In my final post in the trilogy on forest bathing and how it relates to aromatherapy, I am giving you three aromatic forest bathing blends, incorporating the aromatic oils we discussed in the last post and the aromatic benefits that we discussed in the first post in this series. Enjoy!
Aromatic Forest Bathing Diffusion Blend
This blend can be adapted for an inhaler or an aromatherapy diffuser. Therefore I am giving the amounts as percentages so that you can convert to the appropriate dilution rate (1%, 2%, or more under guidance from a certified aromatherapist) for the product. If you need further advice on how to do this, consult a certified aromatherapist.
30% Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) essential oil
50% cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil
10% myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil
10% sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
Directions for Use: Add the blend to an aromatherapy diffuser, following the manufacturer’s guidelines – or add to a personal inhaler. If using a diffuser, use in a well ventilated area.
Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy.
Aromatic Forest Bathing Bath Blend
How about actual forest bathing with aromatic oils? Add this aromatic forest bath blend to the tub, close your eyes, and think of the forest! This blend is approximately 1% dilution.
You will need:
8 oz. unscented bubble bath base
20 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
10 drops rose (Rosa x damscena)
15 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
Directions for Use: Combine the essential oil blend with the bubble bath base, preferably in a PET bottle for ease and safety of use in the bathroom. Add a small amount of the product to the bath under warm, running water. Relax and enjoy!
Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity in some individuals.
Aromatic Forest Bathing Hydrosol Blend
A combination of hydrosols in a spray bottle can be used to bring the aromatic forest into your home. Simply spray and enjoy!
You will need:
1 oz. Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) hydrosol
1 oz. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) hydrosol
2 oz. cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) hydrosol
Directions for Use: Combine the hydrosols together in a spray bottle. Spray lightly in the required areas of your home.
Cautions: Avoid spraying in areas where pets and children frequent. Make sure the area is well ventilated. Do not spray in eyes.
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The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.