Aromatherapy and Feng Shui
There is a powerful connection between aromatherapy and Feng Shui as both disciplines work on an energy level to create a positive shift in one’s well-being. For Feng Shui purposes, we use the way of diffusing essential oils into the air to achieve the desired quality of energy. This can be done in several ways:
1. You can use an aroma mist to easily spray essential oils into the air. An aroma mist is basically a blend of one or several pure essential oils in purified water.
2. A diffuser/nebulizer, electric or candle, is an easy and constant way to diffuse the pleasant aroma of essential oils into the air.
3. Aromatherapy candles are an easy and convenient way to add an aroma to the air, just be sure that the oils used in your candle are pure oils and not synthetic fragrances. You can also experiment with incense made with essential oils, even though this is the least preferred way to experience the healing power of oils because most incense on the market is made with artificial fragrances.Scents and aromatherapy are used in Feng Shui to encourage balance and harmony, and to trigger a specific emotional response. Scents can be released into the indoor environment in a variety of ways, including essential oils, candles, incense, room sprays, and aromatherapy machines. According to Freud, the quickest way to trigger an emotional response is with scent; using fragrance and scents in Feng Shui is one simple way you can help awaken and direct these emotions.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy
In Feng Shui, aromas and scents also have a powerful effect on the flow of chi, or energy, in your home or office. Positive scents not only raise the chi, but also can relate directly to specific emotions. For example, the scent of lavender can relax you, the scent of jasmine can put you in a romantic mood, the scent of juniper will cleanse you, the scent of clary sage will make you feel secure, and the scent of grapefruit stimulates your memory.
Aromatherapy and Feng shui
Here is a description of some of the more common scents involved in making Feng Shui changes, and the most auspicious place to use them in your home or office.
Front Door — Vanilla improves well-being.
Living Room — Cinnamon improves harmony and intellectual conversation, lavender improves relaxation, basil for cheer.
Kitchen — Citrus (orange, lemon, lime) can be used for cleansing, stimulating your mind, and improving your mood.
Dining Room — Mint to cleanse your palate, encourage appetite, and reduce your stress level.
Bathroom — Clove, cedar, and sandalwood to stimulate and balance the overabundance of water in this room and make it feel balanced.
Master Bedroom — Lavender for relaxation and sleep, rose, gardenia, ylang ylang, musk, and jasmine for love and romance.
Children’s Rooms — Lavender for relaxation and vanilla to encourage family harmony.
Office — Citrus to clear your mind and concentrate, peppermint to stimulate prosperity, rosemary for memory, geranium for self-esteem, bergamot for wealth, eucalyptus when you need to stay up late and finish a project.
Workout Room — Strawberry to encourage exercise and movement.
Whole House — Sage as part of a cleansing ritual to clear stale air.
Top 6 Essential Oils
1. Lavender. Lavender oil has a fresh floral scent with a sweetness and herb-type aroma. It is completely intoxicating. Lavender smells amazing and is the most versatile of all essential oils. Lavender oil has a calming effect doing wonders for those who suffer from anxiety. Lavender oil can also be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever to soothe minor burns, insect bites and stings, and muscle or joint pain. Lavender is also a great scent to use during yoga practice or meditation, one breath and you’ll feel blissful.
2. Peppermint. Peppermint oil has a very stimulating yet soothing aroma and is what I like to call “mother nature’s Icy Hot” due to its main constituent, menthol. This stuff is amazing. Not only is it effective in arousing your mental sharpness but it can be used to relieve congestion, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, and soothe achy muscles. I typically use it to get rid of headaches by rubbing a tiny bit on my temples or to relieve muscle soreness by diluting it with a carrier oil, like grape seed oil, and rubbing it into whatever is sore.
3. Eucalyptus oil has a very fresh and clean aroma that is sure to open your airways up. Eucalyptus oil is anti-everything, and for once that’s a good thing. It is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It is best used for respiratory problems like colds, coughs, asthma, and congestion in addition to wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, and skin care. Great to use in hot showers or steam rooms.
4. Lemongrass has an uplifting and fresh scent, lemongrass oil can help get rid of bad vibes and increase concentration and mental awareness. It is also an antiseptic and anti-fungal making it a wonderful fix for scrapes, cuts, and other open wounds.
5. Tea Tree is a popular form of alternative medicine, not only is tea tree oil’s astringent properties great for alleviating oily secretions of the skin,but also oily face and scalp issues. It’s the terpinen content that soothes minor wounds without irritation. You can add a few drops to your shampoo prior to washing to help keep your scalp squeaky clean.
6. Sweet Orange is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. The aroma of Orange Oil is cheerful, uplifting and helps to improve the a stale-smelling or smoky room. (Lemon is even better for diffusing in smoky rooms). Orange Oil has become a popular ingredient within a wide assortment of household cleaning products. Some people can’t tolerate citrus essential oils, so be prudent when diffusing Orange Oil around others, but overall, Sweet Orange Oil is a winner with children and adults alike.
- Lavender – For topical application essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil .
- Eucalyptus – Do not use on children aged 3 or under.Avoid using during pregnancy.
- Lemongrass – Please spot test the oils on your skin first.It can cause harmless yellow staining if used undiluted .
- Peppermint – Use in only small amounts in he bath and on the skin.avoid using during pregnancy and with children under 7.in skincare and massage it should be diluted to 5% or less in a carrier oil.since its strong refreshment with menthol,it is better not to use and night or before going to bed or it will easily cause insomnia.
- Tea Tree – Please spot test the oils on your skin first and dilute it in a carrier oil in a 3-5% solution for topical use .
- Sweet Orange – Please spot test the oils on your skin first .Sweet orange is photo-sensitizing oil that may cause an allergic reaction to sunlight,please do not apply to skin before exposure to prolonged sunlight or tanning beds.it is better to use at night .