Spring time is a wonderful time for revitalizing and energizing; leaving winter behind and embracing the new season. Here are our favourite essential oils for detoxing, energizing and cleansing plus some easy recipes to try at home. Why not combine some of the suggestions for a DIY Aromatherapy Detox?
Our top three energizing and detoxifying essential oils:
Lemon Citrus limonumLemon zest, light and fresh! Detoxifying and energizing, purifying and cleansing. Good for circulation, gets energy moving, revitalizes our mind and body!
When lemon is vapourised/diffused the aroma lifts the room, freshens the atmosphere and keeps harmful microbes at bay.
Lemon is a wonder of the first-aid cabinet, a strong antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. Excellent for cuts and wounds, boosting immunity, soothing coughs and colds.
Safety data: Can irritate sensitive skin. Do not use on skin exposed to direct sunlight. Do not use in pregnancy.
Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
Fresh and citrus, yellow and green, uplifting and reviving. Balancing, clearing and detoxifying.
Clears mind and spirit of negative feelings. Excellent for stress.
A tonic that helps to detoxify the digestive system.
Antiseptic, antitoxic, diuretic and a depurative – helps to get things moving in the body – reducing trapped fluid, reducing cellulite and easing congested skin.
Also fantastic after exercise to disperse lactic acid.
Safety data: Can irritate sensitive skin. Avoid or use in low dilution.
Peppermint Mentha pipperitaStimulating, energizing, awakening, detoxifying and warming. Strong and sharp, green and clearing.
Peppermint cuts through negativity and mental clutter, relieves headaches and migraines and releases unhelpful thoughts. Relieves lethargy and tiredness. Brings you into the present moment, re-energizes and gives you get-up-and-go!
Cleanses the body of toxins, strong tonic to the digestive system that soothes aches and pains, acts quickly to remove harmful microbes out of the system.
Safety data: Can irritate sensitive skin. Avoid in pregnancy. Avoid if epileptic. Avoid if suffer with heart disease or serious heart/cardiac conditions.
Aromatherapy spring detox recipes
The following recipes are for therapeutic purposes and they do not follow the same guidelines and measurements you would use to make professionally formulated cosmetic products i.e. we mention tablespoons and drops rather than percentages and grams.
They are very small quantities and are therefore designed for single use only. They should be used straight after being made.
Revitalizing shower scrub
- Mix 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt (or sugar) with 1 tbsp carrier oil of your choice (eg sweet almond)
- Add 2-4 drops of a refreshing, revitalizing essential oil (peppermint, lemon or grapefruit are our favourites)
- Mix together well
- Apply to the skin in circular movements for a stimulating, uplifting exfoliating shower experience
- Rinse off afterwards
Leaves skin, soft, smooth, energised and glowing!
Cleansing shower ritual
As you step under the water imagine a bright white light descending on you, purifying your energy field, washing away anything that is no longer serving you and filling you with a pure white light.
Allow anything negative to be washed away, any unhelpful thoughts or habits or old ‘stuff’ you want to get rid of. Emerge lighter and brighter!
Spring detox bath salts
- Mix 3 tablespoons of coarse sea salt (or Epsom salts) with 4-6 drops of your chosen essential oil.
- Peppermint, lemon and grapefruit will all help to detoxify the mind, body and spirit, get your energy moving and flowing.
- Mix together well and sprinkle into the bath just before you get in.
- Enjoy a cleansing, reviving, uplifting soak.
Springtime bath ritual
As you are enjoying the wonderful uplifting aroma, visualize any positive changes you’d like to experience in your life.
See them as if they are already happening and enjoy how it makes you feel!
As the water drains away imagine it taking away anything that is holding you back, anything that isn’t serving you.
Step out confidently and positively knowing good things are coming your way!
How to use essential oils: a quick guide
These can be used to rub into the temples and across the forehead to uplift, stimulate, clear the mind and help with headaches.
For digestion and toxin elimination apply to the abdomen and massage gently in a clockwise direction.
To stimulate circulation massage legs in upward strokes from the feet upwards, or the arms from the hands upwards.
Make a blended oil by mixing essential oils with a base or carrier oil. Cold pressed organic sunflower oil is great (you can also use another carrier oil of your choice eg olive oil or almond oil).
Use 2 drops of essential oil per 5ml carrier oil and be very careful not to get any in your eyes.
Six drops in the bath will work wonders! It’s very important to dilute essential oils first and not place them directly in the bath. Dilute in a little vegetable oil, milk or sea salt before adding to the bath. Enjoy a reviving and energising soak.
To make a properly formulate bath soak check out our Foaming Orange, Frankincense and Sandalwood Mineral Bath Soak
Add 6-8 drops to an oil burner or diffuser to vaporize the oils into the air. Uplifts and purifies the atmosphere. Helps ease breathing, coughs and colds and prevents germs spreading. Spreads good vibes!
To find out how to get the most out of your oil burner or diffuser, click here
For a basic room spray use 49% water, 49% vodka and 2% essential oil (eg 49ml water, 49ml vodka and 40 drops essential oil). Shake well and spritz around your home to freshen, uplift and get the energy flowing! Shake before each use.
Essential oil safety information
Always check safety information and contraindications for individual oils before use.
Essential oils should always be diluted and used at concentrations of 2% (or less for some oils).
As a guide use approximately 20-40 drops per 100ml or 2-4 drops per 10ml which is equal to a dilution of 1%-2%.
Many oils are not suitable for use whilst pregnant or on children. Seek advice from an aromatherapist before use. Always patch test before use. Apply a little blended oil inside of your elbow and check for any reaction (24hrs is recommended).
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