Some common recipes for making aromatherapy blends with essential oils include three drops of clary sage with two drops of rosemary for relieving anxiety, and four drops each of peppermint and orange for increasing alertness. A relaxing blend uses one drop each of bergamot, lavender, patchouli and ylang ylang. A headache relief recipe uses 15 drops each of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Two drops each of black pepper, grapefruit, and jasmine can enhance a romantic environment.
Once mixed, essential oil recipes can be used for aromatherapy in decorative heated diffusers. Multiplying the recipe to mix into bath or massage oil creates more applications for these aromatherapy recipes. Because essential oils are made with the intensely concentrated oil that is produced when plants are distilled, they have very strong aromas presented in tiny molecules that are easily inhaled or absorbed into the skin.
Coined by the French perfumer Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, the term "aromatherapy" is also known as essential oil therapy. Its focus is on improving the health of the body, mind and spirit using the therapeutic properties of strongly aromatic plants. The scents produced by these plants are thought to have positive effects on many of the systems of the human body including the immune system and the central nervous system. Essential oils also have antiseptic properties for killing germs.