Investigating the world of fragrances and their place in our lives, we come across a very useful book. The Fragrant Pharmacy is a guide to aromatherapy and essential oils, defined as a household manual of the future. With this treasure trove of information about valuable natural extracts of flowers and grasses, trees and roots, leaves and fruits, we can truly improve our lives and health, achieving balance and harmony.
The author of the encyclopaedia of 'medicines out of the earth' that challenge our senses and emotions is Dr. Valerie Ann Worwood. She is famous for her in-depth research into the world of aromatherapy and essential oils and the lectures she has delivered on the subject all over the world.
Aromatherapy is the most complex of all medical systems. Essential oils have the strength to alleviate symptoms and prevent many diseases. With their help, we can take care of our family, home and even pets by creating the conditions for a better life without the chemical pollution of our bodies or our envirnment.
In The Fragrant Pharmacy, Dr. Worwood describes the different benefits and uses of each essential oil, giving detailed instructions and prescriptions for their use.
In addition to the base oils that must be part of the pharmacy of every home, the book also describes what we need when traveling or in different situations such as exams, interviews, exhaustion, sports, and more. There are different solutions for traumas and health problems in the form of recipes that we can do by ourselves, mixing our own healing balms. As well as skin care, hair and body care, both for men and women. Attention is also paid to children and pets in the home. The book has guidelines on how to fragrance the spaces where we work, sport or live, over the different seasons of the year.
What we will share with you are some recipes for natural home-made fragrances that you can prepare yourself.
The fragrance in the hallway of a home is like the fingerprint for people. It is the first impression of the dwelling and its occupants, so it is very important to be properly selected. According to the book, this space needs pleasant and fresh aromas, so we should avoid the spicy and grassy oils that are commonly recommended for the kitchen as well as the heavier scents that we would use in other corners of the home. Citrus oils such as lemon, lime, bergamont and grapefruit are very suitable for the hallway. They could be well combined with geranium or lavender oil. Lavender is recommended for the morning because when mixed with citrus, it elevates the mood and improves the memory. The geranium oil is for the afternoon when the senses have to calm down after the busy day or when we expect guests, Dr. Warwick advises. If we add 2-3 drops of rosemary to the citrus mix, we will disinfect the air and be protected against the spread of viruses in it. 8 drops of essential oils are sufficient for 600 ml. of water with which we can refresh the hallway every few hours using a plant-spray bottle. We can spray the liquid both in the air and in the carpet in the hallway and the staircase.
Apart from the period of the day and the occasion, the fragrances should also correspond with the season of the year. In the summer, lighter, refreshing oils or combinations are recommended, and in the winter - those that bring coziness and warmth.
A mixture of essential oils for the spring-summer season:
Lemon - 10 drops
Geranium - 4 drops
Sandalwood - 2 drops
Petitgrain oil - 3 drops
A mixture of essential oils for the autumn-winter season:
Orange - 8 drops
Frankincense - 3 drops
Benzoin - 3 drops
Geranium - 4 drops
Recipes for natural fragrances for the rest of your home or office can be found in the book itself - The Fragrant Pharmacy.