Ah the amazing scent of essential oils. The natural oils found in plants, when extracted, are a delight to our senses, and can have a variety of effects on our body and mind.

Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years, with the Egyptians using plant oils and plant resins during ceremonies.  At this time, essential oils such as frankincense, cardamon, juniper and myrrh, were regarded as more valuable than gold.

Historically, traditional medicine in China and India both incorporated essential oils to assist in wound healing, digestive complaints, stress and insomnia.  This has flowed through to health care today, with tea tree being used to reduce skin blemishes, peppermint oil used to aid digestion, and lavender oil used for relaxation.

Let’s take a look at the 100% essential oils available at the Freedom Float Centre and whether they may be right for you!

Citrus Bliss:  A beautiful combination of citrus, including wild orange, lemon, tangerine and mandarine, combined with sweet vanilla bean.

Wild Orange: A great essential oil for everyday use in your diffuser – it is refreshing, uplifting and fragrant.  It also makes a lovely natural perfume, add 5 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut/almond) and rub on your wrists and neck.

Balance:  A grounding blend of boswellia, chamomile and camphor to centre yourself and your environment.

On Guard:  A blend of clove, wild orange, eucalyptus, cinnamon and rosemary, traditionally used for their anti-bacterial properties – this is a great blend to purify the air around you.

Easy Air:  A refreshing combination of eucalyptus, peppermint, tea-tree and lemon, all herbs traditionally used as tonics for the respiratory system.  This blend is fantastic if you’re suffering a head cold, encouraging clearing of congestion.

Clove Oil:  Our essential oil of the month! Clove is a nice grounding essential oil to add to your oil diffuser.  It can also be applied via a cotton ball to aching teeth, as it acts as an analgesic .  It also makes a great DIY mould cleaner, as clove oil kills mould spores rather than just bleaching them like commercial mould products.

Peppermint:  A refreshing combination of eucalyptus, peppermint, tea-tree and lemon, all herbs traditionally used as tonics for the respiratory system.  This blend is fantastic if you’re suffering a head cold, encouraging clearing of congestion symptoms.

Tea Tree:  Native to Australia, tea tree has such a variety of uses – it’s a staple for any household.  It can be used topically to help reduce skin blemishes and acne, used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes, added to your shampoo to reduce dandruff, and as an all-purpose cleaner – added to hot water and vinegar to disinfect all surfaces.

Lavender: This essential oil has made quite the name for itself in relaxation, stress relief and sleep support.  It can be used in carrier oil (coconut/almond) and rubbed on to your wrists and temples for relaxation.  It can be added to a spray bottle and sprayed on your pillow before sleep to support your rest.  It can also be added to baths as an added relaxation therapy.

So why are essential oils so appealing to human senses?

Essential oils keeps us connected to nature, they remind us of the natural world around us, and offer lasting, non-toxic aromas which are gentle on the senses.  They are the original fragrances of the world and can make a space extremely inviting.

Each day we like to try new essential oil combinations at the float centre to create a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.  We love Citrus Bliss, a combination of wild orange, lemon, bergamot, tangerine and vanilla bean.  Lavender is also a favourite, and lemongrass for a nice earthy fragrance.

All of these essential oils are available to purchase at our centre, and if you have any other questions about their uses just let us know!