As I mentioned in my 2010 goals post this year is beginning with mindfulness about wellness in our home. All three of us had a cold the first week in January and as Kyan and I nursed our colds on the couch I realized that I have not fully embraced a holistic approach to aiding in our family's wellness. The intention has always been there but the reality has often been to just push through with vitamin C and rest.
One area that I have dabbled in in the past is with the use of essential oils. I have many wonderful friends who know much more about oils and their uses than I. I have often picked their brains over what to use when or looked things up online. For my baby shower (over two years ago now) Heidi gave me a simple and lovely book called: Instant Aromatherapy For Stress Relief: Simple Tension Treatments and Relaxation Recipes by Mark Evans. So as we sat sniffling I looked through it. This book was perfect of course for a jumping off point. Learning simple techniques to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps and backaches. Descriptions of the oils and their properties and the ways in which to use them whether diffusing or using in massage oils. This also led to me looking into what my inventory of essential oils is and I started wondering what oils I need to add to help our general wellness.
I feel like there is a huge amount of knowledge about oils and their uses, not just relating to health and wellness but magical uses as well. For now I am endeavoring to just learn and collect oils that can enhance our daily lives and contribute to our overall well-being as a family.
Here is my inventory so far:
- Rose Geranium
- Juniper berry
- Ylang Ylang
- Clary Sage
- Tea tree