Aromatherapy Recipes: Insect Repellent & Steam Inhalation – Everyday Aromatherapy (104)


>>HOST JAYSON RIVEST: Welcome to everyday
aromatherapy. I’m Jayson Rivest. Join me as we explore how to incorporate the healing
properties of essential oils into your daily life. [Music] Welcome to today’s show. In our last episode
I talked with you about using water as a base for your aromatherapy blends. Well today we’re
going to use water, but we’re going to use it in a slightly different way. I’m going
to show you how to prepare a steam inhalation which is a wonderful way to get essential
oils into your nasal passage and can easily help you alleviate sinus congestion. But before
I get to that, I’m going to share with you a recipe that could be a life saver. Particularly
as you’re spending more time outside during the summer. We’ve all brought commercial Bug
Off or bug repellent / insect repellent sprays. The only problem with that is that most of
them smell so bad that they keep people away as well as the bugs. Well this recipe that
I have for you is an essential oil Bug Off recipe and it’s guaranteed to only effect
the little pesky critters. So let’s get to it. Here’s what you’re going to need to make
an essential oil Bug Off. You’re going to need: You’ll need a 5ml amber bottle in which to
make your essential oil concentrate. The original recipe for this essential oil
Bug Off called for 2 cups of oil. I didn’t have a container large enough to accommodate
that amount of oil. So, what I’ve decided to do, as I’ve done with many of the blends
that I’ve made on this show, is to make a concentrate which I can then dilute as needed.
This is a wonderful way to do it and it’s a good way to experiment with the blend without
having the possibility of wasting a lot of your essential oils. Now one thing I do want
to point out before we get going with this particular recipe is that it contains Lemon
essential oil. Lemon essential oil is known as what is called a photosensitizer. What
that means is that if you use a lot of Lemon essential oil, your skin can become much more
reactive to the sun and so you will notice that there could be some changes in the pigmentation
of your skin. So when you’re using this particular oil, you might try to reduce the amount of
time you spend in direct sunlight. So let’s put on our safety glasses and get to it. Let’s begin by making the essential oil concentrate
for our Bug Off recipe. You want to start with 28 drops of Cajuput
essential oil. Melaleuca leucadendron var. cajuputi. We’re going to add that to our 5ml amber bottle. Next we’re going to add 28 drops of Lemon
essential oil. Citrus Limonum. You’ll need 21 drops of Geranium essential
oil. Pelargonium graveolens. And finally we will need 14 drops of Cederwood
essential oil. Cedrus atlantica. Alright. As with all our essential oil concentrates,
we will put the lid on and give it a shake to incorporate our ingredients. Okay. We will then add 18 drops to our Sweet Almond
oil. This is going to be about 3% dilution. And put the treatment pump top on and give
it a shake. So to use your essential oil Bug Off you simply
shake it, and with your treatment pump top give a couple squirts and apply liberally.
The Geranium oil that’s in here is really going to cut any sharpness that the other
essential oils might have. So as I promised it’s going to be pleasant enough to wear around
other people yet the essential oils are going to keep away any of those nasty critters like
mosquitoes and flies and what not. So let’s get to our steam inhalation. Here’s what you are going to need for an essential
oil steam inhalation. Since we’re going to be making a concentrate
of our essential oils first you’ll, need a 5ml amber bottle in which to store your essential
oil concentrate. and a stainless steel bowl in which to put the water and the essential oil. Finally, you’ll need a towel to drape over
your head to create a steam barrier. I’ve gone ahead and boiled the water we are
going to need for our steam inhalation and added it to the stainless steel bowl. So the
only thing left to do is to create a concentrate of our steam inhalation essential oil blend.
So let’s get to it. So let’s make our steam inhalation essential oil concentrate. We’re going to begin with 12 drops of Eucalyptus
essential oil. Eucalyptus globulus. We’re going to add that to
our 5ml bottle. Our second ingredient is going to be 6 drops
of Cedarwood essential oil. Cedrus atlantica. Next we’re going to have 6 drops of Peppermint
essential oil. Mentha piperita. And finally we’re going to need 3 drops of
Rosemary essential oil. Rosmarinus officinalis. An extra drop did get in there but that’s
going to be okay. Let’s place the cap on our aromatherapy concentrate here and give it
a shake. So you’re only going to need about 5 to 10 drops each time you use this steam
inhalation essential oil blend. Now what you’re going to want to do is remove your safety
glasses because otherwise they will get steamed as well. And take your towel and put it over
your neck. Because what you’re going to do is you’re going to form a steam tent with
it. So add your 5 to 10 drops of essential oil concentrate to the water, take your towel,
put it over your head, now I do recommend you close your eyes. We going to want to breath
in deeply through your nose and stay underneath the steam tent for about 5 to 10 minutes,
maybe even 15 if the steam will last that long. Breathing in deeply through your nose
with your eyes closed, and by the end of that time any congestion you have is going to go
away. So there you have it. 2 simple recipes. Simple
to make, simple to use. That’s everyday aromatherapy. We’ll see you next time.

1 thought on “Aromatherapy Recipes: Insect Repellent & Steam Inhalation – Everyday Aromatherapy (104)

  • The 'Everyday Aromatherapy' series was shot in our old house (a rental) which was pretty rural. We are still unboxing things around our new place and once we get it 'presentable', I'll be sure to shoot a house tour just for you. Stay tuned! 🙂

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