Aromatherapy for Spring Detoxification Plus a Recipe

Therapeutic Use of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used essential oils in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. They are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants.

The efficacy of essential oils is in the speed at which they are absorbed into the bloodstream. When inhaled through the nose, this happens almost instantly; through the skin in as little as 15 minutes. The oils’ fragrances are believed to activate nerve cells in the nasal cavity sending impulses to the limbic system, which is the area of the brain associated with emotions and memory. When applied topically (onto the skin) they activate thermal receptors and destroy microbes and fungi, since many essential oils are antiseptic and some are antibacterial.

Purveyors of the highest integrity oils harvest particular parts of a plant when they are considered to be at their peak for maximum results. All plants have peak growth energy times during specific times of year, so I recommend certain oils to coincide with this energy for even stronger effects for healing. Working with certain oils each season is a great way to align yourself more closely with the cycles of nature.

Aromatherapy during this Spring season of cleansing and detoxifying, presents many choices. A quickie treatment is to put a few drops on a tissue or cloth handkerchief and hold under your nose. Try dropping a couple drops on your yoga mat before practice or pillowcase right before you go to sleep.

Read more: 17 Uses for Essential Oils

Another effective way to use essential oils, is by bathing in them. You only need to use 5 or 6 drops of oil in a medium sized bath of water. Drop them into a clean tub of warm water so you can absorb the oils and their beneficial properties INTO your body. Save the super-hot sauna-like purging for another time. You should also save your scrubbing and soaping off for another bath. Let the oils stay on your skin for as long as possible.

Heliocrysum (Helichrysum italicum):

Heliocrysum is harvested mostly around the Mediterranean region, and has a ball-shaped golden flower with a pungent, curry-like smell with a faint honey sweetness.

Greek in origin, (helios sun and chrysos gold), the oil supports the “I Am” consciousness and is a great aid in meditation when one wishes to contact their higher knowledge or when seeking their karmic path. It stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, which connects us to our artistic and creative expression.

It has been found to be beneficial in clearing stagnation in the liver as well as being helpful in overall detoxification since it stimulates and supports the lymphatic system. In France, it is widely used for respiratory issues, such as asthma and bronchitis. This oil also provides relief from fever and other general states of inflammation and gently soothes the body when a few drops are added to a cool cloth pressed on the forehead or pulse points of the body.

Read more: The Importance of a Healthy Liver

It has cytophylactic properties, in that it encourages recycling of dead cells and production of new cells. This property can be particularly beneficial for skin care, making heliocrysum excellent as an ingredient in rejuvenating facial oils. By adding 2 to 3 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil such as coconut or olive, heliocrysum is the ideal Spring revitalizing remedy.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis):

In Chinese five-element acupuncture, Spring supports the liver & gall bladder meridians. Juniper is recommended to detoxify both these organs and their meridians bringing balance and harmony to the body. Juniper also protects against infection and is a perfect defense against those lingering winter colds and flu. It stimulates the immune system to bring rejuvenation and vitality to the body after months of hibernation and stagnation. Juniper is renowned for its diuretic and detoxifying properties. The use of this essential oil in massage will help to eliminate toxic wastes and release sluggish body fluids.

This powerful, detoxifying oil extracted from the berry of the plant, is a purifier, and helps avert nervous tension. Juniper essential oil is an antiviral, antiseptic, diuretic, and can help relieve pain, and expel uric acid from the system.

Juniper’s spicy aroma helps to strengthen and fortify the spirit during times of low energy, anxiety, and emotional overload. It protects against unwanted energetic influences and clears the air of psychic debris. As it detoxifies the body, so can juniper detox the mind.

(Avoid rubbing directly on the skin as it can be irritating for some people. It should be avoided during pregnancy.)

Read more: 25 Ways Essential Oils Will Make Your Life Way Better

Spring Detox Aromatherapy Blend

Here is a wonderful combination of quintessential seasonal aromas that instantly confer all the rejuvenating and uplift that seem to be in the air right now. These are essential oils that everyone should have on hand as part of a basic Aromatherapy starter kit.

4 drops of Lavender essential oil

2 drops of Bergamot essential oil

2 drops of Lemon essential oil


Add oils to a one ounce of a light carrier oil such as raw, virgin coconut or almond. Massage on temples and pulse points. You can also add the oils to a four-ounce bottle of purified spring water. Shake well and spray around your head, on your pillow before sleeping at night, in your car, or any place you want to replace old, stagnant air and energy with new.

Lavender, bergamot and lemon stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently, and are the easiest and most common oils to find; their scent is pleasing and familiar to most everyone, providing a source of comfort when used. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be rubbed directly on just about anyone’s skin without causing irritation.

By Randi Ragan| May 12, 2016
Categories:  Restore

About the Author

Randi Ragan

Randi Ragan

Randi Ragan is the founder and owner of the award-winning GreenBliss EcoSpa, named one of Los Angeles’ Top 10 Holistic Spas its very first year in business (2006). Prior to this, Randi was a yoga and meditation instructor for 12 years, during which time she led yoga and spiritual retreats in California, Mexico and Hawaii, and formed The Blessing Works, which specialized in the creation of customized healing ceremonies and rituals for its clients. She has just completed her first book, A Year Of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nurture Body, Mind and Spirit. It will be published in 2016 by Quest Books. 

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