Little is known about the history of aromatherapy. The Egyptians were the first to develop distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants, however, infusing aromatic oils to boost the mood was said to first originate in China.
The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after using lavender oil in a burn incident. This spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils.
Today, we are just learning what our ancient counterparts already knew. Essential oils have various healing properties. In clinical trials, essential oils have been proven to elevate mood. According to Dr. Axe, "Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they can fight depression and anxiety."
Below are a few of our favorite mood boosting recipes that help us to maintain our calm:
What you'll need
- 4 oz spray bottle
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 3 tsp. of vodka or witch hazel (This will help to disperse the oils and prolong the fragrance.)
- 20 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Add water and vodka (or witch hazel) to the spray bottle, then add oils.
- Shake well to blend
- Allow it to sit for 24 hours so the oils can blend
Calm & Relax
Lavender – 8 drops
Mandarin – 4 drops
Roman Chamomile – 4 drops
Ylang Ylang – 4 drops
Balance & Renew
Lavender - 15 drops
Bergamont - 5 drops
Clary Sage - 3 drops
Frankincense - 2 drops
Uplift & Boost
Sweet Orange - 20 drops
Ylang Ylang - 10 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
You can use these blends on your body (avoid the face and eyes) or as a room spray. We like to spritz them in our hair, on pillows and throw rugs. If you're using them solely as a room spritz (not on the body) you can increase the drops to 50 to 60 for your total recipe.
Enjoy experimenting with these spritzers and make your own signature scents. Please come back and share some of your faves with us!
Please note that people with some health conditions and pregnant women should avoid some essential oils, also, some oils are dangerous to pets. Please do your research and educate yourself on the usage of essential oils.