These Aromas Are Sure To Perk You Up
If you’re feeling tired and unfocused, the right aromas can perk you up. Using aromatherapy for energy and focus can be as simple as diffusing an essential oil blend, or you could make a natural perfume to wear so you can keep that scent with you all day.
As the founder of Aromahead Institute and an Aromatherapy Educator, I love teaching people how to use aromatherapy for more energy.
This means I get to share a lot of great recipes!
In my book, The Heart Of Aromatherapy, I have over 100 recipes for your health. Get it here.
I also want to take it a step further, and give people the tools to create their own recipes so they can use the oils in a way that’s personal for them. This means I help people understand which oils to choose, why those oils are helpful, and how to best use them.
In this article, I want to share four recipes you can use throughout your day to use aromatherapy for energy and clarity. These recipes are great for helping you tune out distractions and get projects done. They can help you feel enlivened and inspired.
Some of these blends are water-based and made without preservatives, so I suggest making them fresh every few weeks (with the exception of the diffuser blend and inhaler).
Up and at ‘Em! Morning Shower Gel
This recipe is made in a base of aloe vera gel. The citrus oils in it are so vibrant, simply pouring some of this blend into my palm makes me smile. Citrus oils are like good friends that help you feel optimistic, and point out the best in your life.
2 oz (56 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
9 drops distilled Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
Make the blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle. (You can use glass if you prefer, but many people would rather use PET plastic in the shower, where their hands get slippery.) PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach, so it’s a good choice when glass isn’t ideal.
You may have heard that citrus essential oils are phototoxic, meaning they cause skin reactions in sunlight. This is true for many citrus oils, but not for the ones we’re using in this blend. Sweet Orange is not phototoxic, and Lime is only phototoxic when it’s obtained with the process of cold-pressing. This recipe calls for distilled Lime. (Be sure to ask your supplier whether your Lime was cold-pressed or distilled, because the Latin names for the two are the same: Citrus aurantifolia.)
Use this blend just like any other shower gel. It cleanses your skin and nourishes it at the same time. So luxurious and uplifting!
Bright and Clear Diffuser Blend
I work at home, and I love using this blend in my essential oil diffuser. If you work in an office, you might want to use a personal aromatherapy inhaler instead, because then no one smells the essential oils but you.
2 drops Sweet Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalol)
3 drops Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea)
5 drops Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus paradisi)
Just drop the essential oils into your diffuser, or add them to the cotton insert in a blank Aromatherapy inhaler. (Your inhaler will last a few months. I like to get blank inhalers from Aromatics International.)
Like the other citruses, Grapefruit has an uplifting presence. Basil and Clary Sage are both known to help settle and focus the mind. Turn to them when you want to feel productive and mentally sharp.
Trees and Mint Hand Cleanser
Ever dream of making your own alcohol-free hand cleanser that reduces germs on your hands? This one is made with essential oils that are famous for cleaning and are gentle on skin, such as Tea Tree.
1 oz (30 ml) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
4 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)
4 drops Balsam Fir essential oil (Abies balsamea)
7 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
3 drops of Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)
Combine all the ingredients in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Use it throughout the day to cleanse your hands.
The essential oils in this hand cleanser also inspire optimism and help you feel refreshed. Peppermint especially has a reputation for mental clarity! And Balsam Fir and Black Spruce are excellent for keeping vibrant energy flowing.
Fresh Mindset Room or Car Spray
The right scent can completely change the feeling of a space and shift your mindset. This room spray can make a room smell refreshing and warm—like you can take a deep breath and hit your “mental reset button.” It can also be used as a car spray.
2 oz (60 ml) water
8 drops Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium roseum × asperum)
16 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)
Combine the ingredients in a 2 oz (60 ml) bottle. Close it up, give it a gentle shake, and then spray! You’ll want to shake this blend before each use, because water and oil don’t mix. (So don’t worry if you see a layer of essential oils floating on top of the water. That’s natural!)
Along with Peppermint’s refreshing, clarifying presence, we have Geranium’s soft, floral scent. It softens the minty aspect and rounds the whole blend out to create an overall aroma that’s fresh and comforting.
The essential oils in these blends are all known to fill people with energy and support concentration.
If you have other favorite essential oils with aromas that inspire you, please let us know in the comments below. Blending with aromas you love can be so emotionally supportive, and enables you to create personal and unique blends that you wouldn’t find in any recipe book.
I hope you enjoy these blends and feel like your most amazing self.
My book, The Heart Of Aromatherapy, contains over 100 recipes. Order it here.
Heart of Aromatherapy | Andrea Butje | Essential Oils
Andrea Butje, LMT, Clinical Aromatherapist and recipient of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists Lifetime Achievement Award for her notable career contributions as an educator, entrepreneur and author. Andrea serves as The Aromahead Insti Continue reading