The aura that surrounds us is of grave concern during these troubled times.  When you are in a public place you are worried that if people pass too closely you are in danger of contracting the virus – even when out walking or cycling if people run past you breathing heavily from their exercise you feel a sense of unease.

Essential oils have had a part to play for centuries in assisting with the cleansing of the air and many civilisations have used herbs and oils as a way of assisting the body to fight off disease. Ancient India was one of the first civilisations that treated people holistically.  Traditional Indian medicine, known as Ayurvedic (meaning ‘life knowledge’), is the oldest form of medical practice in the world, with plants and plant extracts being in continuous use there from at least 5000 years ago up to the present day.

Hippocrates (460-377BC), born in Greece, and known as the “Father of Medicine” wrote about the useful properties of plants and herbs, effectively recording all the knowledge that had been gained from the Egyptians.

Even as far back as the 4th century BC, Hippocrates recognised that burning certain aromatic plants offered protection against contagious diseases.  At one time, he even used this knowledge of aromatic essences to fumigate Athens and rid it of the plague.  Together with Galen (2AD), Hippocrates taught about the “healing power of nature”.

The French philosopher Voltaire once wrote that the best medicines were those with a strong aroma.

During this time maybe we can learn something from these ancient civilisations – many of us are wearing masks to go shopping or walking and we are all concerned about protecting our loved ones as they return to work. Aura Cleansing blend uses Lemon, Pine and Ravensara all which have been specially chosen for this blend to help cleanse and sterilise the air around us. You may have noticed that when you use lemon-scented products for cleaning your home, you feel more relaxed and in a better mood afterward. Lemon also helps to cleanse the air and promote better breathing. Some of the reason may be that your house is cleaner and more enjoyable to live in but the actual scent of lemons probably plays a part in that calming feeling. Pine Essential Oil is known for having a clarifying, uplifting, and invigorating effect. Used in aromatherapy applications, Pine Essential Oil positively impacts the mood by clearing the mind of stresses, energizing the body to help eliminate fatigue, enhancing concentration, and promoting a positive outlook as well as boosting the immune system. Ravensara is a good tonic for the nerves. It is also wonderfully antiseptic and can be used to promote effective respiration, in particular when used in steam inhalations, vaporisers’ and baths.

How to use essential oils

Essential oils can be used to cleanse the air - a few drops can be placed on a mask and inhaled whilst on the move.

Oil Burner, Diffuser or Vaporiser – place some water with up to 6 drops of essential oil in the well.

Bath – place a few drops of essential oil into your warm bath

Diluted in a carrier oil, lotion or cream base

Inhalation - 1 pint of hot water to 3 drops of essential oil

On a tissue/pillow/face mask or hankerchief