With St. Patrick’s Day coming up quickly, everyone is thinking about green clovers and the fresh scents of Ireland. Clovers, loamy soil, wetlands and stone cottages and leprechauns hiding pots of gold come to mind. So do parties with green beer. How about also making your home and yourself smell and feel Irish with a bit of aromatherapy (that can also be used year-round) and essential oils that can be incorporated into colognes, aftershave, creams and other personal care products you can make at home.
Celebrate Saint Patrick Day Using Essential Oils
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, consider making a batch of aftershave for men and skin cream or sachets for the ladies as party favors.There is a long tradition behind St.Paddy’s Day and here’s brief synopsis.
The Feast of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, honors the arrival of the Christian faith in Ireland in the 1700’s and the date of St. Patrick’s death. It has over time become a day that is celebrated by parades, festivals and wearing of green as a symbol of the Irish shamrock. Most of the Irish also attended church services but the feast has evolved, at least in America, as a day to overindulge in alcoholic beverages such as beer tinted green with food coloring and a time to eat too much corn beef and cabbage.
Some cities such as Savannah, Georgia, actually dye the river green for the St. Pat’s holiday. Street parties abound and people have lots of fun wearing green paper party hats, green plastic beads and other similar garb. A tradition is that if caught not wearing green on the holiday, friends can provide pinches.
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s day by turning your Aromasent Essential Oil Diffuser to the light setting that glows continually green. Then choose one of the essential oils made from a green plant or herb to bring to mind the green theme. Some of these include basil essential oil to add a bright, energetic scent, lime for a green citrus refreshing aroma, or pine oil for a refreshing scent that fights those late winter colds. Either gender will enjoy these therapeutic grade essential oils choices
Essential Oils Guide For Blending
Another way to deliver essential oils following the green theme of St. Paddy’s day is to partially fill a clear plastic spray bottle with small green stones, fill with water or a carrier oil such as almond oil and add a few drops of essential oils of your choice. Shake to blend well and spray the mixture throughout the house. If you can locate small spray bottles these make great party favors.
You can also use the carrier oil / essential oil mixture to make air fresheners by cutting green felt into the shape of a four-leaf clover and spraying with the aroma mixture. Seal in small plastic bags to keep freshest until give to the men and women attending your party. Be sure to make extra for yourself. They are great tucked into drawers to freshen clothes.
Men love the masculine scent of woody essential oils. Locate small green glass bottles with caps to make great Saint Patrick’s Day party favors for men. Mix a carrier oil of your choice, jojoba oil works well, with pine,
green tea oil, cedar or cypress to the desired strength. Blend and funnel into small bottles. Cap and place out of direct sunlight. Add a thin green ribbon with a paper clover attached if you wish.
Along the same lines, ladies would love a small green bottle of essential oil mixture created from the more feminine scents. Chamomile and lavender make an appealing blend while providing a calming effect. Frankincense and myrrh are especially pleasing.
Whatever essential oils you choose to set the mood for Saint Patrick’ Day or to use in making party favors, the aromas will add a special touch to the day. Enjoy the parties, whether you are the host, attend a friend’s party or join in a street party, have safe, healthy fun on this special Irish-themed day.