Aromatherapy and You

Aromatherapy is a way to improve the quality of everyday living on many levels; physical, emotional and spiritual. Everyone has emotional responses to certain scents. Pleasing scents have always had a beneficial effect upon well-being. 

The idea behind aromatherapy is to find the special scents, unique for each individual, that provide positive sensory feelings and emotions, and then, to introduce those scents into our everyday life to enhance our well-being. Essential oils impact us on all levels, some are relaxing, some invigorating, some lend themselves to romance or balance hormonal swings or improve memory, induce a meditative state and more.

Today, aromatherapy and essential oils experience a resurgence of therapeutic recognition and mainstream popularity. Aromatherapy is a natural way to feel better, using pure, safe essential oils extracted from naturally aromatic living plants. These botanical essences helps us to maintain balance, health, and contribute to our inner harmony.

Aromatherapy is both an art and a science. The art applies to blending. The combination of mutually enhancing oils is a synergistic blend. Creating blends requires an understanding of each essential oil’s properties, lots of experience and reliance on intuition. The science applies to understanding the unique chemical and therapeutic property of essential oils.

You see the word aromatherapy just about everywhere and its true meaning has become lost. Aromatherapy is the art of using pure essential oils derived from natural plants and trees to affect one’s physical or emotional state. It has become an overused word, where you can now find products labeled aromatherapy but they are made of synthetic perfumes or a mix of synthetic and essential oil. Synthetic perfumes often contain hazardous ingredients for your self and the environment. You need to be an educated consumer to derive the benefits from true essential oils.

True aromatherapy is the use of high quality essential oils for therapeutic value.  I would like to explore here the use of Subtle Aromatherapy, which makes use of essential oils to affect the subtle body, the psyche and the soul. In order for aromatherapy to be therapeutic, high quality wildcrafted or organic essentials must be used. 

Essentials oils are very versatile and can be used in massage oils to affect the body in a gentle way, in spray mists, diffusers, in body creams or in the bathtub.

Subtle aromatherapy can be applied in meditation, reiki, healing sessions, chakra balancing and distance healing or just throughout your day.  Researchers throughout the world are proving what ancient people intuitively knew: Essential oils have powerful effects on the mind, body and soul. 

John Steele, an aromatic consultant and Robert Tisserand, a leading British Aromatherapist, have studied the effects of various essential oils on brain wave patterns. They have shown that beta brain waves, which indicate a state of heightened awareness, are increased when stimulating oils such as black pepper, rosemary or basil are inhaled. Calming oils such as lavender and rose produce more alpha and theta brain waves, indicative of relaxation and well-being.

A common oil such as lavender is known to be calming and balancing. Researchers at Wesleyan University tested the effects of lavender on sleep and found that lavender can increase the amount of time people spend in the most restorative sleep stage. The Tranquility Mist or Lavender Fields by Sarah’s Essence, sprayed on bed sheets would be perfect for this.

If I were to have only one oil in my home, it would be lavender. It’s one of the safest oils that can be used straight on the skin for burns, cuts and break outs. In a mist Lavender is a wonderful facial mist or linen spray. It relaxes, soothes and brings a sense of peace.

Citrus oils are also lovely to have in the home as the increase feelings of joy and happiness, wonderful oil for the kitchen and around small children.

Other research indicates that peppermint can invigorate you while exercising – bring Awake Mist along to the gym with you and clean the air as well!

Choose to be a wise consumer and use natural products in your life; they are not only healthier for you, but also for the environment.

© Cindy Wolk-Weiss is the Aromatherapist and creator of Sarah’s Essence Aromatherapy. You can find wonderful Aroma Mists and Shea Butters at www.SarahsEssence.com.

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The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion  by Valerie Ann Worwood.  The author shares the emotional, psychological and mood changing effects of nature’s oils.

 

 

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