Thursday, October 05, 2006
Essential Oils and Shea Butter
Well I am back from a much needed vacation! One of the things I enjoyed most while getting some R & R was a truly decadent Shea Butter massage. The massage therapist used a fragrant blend of essential oils mixed with the Shea Butter. I was left feeling uplifted and energized as well as really relaxed. She informed me that the essential oils have wonderful emotional benefits. The following is just a brief list of what essential oils are good for various emotions:
Bergamot, Orange, Rose, Neroli
Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Vetiver
Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Rose, Ylang Ylang
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cypress, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Lemon, Grapefruit
Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Chamomile, Sandalwood
Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Just because essential oils are derived from plants does not mean they are automatically safe to use. After handling essential oils,it is "essential" to wash one's hands carefully with warm waterand soap. Avoid touching your eyes or putting your fingers inyour mouth.
Because essential oils are so concentrated, it is usually necessary to dilute them with a neutral carrier oil, such as sweet almond, jojoba, or Certified Organic Shea Butter to avoid irritating the skin.