I love a posh aromatherapy blend like Aromatherapy Associates, but my budget doesn’t often stretch. However, if I have treated myself, then I hang onto the bottle as you see here and use it to make a blend to take on holiday. This bottle takes 55 mils which is perfect for taking in your hand luggage. I’m off on a cruise soon so it’s time to get creative!
I’ve made a blend which is deeply relaxing and the first thing I’ll do when I get to my cabin on Celebrity is step in the shower and zing the place up by putting a glug of oil on a flannel and taking it in with me. It will make the whole cabin smell wonderful.
I’ll use it mostly as a body oil and make sure I give my feet some TLC with it at the end of the day as I plan to do a lot of walking.
The blend I’ve chosen is frankincense, lavender and bergamot and the carrier is sweet almond. I’ve chosen the essential oils not just for the scent, but for their therapeutic properties as follows:
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) this works on an emotional as well as physical level which can help you move on when things have been tough. Just what I need right now. Its action is to relax you and slow down your mind. Physically it also helps to relieve coughs and sore throats and if you’ve ever been on a cruise you will know that the aircon can make your sinuses a bit dry after a few days, so using this in the shower and inhaling the vapour will help counteract any scratchiness.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is hypotensive, so lowers blood pressure to aid relaxation. It’s also an insect repellent – very handy for a holiday in the Med.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is an uplifting oil which has a comforting action. It’s important not to use this essential oil on your skin when out in sunlight as it can cause sensitivity, but as I’ll be using it in the evening, this isn’t a problem.
If you would like to make this yourself, you need 50 mils of a carrier oil such as sweet almond or grapeseed. For a 50 mil bottle I use a 3% dilution which means 30 drops of essential oil. Up to you how you vary the blend, but I have used ten drops of each. Don’t be tempted to add more as this is plenty strong enough. Add the drops to the container with your carrier oil and give it a good shake – then you’re done.
PS I qualified as a clinical aromatherapist in 2005 and this little book that you see is my bible which I took notes in during the course and I’ve referred to ever since.