Nature in a Bottle

Over the ages essential oils have been used by many cultures and in a variety of ways.  Essential oils are made from flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, needles, berries, and roots.  They are most often made through a distillation process which captures the “essence” of the flower, plant, etc.  Essential oils are the soul and life force of the plant: nature in a bottle!  And these natural oils carry therapeutic and healing qualities that affect us profoundly on all levels: mind, body, and spirit.

I am an advanced practitioner of Instinctive Feng Shui and as a consultant one of my major goals is to bring the positive energy of nature into my clients’ homes.  One excellent way to do this is by using essential oils in a client’s home or office.  Adding all natural oils to an environment can enhance the vital life force energy or Chi of the space. 

Therefore, when you utilize essential oils you are filling the environment with the beautiful spirit of nature.  Many health food stores carry a variety of products made with essential oils.  Or you can purchase essential oils which can be used in a myriad of ways.  Below are just some ideas:

• Add them to health and beauty products.
• Use the oils in diffusers or spray bottles – they will refresh the air in your home.
• Add 10 drops to your bath water.
• Add them to massage oils.  etc.

Another way to use essential oils is to add them to homemade “green” cleaning products.  Here is a favorite recipe of mine: 

Green All Purpose Cleaner
40 drops of essential oils such as lavender, orange, peppermint, or lemon.
1 cup of vinegar
1 cup of water
Add the ingredients to a 16oz spray bottle and shake to mix. 

This makes an excellent, simple, and inexpensive  “green” all-purpose cleaner.  All essential oils have disinfectant qualities, although some oils have more than others.  This homemade spray is a non-toxic product compared to the many chemical laden cleaning products on the market.  Cleaning will now lift your spirits with the incredible smells wafting through your spaces. 

Don’t be fooled by some of the “fragrant oils” on the market today, which include synthetic* ingredients.  They are not all natural and they do not carry the benefits of true essential oils. 

When purchasing oils make sure they say “100% all natural”.  Also be aware that oils such as sandalwood  and rosewood come from trees that are endangered.  Always look for environmentally harvested sandalwood oil or rosewood oil or don’t purchase them at all.  

Essential oils can uplift your spirits, they can calm you, and they have many healing properties.  Using oils is a wonderful way to instill the harmonious qualities of nature into your life and your home.
* The Environmental Protection agency classifies synthetic fragrances in the same category as pesticides and heavy metal solvents for possible harmful health effects.  Synthetic fragrant oils can cause skin rashes, sneezing, headaches, and puffy eyes.

Dawn Gettig lives in Northeastern Ohio and is the owner of Gaia Design – Soulful Decorating, Feng Shui and Green Living. She has a certification in Advanced Feng Shui and Space Clearing as well as certification in Medicine Wheel Feng Shui with Interior Alignment.   This article can be used by written permission only.

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