At One With Nature: Buff & Butter Essential Oils


Essential oils have played a role in my life ever since I can remember. As well as having many other enviable talents, my mother is a trained aromatherapist, so it was common practice for her to have essential oils stored around the family home. As a child, I always enjoyed smelling the different scents but was naive to what the benefits were of using a particular oil (and always wondered why there were essential oils in my mother's box that didn't smell so good).

I now know that this is because essential oils are way more than just their smell. For thousands of years, essential oils - which are actually highly concentrated plant extracts - have been used for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. They are renowned for their natural ability to heal the body and mind, and can be used in a variety of ways, including direct application, air diffusion and inhalation.

In today's fast-paced world, it is easy for us to become consumed by our hectic lifestyles and not take any quality time for ourselves. Amongst many other things, we can become tired, run down and stressed but essential oils provide us with an easy and largely inexpensive means of rehabilitation. 

With an interest in aromatherapy and natural healing, I was recently given the opportunity to sample some of the essential oils from Buff & Butter. My personalised selection included Organic Cedarwood, Organic Patchouli, Organic Lavender, Organic Ylang Ylang and Vetiver. I chose these based on their relaxing and stress-relieving properties, as I can become quite tense at times.

So below, I've listed the ways in which I prefer to enjoy my essential oils and how they benefit me.

1. A Nice Bath
Even though I am a self-confessed shower girl, I do like the occasional soak in the bath. But when I do, it has to be perfect: luxurious bubble bath, scented candles, gentle music and an essential oil. When adding the oil to my bath, I always mix it with a carrier oil (I tend to use coconut oil) to prevent it from causing irritation. My favourite bath time oil is Organic Ylang Ylang as it has a gorgeous sweet, floral scent that helps me to truly relax. It also soothes and repairs damaged skin, so is a great essential oil to soak in. It's also often used as an aphrodisiac, so who knows where your bath may take you...

2. A Sensual Massage
I'm a firm believer that the human touch is therapeutic. We're a species that experiences many different forms of physical contact: we hug, we hold hands, we congratulatory pat each other on the back. All of these moments evoke emotions that build trust, strengthens bonds and makes us feel safe. And when we feel safe, we are relaxed. So, when we combine massage and essential oils, something magical happens. My boyfriend often gets very tense in his shoulders and back, so I like to put my hands and my essential oils to good use and give him a massage. I make a massage oil using coconut oil as my base, then add 4 drops of Organic Lavender, 4 drops of Organic Cedarwood and 4 drops of Organic Patchouli. I like this combination because it's very sensual: the Cedarwood has a lovely masculine scent, the Patchouli is warming and musky and Lavender is herby with just the right hint of spice. All of the oils relieve stress and promote relaxation, which enhances the massage. 

3. In An Oil Burner
Diffusing essential oils is the best way to create a beautifully smelling environment, while being able to benefit from the oil's remedial properties. I enjoy scented candles and incense sticks but when I'm looking for a more natural, healing scent, I burn essential oils in an oil burner as they burn clean. To use an oil burner, fill the bowl up with water, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and place a lighted unscented tea light underneath. I like to burn Vetiver and Organic Ylang Ylang together before I go to sleep, as they both promote peace and tranquility, allowing me to have a blissful night's sleep. 


What are your favourite essential oils?





34 comments

  1. Love this post! Essential oils are a staple in my bathroom too and im a huge lover of lavender and peppermint. Nothing like a hot bath with lavender in before bed!

    xx

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  2. I've just gotten into oils and they are changing my life. That sounds really dramatic. But I have replaced so much chemical crap with natural oil based concoctions and I feel so much better for it!

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  3. Oh my word how lucky are you that your mother is an aromatherapist!? I LOVE essential oils I must have some in at all times! I have to admit my favourite way of using them are through massage! I have an amazing one from Elemis for massage its one of my favourite things!! Www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com

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  4. I know the right person for this, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. How cool that your mum was an aromatherapist? I love that she passed along the knowledge and I love a soak in the bath too.

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  6. You are so lucky to have a mom who is an aromatherapist! I love essential oils and use them daily!

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  7. Don't know about "sensual massage" but a Nice Bath seems real nice. Thanks for sharing and it's a lovely post just as always!!

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  8. i don't know much about essential oils, so it was nice knowing the different ways you can use them. In my culture we also like to use oil burners and we usually use natural woods that spread an amazing scent through the house.

    xo
    Zeinab,
    Www.cityoffashionistas.com

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing these, I absolutely agree with you on the oils for the massages. I am going to show number 2 to my boyfriend, because he's very good with massages (so it's about to get even better haha).

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  10. I actually never have tried essential oils. I have a couple of friends that use them and say they work wonders, anything from a headache to anxiety. I've always wanted to try them, I've just never had the opportunity. I'm going to look into them now though. Great post!

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  11. I've never tried essential oils but that bath sound wonderful to me. Great post xx

    Anne | http://decanne.blogspot.com

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  12. I like using oils to wash my face! I especially like any nut oils. And I use almond oil on my hands. I haven't tried aromatherapy, but maybe I will give it a shot! That bath sounds very relaxing!

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  13. My favorite oil is peppermint. As soon as I feel a headache coming on I rub on some oil and it goes away. Great post!!

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  14. I, too, am a huge fan of essential oils. My favorite way to relax is to add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint to my water before a sauna session and get lost in the aroma while sweating out impurities.

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  15. Mmm, I love essential oils, they are so good for so many things. I have a collection of them!

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  16. These are great! I have heard so many good things about essentials oils - maybe I will try them :)

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  17. I think I'll always love peppermint the most. It's invigorating and really helps me anytime I have a headache as well.

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  18. I love essential oils, they do have so many benefits !I've tried many different oils, but lavender is definitely one of my favorites! You’re so lucky, your mom is an aromatherapist!

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  19. I do like essential oils, they make the house smell so nice while calming you down and relaxing you. My favorite one is the sandal wood, I simply can't get enough of the smell.

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  20. I have always wanted to get into essential oils this was a great post!

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  21. I am really obsessed with essential oils and I use them for everything! I have tons of them with different aromas, my boyfriend always makes fun of me if for it but I don't care haha! I love that my flat smells like heaven.

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  22. Essential oils are great! I recently bought a vanilla one which is awesome!
    Alexandra ~ ArtMandy.ro

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  23. Essential oil and relaxing in bath is sound like an amazing idea! I don't have particular favourite scent as I found that all scents are just perfect for relaxation.

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  24. I absolutely looooove oils, especially avocado oil, have you tried it? I recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry skin. It's a must have.

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  25. Nice tips! I don't use essential oils but I can see why people do! I can imagine it's very relaxing which can heal the mind, body, and soul. Great article!

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  26. I love essential oils! I haven't tried as many as you but one of my favorite must be lavender:)

    www.monalisas.no

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  27. One of my obessions, the oil for a nice bath. Certainly looking for nature-like smell for shower.

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  28. I have never tried essential oils, sounds very interesting and something I should definitely try

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  29. I've never been into oils but clearly it looks like I'm missing a lot. I'll try some

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  30. I love using essential oils in the bath - it is so soothing!

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  31. I am not too much into essential oils but I remember having a lavender one ...

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  32. I love essential oils! They're so important to me.

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  33. have never used these, but slowly I am starting the love of it.
    thanks will indulge in them soon.

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