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Aromatherapy: Use Your Garden and Reap the Benefits

Aug 17, 2007
Gardens play a very crucial role in the creations of aromatherapy. This is because aromatherapy cannot exist if there were no plants. The garden allows for the plants that create the aroma to grow and flourish before extracting the fragrances. What is great about gardens it that by following some routine maintenance and planning just a little bit, you could be creating your very own aromatherapy without ever having to leave your home. Sound like a good idea to you? The following tips will help you begin.

As with planting anything, your soil is a crucial part of the plants. The quality of your soil will determine the quality of the plants as they grow. Therefore, it is important that you test the soil within your planting area, ensuring that it contains the perfect consistency to support your plants. You should be checking for the presence of essential nutrients and the proper drainage. If neither of these exists, you can fix them; just contact a garden center in your area to get help in preparation and testing of soil.

Something many people are not aware of, but practice in their own gardens, is the planting herbs has been proven a great form of aromatherapy. Herbs have many different uses such as adding pleasant dimensions while cooking and smelling great. However, you can combine flowers and herbs into butter, water, or oils to make exciting and refreshing flavors.

Of course, because it is your garden, you should only plant flowers that appeal to your sense of smell. Every person has an area of the brain that stores memories and aromatherapy triggers that area. One scent can have your walking down memory lane. Of all the benefits of aromatherapy, one of the greatest is taking you back to a happier and simpler time. For example, if your childhood home was engulfed with rose bushes, you might consider planting these in your garden. When your aromatherapy garden matures, you will have the pleasure of walking through your very own, hand crafted memory lane.

Not everyone has a large yard, primed for gardens; therefore, these people can enjoy the same benefits by using containers. Furthermore, for those wanting year-round aromatherapy gardens, they can use containers as well, inside even in cold weather.

There is no limit as to what you can plant within your very own aromatherapy garden. It is helpful, however, to learn about the various plants and what qualities they possess. By doing so, you not only have the ability to enjoy the fragrance of the plants, but you can also take advantage of their healing properties, as well.

Some plants such as Peru Balsam Bark, Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella, and Eucalyptus work as natural repellants of insects. Furthermore, Eucalyptus has been proven to have qualities that are antibacterial.

If you have suffered from minor abrasions, minor cuts, or an insect sting, you can concoct a poultice. To do so, boil some water while adding a half a cup of lemon balm. Once the water has boiled, blend the water and lemon balm slowly until you have created a paste. You can then spread the paste over the area and cover with a bandage or gauze.

For insect bites, mix thoroughly three drops of eucalyptus, one drop of peppermint, three drops of lavender, and two drops of roman chamomile in a container. After mixing, introduce one ounce of cider vinegar into the mixture. Take a cotton ball and dip it into the mixture, then dab the bite as of as necessary to escape the discomfort.

You can even create your very own insect repellant. Get yourself a spray bottle and put sixty drops of citronella into it. Then get some witch-hazel extra and mix two ounces of it with the citronella. Before using, make sure you shake well, each time. To keep the insects at bay, spray every area of the body that is exposed. What is great about this recipe is that the witch hazel soothes and moisturizes, while the citronella works to repel the insects.
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