Friday, 11 September 2009

An Aromatherapy Recipe for Backache

If you've got the special someone in your life who's prepared to give you a massage or you you're the one giving the massage here's a good recipe for backache.

2 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 Drops Lavender EO
1 Drop Lemon EO
20 ML (4 tsp) Carrier oil

Massage the affected areas with your fingertips.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Fire Up Your Romance by Experimenting With Aromatherapy Candles

Trust us, candles are no longer just there to offer lighting when your electricity has been cut off. Did you know that candles can now be used in order to fire up the romance? Yes this can be done by experimenting with aromatherapy. There are a number of ways that you can do this when you are experimenting with aromatherapy. But though there are many ways on how to do it, the bottom-line remains the same and that is the presence of alluring scents that will come out of the candles. And these same scents are the ones that can make you change your mood at that moment. Boring rooms will be transformed as aromatic scents will waft into the air which can be done by trying aromatherapy and candles.

The good thing with aromatherapy is that you can design and customize the way the candles will look and more importantly you can choose the kinds of scents. With so many choices to choose from, then you can get a personalized experience when it comes to aromatherapy. But before you get started with aromatherapy, it is suggested that you should be aware first of some considerations and rules in order to make aromatherapy session fruitful and beneficial. For example, when adding the scents makes sure that you add the scents when the hot wax has been taken away from the heat source. Also, it is imperative that you ensure that the inflammability of the scent should be at low temperature before you can add the essential oils. Another way on how you can improve the scents is to add the oils to the wax when the wax material has totally melted.

When experimenting with aromatherapy, remember that the selection of the scents will depend on the area where you will use the candles. If for example you want to change the aroma in your kitchen and you would like to have a better experience when cooking, then the candles that you should get for the kitchen should be in lemon and orange scents. If the candles are to be used in the bedroom and used before going to sleep, then the relaxing lavender, lilac and geranium are best. Bedroom candles can also make use of rose oil for sensuality. Aromas are best, and this and many information can be accessed on the website. So here's a suggestion; if you want romance to burn the right way better start reading and try accessing the website. You will be surprised at what you will learn.

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Monday, 7 September 2009

Lavender - a natural healer

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. As a result of this and a recent boost of publicity sales of the amazing oils are going through the roof.

One of the many properties it has is an aid to healing. It's one of only three oils that I would recommend you to use neat. Always, Always dilute oils before use with the exception of Tea tree, Lavender and Chamomile (TLC).

If you have a nasty bruise or a cut that's starting to heal just pop a few drops of lavender oil onto a piece of cotton wool or tissue and dab neat onto the wound. Apply twice daily this should decrease the healing time.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Need a pick me up?

I wasn't going to post a recipe like this, this week but I was shopping a few days ago and I saw a bottle of mixed essential oils for a pick me up. I didn't buy it because I didn't trust the manufacturer so I read the contents and made it myself at home. I loved it and that's why I've decided to give it to you today.

2 drops of Ginger EO
2 drops of bergamot EO
2 drops Lemon EO

In a diffuser, please follow the instructions of your diffuser

The fresh citrusy scent of the lemon and bergamot goes extremely well with the warm spicy smell of the ginger.

Try it and if you like it let me know in the comments section, I'd love to hear your views.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Aromatherapy - An interesting history on video.

Check this out. It's an interesting video on the basics of aromatherapy with some goods bits of history that I didn't know about. it's targeted at newbies but worth a look even for more experienced practitioners.

Monday, 31 August 2009

The organic way to control pests in the garden

New research suggests that essential oils can be used as insectersides. Rosemary, Thyme, Clove and Mint have been proven to deter pests in the garden and on the farm. As they're only plant extracts they don't need to be approved by the the appropriate governing bodies and are suitable for organic growers.

These killer spices are usually used in a combination of two or four spices, some pests are deterred by the spices and others irradicated. Also pests are less likely to build up resistance to the spices than they are to conventional insectacides. At present they only have a small amount of the market share but it's growing. Usually these insectacides are a mixture of the plant extract and water - that's it so you could make your own at home, just remember to shake before use as the oil and water will seperate when left for a while.

The only downsides are they need to be applied more often than regular pestacides and are less potent so more needs to be applied.

Friday, 28 August 2009

One for the bedroom

Here's a recipe for the bedroom. It's both romantic and relaxing so whether you want to curl up with your favourite book, or get physical with your favourite person (of the moment at least) then this recipe is just what you're looking for.

2 drops Bergamot
3 drops Jasmine
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Pure essential oils Vs poor quality essential oils

With legislation around the distribution of essential oils being so poor how do you tell the difference between real theraputic essential oils and plain fragrance or poor quality diluted oils? Many oils on the market today are cut with vegatable which saverely reduces the theraputic properties and wastes your money buying rubbish products that don't do the job you bought them for. When using oils for aromatherapy you should only use 100% pure essential oils together with a base oil. Check out the following video to help you decipher which oils are of a good quality and which are not.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Essential Oils the Gladiators Choice

Can you think of anything more macho than a gladiator? All of that fighting and muscles and costumes and stuff. Well if you're a guy and you use aromatherapy you can tell all of your mates that the Roman Gladiators used to aromatherpy to help keep them strong and vital, to help keep the nerves in check before battle, to ward off any colds so they wouldn't get sick and were at their best for battle. They used them as aphrodisiacs to help woo the women and they used essential oils after a fight to help sooth aching and tired muscles. Now I don't know about you but this doesn't seem very girly to me.

Aromatherapy in the present day has a very bad rep with the boys as being a bit sissy, if you were to tell the guys down the the pub or where ever you socialize that you use essential oils you'd probably never want to show your face there again. Now if you tell them about the gladiators it may just keep the micky taking down to a minimum.

Before the Romans essential oils were also used by the egyptians. They were such a treasured commodity that the pharaohs had essentials oils burried with them in their tomb with all of the other riches they'd accumulated.

Finally the greek athletes who took part in the original olymic games used essential oils regularly for the same reasons as the gladiators did. So if you want they edge in your health and fitness try using essential oils as a part of your daily routine, they're not just for girls

Friday, 21 August 2009

Free Yourself Of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or as it's better known 'The Winter Blues' affect many of us to different degrees. Aromatherapy can help alleviate the symptoms and make winter a happier time. Citrus oils have an uplifting effect and are best inhaled in diffuser or oil burner. With the colder weather and darker nights approaching now is the time to stock up your cupboards in readiness for the impending winter. My favourite recipe is

3 drops grapefruit oil
3 drops orange oil

added to an oils burner with warm water. You'll notice the effect immediately as you inhale the mouthwatering scent of these sweet essential oils.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Stress Soothing Massage Oils Recipe

Had a hard day at work? Do you have a partner who is good enough to give you a massage? Watch this video for an excellent stress soothing massage oil.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Aromatherapy Stick, Seriously Cool

I saw this and just had to post it. Us men we like our gadgets don't we? Well here is one of the coolest gadgets I've see for aromatherapy. It's a USB essential oil diffuser. It's the size of a normal USB stick with a small pad for you to drop the essential oil into. Apparently it takes a few minutes to warm up and when it does it's just as good as any other type of diffuser. I generally use and candle burner on a shelf about a metre away from my laptop, right now I'm just relaxing whilst surfing the net so I'm burning some Lavender (lavendula Officinalis/Angustifolium) but when I need work I burn Rosemary which aids concentration. Rosemary is great for the kids too when they're doing their homework.

Most USB gizmo's that you see are really gimmicky with no practical applications. Yes, they're fun and yes, they can be a talking point in the office but I think this one is a real winner, just plug it add your preferred oil and away you go. Forget those energy drinks with caffeine, taurine and all that other stuff which taken regularly can be quite harmful, just get yourself one of these and a apple and a banana to boost your energy level

Seriously Cool!!!!!

I'd really appreciate your views on my posts like it or not please comment below

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Aromatherapy Newbie

If you're seroius about using aromatherapy follow the link for some ideas of the things you will need in order to start using essential oils to improve the quality of your life and the health of your wallet.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Reduce Eye Strain With Essential Oils

In these modern times much of our time can be spent in front of the computer whether it be at home surfing for pleasure and playing games or at work. Excessive time in front of the VDU screen can cause eye strain which on it's own may not be that bad but after a while many people start with headaches as well and the two combined can be very painful.

Aromatherapy can help. Although essential oils can never be dropped directly into the eye a hot or cold compress can help. The method is the same for either hot or cold compresses.

Take a bowl of hot or ice water and add
3 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Use a face cloth or your preferred absorbent fabric to dip into the water
Wring out and place over closed eyes, the heat/cold and essential oils will be absorbed into the eyelids
Once the cloth has reached body temperature repeat.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Full Back Massage Video

OK guys if you want to get into the good books with the lady in your life one of the best ways is to massage those aching muscles. Many people have no idea how to give a good and effective massage so here's a video to show you how.

I'd really like your views on the content on my posts like it or not please comment.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Lavender and mans best friend

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils renound for it's relaxing properties. Studies have now found that Lavender is as helpful for dogs at relieving anxiety as it is for us.

Normally when you come home to your dog he'll be waiting at the door for you wagging his tail as happy as he always is but there'll always be times when you dog gets stressed Lavender is the perfect natural way to calm you dog down with no side effects. Click here to read more

Friday, 7 August 2009

Motion Sickness? Not Any More?

Anyone who's ever had motion sickness can tell you it's not very pleasant. In mild cases it gives you a dicky tummy in the worst cases it'll make you physically sick.

Here's recipe to help curb or even prevent altogether the onset of travel sickness.

2 drps peppermint pure essential oil
2 drps of ginger pure essential oil
10 ml carrier oil (grapeseed is the most popular)

Massage the chest and stomach in a clockwise direction about an hour before travelling.

Finally take a tissue and add 2 drops of peppermint and 2 drops and ginger essential oil to it and tuck it down the side of your seat. Alternatively you could add the drops to some kind of cloth or preferably a hand sized wheat bag and place over the heater which will blow the scent around your vehicle.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Essential Oils Buying Guide

Not all essential oils are equal. There is very little legistation with regard to what essential oils manufacturers have to put on the packaging. Many essential oils on the market today are diluted down and you wouldn't even know. To ensure you're buying premium quality here are a few tips.

1. Find out weather it's an established brand. Anyone can buy small(ish) amounts of cheap low quality essential oils from wholesalers with their own label on them and sell them from their website or ebay, and amazon etc.

2. Make sure the bottle has the latin name on it. This is the botanical name for the plant from where the oils is extracted. If you know this name you can find out the exact strain of the plant and discover how good it is.

3. Look to see if it says '100% pure' on the bottle, if not it's likely to be diluted down and not very good. It may small nice but it'll have no theraputic properties.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Make your own shaving oil

Years ago my barber recommended that I use shaving oils to shave with as they're the best product. You can buy these in all of the big retailer but they're expensive. The following video shows you how to make your own shaving oil using the same essential oils as one of the biggest high street brands for a fraction of the price.

Friday, 31 July 2009

In-Car Aromatherapy - Cool!

Nissan have developed the new 'Forrest Air Conditioning System'. It uses the science of aromatherapy to create an atmosphere in the car ideal for driving. Replicating a 'natural breeze' inside the car by adjustinting the flow of air coming from the air conditioning system.

It is estimated that 100,000 vehicle crashes a year are caused by tiredness. The system will also be able to detect when you are yawning and inject a powerful smell designed to pep you up and increase concentration.

Aromatherapy the future of safer driving.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Safety for children

Extra care should be taken when using on children

  1. 0 - 4 years - Only use Chamomile, Lavender and Tea Tree at quarter strength.
  2. Infants 4 - 7 years Only use Chamomile and lavender at half strength and Cedarwood, Manderin, Myrtle, Palmarosa, Rose, Spearmint, Tangerine and Tea Tree at quarter strength. Try a skin test before using.
  3. 7 - 12 years - all oils at half strength, try a skin test first

Monday, 27 July 2009


As with all cosmetics there's always a chance that you might have some sort of reaction to a particular ingredient. Please observe the following guidelines:-

Sensitive skin - always do a skin test first. Put 2 drops of essential oil in 5 ml of carrier oil and test on upper arm.

Pregnancy - now I realise that the chances of any men out there getting pregnant is negligible but you may decide to use it on your partner. If you do I recommend you don't use essential oils for the first 4 months and after that many oils can be quite beneficial in half dilutions.

High blood pressure - avoid rosemary

Epilepsy - avoid basil,eucalyptus and fennal, use rosemary sparingly

Diabetes - Avoid eucalyptus, geranium and lemon

Sunburn - avoid bergamot, citronella, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, manderin, tangerine amd all other citrus oils you may come across

Whilst drinking alcohol - avoid clary sage

Nut allergies - avoid all nut oils

With all products - Never exceed recommended dose, do not take internally, all oils when applied to skin should be diluted with a carrier oil with the only exceptions being Tea Tree, Lavender and Chamomile (TLC), alternate oils regularly for recurring conditions, if you use the same oil too often your body becomes accustomed to it making it less effective, if using prescription drugs always seek medical advice before using essential oils.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Hello World

Welcome to my new blog on all thing aromatherapy for men. This includes excelent gift ideas for the special woman or man if your life, ideas for parenting and the many other uses for essential oils. You may think this stuff is just for women now and that's why I've started this blog - to educate men everywhere of the benefits of aromatherapy.