5 drops Ylang Ylang (canaga odorata)
-3 drops Black Pepper (piper nigrum)
-3 drops Clove Bud (syzygium aromaticum)
Add to the cotton wick of an inhaler and enjoy for up to 3 weeks.
These oils blend together for a gorgeous, rich and exotic scent. The warmth of the spice oils, combined with the decadent floral of ylang ylang make it an aromatic experience. This blend also has anti-anxiety properties and may help lower blood pressure and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.