At first this sort of DIY may seem like a daunting task, but the process and result of making your very own homemade aromatherapy products can be incredibly relaxing and enjoyable.
Aromatherapy, otherwise known as essential oil therapy, involves using plant extracts to balance the mind and heal the body. For centuries, aromatherapy has been used as a complementary remedy that accompanies traditional medicine, and whilst there are certain scents with specific uses, the treatments are often very personal.
By creating your own aromatherapy treatments you can create the perfect treatment for your needs, as well as guarantee that your experience is completely natural. The first step is to decide what your aromatherapy will be used for. If you would like to create a relaxing ambience for instance, then fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, rose otto and bergamot are essential. Alternatively, for a rejuvenating energy boost citrus fruits, rosemary and eucalyptus are perfect. Don’t worry if you get things wrong though – one of the best parts of DIY is experimenting.
One of the easiest ways to introduce aromatherapy into your home or work place is through the use of aromatherapy candles. As the candle burns, essential oils are released and evaporate into the air before being inhaled by us as we breathe. Of course, these sorts of candles are readily available at high street stores and online, but the problem with buying pre-made candles is they often contain chemical fragrances.
Don’t worry though, making DIY aromatherapy candles is not as difficult as it sounds particularly when you follow a great tutorial. There are so many added benefits as well because if you make your own, hand-poured aromatherapy candles you can guarantee every single ingredient and fragrance is completely natural. Plus, you get to decide what your candle contains, what it smells like and even what colour it will be using special wax dye or crayons like in the video above.
Aromatherapy Bath Salts
If you would prefer to start off with something a little easier, aromatherapy bath salts are really quick and easy to make, and since you get to have a hot bath at the end of all your DIY this is definitely one of our favourites. Clearly, homemade bath salts are a favourite amongst crafty celebrities as well, as Martha Stewart even has her own three-step recipe.
You’re only going to need a few ingredients to create soothing bath salts, including coarse sea salt, Epsom salt, baking soda and of course, essential oils. Like the aromatherapy candles, you can even add your own colours although in this case you would use food colouring. Once you’re done, you can store your bath salts in anything from empty, used lotion tubs to beautiful glass jars with their own labels. Just make sure you link us to your pictures because we’d love to see what you come up with.
Finally, now that you’ve got all you need to make your home and body better with aromatherapy it’s time to think about your clothes. Homemade, handmade, no-sew aromatherapy sachets can be placed in your drawers, your wardrobe, your handbag or anywhere else you would like to mix scents with your clothing. You could even make one to put in your car so that the fabrics smell wonderful in there too.
There are a few methods you can use, but the easiest way to make your own aromatherapy sachet is by using rice and essential oils as your scented filler like in the video above. Of course, if you have potpourri and herbs then that is also a fantastic option, but rice is much easier to find most of the time. You can also choose whichever fabric you’d like as your sachet, whether it’s a mini burlap sack or a silk pouch.
These three projects are a great way to get into the world of homemade, DIY aromatherapy as you can experiment with scents to see which ones are best for you without expending too much time, money or effort. Remember, practice makes perfect so keep creating until you find the perfect fragrances or you.