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Bringing in the New Year With Aromatherapy

PlannerAnother New Year's Eve has arrived! In addition to the methods we each use to celebrate and bring in the new year, today is a time that many of us reflect upon the past year and think about our plans and expectations for the year up ahead. It's a time where many of us set personal goals by making ambitious resolutions like improving our fitness, nutrition, spirituality or personal relationships.

LimesLime Essential Oil is a beautiful choice for inclusion in room fragrancing/meditation blends for the New Year. Lime essential oil is one of the most affordable of oils and is routinely used for its energizing, fresh and cheerful aroma. Lime essential oil is also well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind.

Blends #1 and #4 on AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends page include lime essential oil. AromaWeb's Air Freshener Recipe converts one of the lime diffuser blends into a beautiful room mist that you may customize using other essential oils.

During quiet moments on New Year's Day, I will be diffusing a blend of about 5 parts Patchouli Essential Oil, 4 parts Lime Essential Oil and 1 part Ylang Ylang Essential Oil in a candle diffuser. Patchouli is deep, rich and grounding, and the ylang ylang lends an exotic, sweet floral touch. Patchouli and Lime are a wonderful combination on their own as well.

Lime essential oil is strong, and a little goes a long way in diffuser and room fragrancing applications. I use it in small dilutions when making soap, but I tend to avoid it in other skin care applications as it can be irritating to the skin.

Daily AromatherapyA thought provoking book that will joyfully help you bring in the New Year is Daily Aromatherapy: Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull. This book can be started at any time of the year, but Daily Aromatherapy is a must-have book for anyone that wishes to begin a New Year's journey of reflection and discovery using essential oils. View AromaWeb's detailed description of the book.


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