I’ll be honest, I don’t buy Neal’s Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream for what it can do for my skin. I buy it purely for its intoxicating fragrance.
Frankincense aids deep relaxation and some nights, after a hot bath, I massage this into my face and neck, jump into clean sheets and drift off, dreaming of exotic places where, long ago, people lived in jewelled palaces, with courtyards surrounded by orange trees and damask roses, eating Turkish delight and ripe figs from silver platters.
Deep, fragrant, peaceful sleep. That’s what frankincense says to me.
Juniper on the other hand is, in my opinion, one of the best oils for burning on those nights when you just need to clear your mind and reboot. It says new beginnings, clean slate, declutter. It also has sedative properties so will help you drop off (but don’t forget to extinguish the oil burner first!). The scent lingers for ages, so burn it an hour before bed. It has a meditative quality and would work well with a yoga practice.
Calm, refreshing sleep and a clear head. That’s what juniper says to me.
The geranium and orange is a hand cream that I massage into my feet before bed. Geranium and orange is a ‘pick me’ up blend. It makes me feel happy and settled. Orange is a nervous sedative, so can help if you are a little on edge. Geranium has mild anti-depressant properties. Used together, they help you feel calm and relaxed.
Balancing. That’s what geranium and orange say to me.
You don’t have to create your own essential oil blends to benefit from their therapeutic qualities, but you do have to buy well. There are many lotions and potions on the market, but once you understand what they can do for you, there is a point when you just cannot go back to the synthetic and cheap alternatives which look pretty but do nothing else. This isn’t an advert for Neal’s Yard – it just happens that they are one of a number of ‘go to’ brands that I choose when I don’t want to make up a blend myself.
If you are unsure about blending, just try essential oils on their own in a burner. It’s a good way to see how you feel about each one. You only need a couple of drops so it’s a really cost effective way of fragrancing your home too.