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 essential oil
Lemon 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 anti-viral. Excellent for cuts and wounds, boosting immunity, soothing coughs and colds.
(Can irritate sensitive skin. Do not use on skin exposed to direct sunlight. Do not use in pregnancy.)
Grapefruit essential oil
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.
(Can irritate sensitive skin.)
Peppermint essential oil
Stimulating, 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.
(Can irritate sensitive skin. Avoid in pregnancy. Avoid if epileptic. Avoid with heart disease.)
Aromatherapy spring detox recipes
If you have sensitive skin always start with low dilutions of essential oils and patch test before use. If you do have sensitive skin these recipes may not be suitable for you.
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 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.
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!
For a basic room spray use 70% water, 30% vodka and 2% essential oil (eg 70ml water, 30ml 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 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).
We hope you enjoy energizing for spring with these wonderful essential oils!
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