I am a certified aromatherapist and I rarely diffuse essential oils anymore. I think the last time I did so was for some ambiance during my housewarming party in December. I got away from passive diffusion last year, but never really thought about why I was no longer diffusing all the time. Occasionally, I will make wax melts because they wax absorbs the aroma and it lasts much longer than any standard water diffuser.
There are so many ways to reap the benefits of aromatherapy and we all have our preferences. Diffusion is a good starting point when you are first getting comfortable with essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. After studying aromatherapy, I found better ways to incorporate aromatherapy into my daily self-care practices.
I attended a discussion/talk at a conference about self-care for people who spend their days in front of a computer screen, like me. I have incorporated many aspects of self-care into my daily schedule since I have a 9-5 desk job and studies show that sitting all day is highly detrimental to ones health. These are some of the things that I do on a regular basis to take care of myself during the day.
My daily essential oil routines sometimes change, but I thought that I would go over how I use them on a daily basis.
In the morning, I apply my moisturizer and then do my makeup and get ready for work.
Once I get to work, I use various combinations of essential oils in my diffuser.
I wear different scents mixed with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. My emotional state has been in flux most centered on grief and sadness and some feelings of anxiety. These particular oils provide an uplifting aroma and help get me through the work day.
I have a couple other rollers I keep in my purse for emergency use in case I feel some head tension coming on or need an energy and focus boost to get over and through the late afternoon wall.
I tend to take baths and showers in the evening because I find them relaxing. I use my own DIY foaming body wash, sugar scrubs, and relaxing bath oils. Occasionally, I will switch out my sugar scrub for clay masks or Himalayan Salt Scrubs. I also use my own homemade bath bombs, which reminds me that I need to make another batch soon.
My night time routine is pretty intense. After I take a bath or shower, I apply moisturizer and an under eye serum for dark circles on my face. I also use a belly firming cream on my abdomen and stretch mark cream on my hips, lower abdomen, and thighs.
I am currently on a sleep restriction regime to help with insomnia and find myself puttering around my office/studio doing things until midnight so I usually have my diffuser going with various combinations and have been digging a mixture of mint oils with citrus ones.
Once I am ready for sleep, I diffuse oils that help to promote relaxation and sleep. I use a Sleepy foot rub. Then its lights out for me
I wear a lot of hats most days and require a lot of self-care since I am also Bipolar/ADD, which can make simple things challenging. A year ago, I formed a local Philadelphia Feminist group. The group membership exploded after the election and we struggled with what direction to take this group in as we were also organizing in-person discussion group meetings. The organizers have been deliberating for a few months on the purpose and direction of the group. We decided to start formulating a self-care model for activists and for anyone who may be interested in learning more about self-care. So I will be crossposting the self-care content to this blog.
Last month, I outlined a scope for the self-care model. It is still in the planning process at this time.
The Self-Care model will provide content and will foster collaborations with local businesses and persons who provide services and resources for self-care for the activist community and beyond. All are welcome! Special emphasis will be placed on having dynamic options for all income levels. Thursdays will be dedicated to self-care on the Facebook group and website or blog.
Model #1: Essential Oils for Self-Care: This will be a mix of free and/or lost cost introductions to using essential oils in your life.
Owner, Restorative Aromatics and NAHA Certified Aromatherapist Level One. This blog focuses on aromatherapy education and other essential oil related topics.