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Spearmint & Eucalyptus Two For the Road
I was spending some quiet time with hubby at the beach this week and as luck would have it, I left the bag with the room sprays at home. This meant that we had to take a drive to the local supermarket and pick up some deodorizers.
While unpacking my bags, I found two candles, Peony and Spearmint Eucalyptus. Great! I thought, they can handle room odors and give the room a sense of Us. The Peony candle wouldnít burn but the Spearmint Eucalyptus added such a fragrance to the room, it was breath taking.
The warm ocean breeze and the soft subtle scent of the candle was so tranquil, I felt as though Iíd stepped into a sensual oasis.
Unlike its counterpart peppermint essential oil, that has a stimulating quality, spearmint essential oil has a calming, relaxing and uplifting quality. Spearmint essential oil is a useful oil in treating mental fatigue and depression. Mental fatigue, I understand. Thatís why we took this trip to the beach. Whether you run a business or you just need time to yourself, a 2-3 day get-a-way is great for relaxing your mind and relieving mental fatigue.
My own source of spearmint, maybe I should grow it in a garden. Ok, letís think this through. It grows best in full sun but it also does well in partial sun. When grown in full sun, it tends to have higher oil content and this makes the herb more flavorful. The flowers give a sweet flavor to teas and youíll want to include them with the leaves. You can also use the stems as well. When you read about mint julep tea, spearmint leaves are often the ones used in this recipe.
I'll gladly have a glass of tea but Iíll let someone else do the growing and I'll enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Now as for Eucalyptus essential oil, I always thought of it as the oil to use when you had a stuffy nose and couldnít breathe. But as I began to study the science of aromatherapy, I learned that eucalyptus essential oil had much more to offer its user. Its been known to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain, offering a cooling and stimulating effect on your body and your mind. The next time youíre feeling a bit stiff, ask your massage therapist about the use of eucalyptus essential oil during your massage.
Eucalyptus essential oil is great for killing germs in the air and reducing airborne bacteria. Adding five drops of the oil in a diffuser will do the trick.
What I also learned about eucalyptus essential oil is that it provides a cooling and refreshing effect to the mind. Itís stimulating, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness. And, itís great for treating stress.
Thereís that word again, Stress. The purpose of our trip was to relax and relieve the feeling of Stress. The combination of these two essential oils, though not typical, were just right for our get-a-way.
The next time you need a get-a-way, make spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils part of your toiletry bag. Whether itís a great candle or a room diffuser, the combination of the oils will provide an environment of tranquility, relaxation and pure sensual delight.
Life Never Smelled So Sweet!
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