As I said in my last post, Aromatherapy Crafts for the Holidays, Part 1, a great way to relieve stress during the holiday season is by using the herbs in your garden. Read about the following herbal scents for even more ways to help relieve stress over the holidays!
GARLIC: Garlic (Allium sativum) is said to repel negative energy. Breathe in garlic’s odor and get rid of negative thoughts, depression and all forms of obsession. Do not use dried or dehydrated garlic. Instead, use fresh cloves. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite jellies, posted in October 2009. It is delicious served with cream cheese as an appetizer and as a condiment for pork or other meat and maybe even your turkey.
GERANIUM: This is an herb that is great as a houseplant during the winter months especially the lemon varieties. The essential oil of geranium (Pelargonium crispum) is usually made from the rose geranium. Either put several drops of essential oil on a cotton ball or rub a leaf and inhale the fragrance. It calms the body and refreshes it as well.
Here is a potpourri recipe using rose scented geranium leaves created at Hinode Farm and from the book Scented Geraniums by Jim Becker & Faye Brawner.
Scented Geranium Potpourri
• 2 cups rose-scented pelargonium leaves
• 1 cup lavender flowers, preferably left on the stem
• 1 cup lemon-scented herbs
• 2 cups rose petals
• 1 cup oak moss
• 1 cup larkspur petals
• 1 cup rosemary leaves (I used sage leaves.)
• A few small spruce or fir cones (I used hemlock.)
For a sharper fragrance, mix 50 drops of rose pelargonium oil with 6 tablespoons orrisroot. It will make the fragrance last longer. If you are allergic to orrisroot because of its dusty qualities, you can add corn cob, oakmoss or another fixative to the mix with the essential oil.
LEMON VERBENA: You didn’t think that I would leave my favorite herb, lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla or citrodora), out of this post, did you? The essential oil is expensive. The fresh leaves are crushed and used for purification and the fragrance of the leaves encourages spiritual love. In the photo above you can see there are two lemon scented geraniums, ‘lemon crispum’ and ‘lemon meringue’ and my favorite, lemon verbena. I need to start using these leaves for some aromatherapy.
SAGE: This traditional Thanksgiving herb (Salvia officinalis) was used to strengthen the ability to memorize. You should only use fresh or dried leaves.
Warning: The sage essential oil contains high levels of thujone, a dangerous substance. It should not be used at all, particularly by pregnant women.
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