As you may have seen from other blog posts, I’ve been on a real ‘healing’ journey in the last few months, exploring acupuncture, tarot, shamanism, crystal healing, making natural remedies, meditation, mindfulness and lots more.
One of the healing techniques I’ve been getting a lot out of is aromatherapy, and using products made with essential oils (especially making my own). I’ve written before about using an aromatherapy diffuser (this is the one I have, the previous one I used broke after a few months) and having oils diffusing throughout the day – especially in the morning and before bed – is now an unmissable part of my routine. I particularly like citrus-y scents to start the day with; oils like sweet orange, lemon or grapefruit, as well as scents like rosemary or eucalyptus. Before bed I usually diffuse lavender, bergamot, sandalwood or cedarwood as it really calms me and gets me ready for snooze. I also place lavender in the bath (both the oil, and sprigs of lavender from the garden) which really helps me wind down from a long day.
I’ve been trialling some of the Tisserand essential oil products lately and many of these are now a key part of my daily routine. The Tisserand Happy rollerball (£5.99*) now has a permanent place in the make-up bag I keep in my handbag and is perfect to lift my spirits whenever I hit a low point during the day. For £5.99 it’s an absolute steal and contains a gorgeous blend of lemon, bergamot, lemon tea tree and nutmeg mixed with a base of jojoba oil. I tend to use it on the inside of my wrists, temples and behind my ears and I find the scent really cheering.
It’s no lie to say that the last few weeks (well – months) have been stressful, with a low point of course being signed off sick with stress back in April, and now selling our house and trying to make plans for the future has meant I can feel my stress levels rising again. When I feel those sensations of tension and pressure and I don’t think I can cope I make sure I do a breathing exercise and use the Tisserand De-Stress Mist (£8.95*) for some instant relief. The de-stress mist contains orange, rose, geranium and nutmeg which work together to provide a sense of calm and comfort as well as an uplift and sereneness. I spritz this all over me as well as all over the room if I’m at home and just soak it in. I also love the Tisserand De-Stress Body Oil (£9.95) which has the double benefits of the essential oils as well as the skin soothing jojoba and moringa oil. I’m a bit obsessed with jojoba oil at the moment and I’m using it in all of the homemade skin treats I’ve been making, so I was excited to see that it was the base oil for this yummy product. It has the same essential oils as the de-stress mist and it’s perfect for slathering on after a long soak in the bath to help you unwind.
Of course the first thing to suffer during a tough period is your sleep, and unfortunately this is one thing I still haven’t been able to nail in the last few months. Essential oils have greatly helped this however, and the Tisserand Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist (£12.95*) is one product I could not live without now. I spritz it on my pillows, quilt cover and the outside of my eye mask and it truly is the most wonderful scent, it’s my favourite pillow mist of the several that I’ve tried. It contains lavender, sandalwood and jasmine which are three of my utter favourites so it’s no surprise that I love this blend. There’s also a Sweet Dreams Bath Oil (£10.95*) which is another one that’s an absolute dream to have before bed. It contains coconut, sweet almond and jojoba which are my three favourite natural moisturisers and three that I love to add to my bath to pamper my skin. I also owned the Sweet Dreams Essential Oil blend that I use in my diffuser prior to Tisserand kindly sending me some bits to try out and I also hugely recommend this, it’s one of my favourites to diffuse before bedtime.
I would massively encourage anyone who is interested in essential oils and natural healing to explore aromatherapy further – they really are like little oils of joy and happiness and there are so many different ways to use them to complement your daily routine. Some of the books I love for learning more about essential oils are the Neal’s Yard Essential Oils book, Natural Remedies (Try It) and the Handmade Apothecary (one of my favourite books and probably the best £5.99 you’ll ever spend.) I also massively recommend following Gemma Sands on instagram, she has taught me so much about essential oils!
What are your favourite essential oils or natural remedies?