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I don’t know whether it’s the abrupt end to the excitement of the holidays, the fact that the entire city seems to be coming down with a cold, or the way the CVS candy aisle goes from being my favorite place during Halloween to my worst nightmare around Valentine’s Day, but I somehow always need a pick-me-up during these late winter months. I’ve wanted to experiment with aromatherapy for awhile, and considering all of the physical and emotional benefits of essential oils, I figured now was the perfect time to give it a whirl.

Aromatherapy Mist

What you’ll need:
• 6 tablespoons (1 ounce) distilled water
• Fine mist spray bottle
• Dropper
• 10 – 15 drops essential oil

How to do it:
1. Pour the distilled water into the spray bottle.
2. Use the dropper to add the essential oil of your choice. (I used orange because it’s both uplifting and calming.)
3. Use as a room freshener or linen spray.
4. Shake the mister between uses.

Aromatherapy Air Freshener

What you’ll need:
• Spray paint
• Small Mason jar with screw-on lid
• Hammer
• Nail
• Baking soda
• 8 – 10 drops essential oil

How to do it:
1. Spray-paint the lid of the Mason jar the color of your choice. (This is done to cover the jar’s logo.) Let dry.
2. Using the hammer and nail, carefully poke about a dozen holes in the lid. I did this in a heart design.
3. Fill about 1/4 of the jar with baking soda.
4. Add 8 drops of the essential oil of your choice. (I used 6 lavender and 4 vanilla.)
5. Screw on the lid and place in your bathroom, closet, or kitchen to enjoy the calming and sweet aroma.
6. Shake from time to time to renew the scent.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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January 24, 2013