Our sense of smell is a vital part of our lives – linked to memories of a childhood pastime to a favorite scent of a flower or a significant perfume. Our senses not only influence our memory but emotions, body tissues and healthy organ functioning.
As the most sensitive organ, being able to smell can heighten psychological and physiological responses in the body to promote healing. The art of aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine to help stimulate brain functioning and cure common health concerns.
AROMATHERAPY AND YOU
Aromatherapy is more than just smelling a bouquet of flowers, using pure natural essential oils and infused candles to encourage wellness and promote healing.
Aromatherapy can heal a variety of conditions including migraine, indigestion, menstrual cramps, muscle soreness and anxiety. These common health complaints can be cured with the use of specific fragrances to provide relief.
ART OF HEALING
Healing common ailments with aromatherapy requires using various methods of inhaling includes steam, massage and warm baths. These methods allow using pure essential oils in a therapeutic manner, making them vital in the application of aromatherapy.
Some common essential oils used in the healing process include lavender, eucalyptus, rose and tea tree. Some of the most common health concerns including chest congestion and sinus uses aromatherapy, think of Vick’s Vapor Rub as a prime example. The Eucalyptus is released into the air causing a soothing action into our nasal cavity and chest.
When using a candle for aromatherapy, the scent disperses into the air and enters the olfactory system in our body. The aroma is then processed into our brain as neurochemicals to stimulate our senses, leading to a healing process.
A light aroma can provide a stress-free environment either in the comfort of your room or a warm bath.
IMPROVE MENTAL FOCUS
With calming and soothing benefits from aromatherapy, concentration and memory can both be improved. The main factors influencing mental focus are stress, fatigue and tension- leading to physical issues. Applying aromatherapy can directly stimulate your body and brain.
A few aromas that can help improve mental focus are eucalyptus, lemon/citrus and basil. These scents are the most effective to invigorate the mind and body to further improve mental focus, boost concentration and enhance alertness.
METHODS OF USE
The key to complete relaxation is to create a soothing therapeutic atmosphere. Aromatherapy requires a completely stress free environment. A warm bath, foot soak, massage, steam inhalation and hot towel compress are some ways you can apply aromatherapy into your daily routine. A night-time ritual using various aromas can benefit your overall health greatly.
Lighting a therapeutic candle during a hot bath can ease muscles and relax nerves. On the other hand, using essential oils can be used in a hot bath to release the aroma. All essential oils shouldn’t be used directly on the skin, diluting it with another oil for a massage can relief tension and calm tight muscles.
TREAT COMMON HEALTH CONDITIONS
To get started on using aromatherapy for your health concerns, it’s important to note which scent will calm and provide relief. Not all scents will trigger the same health concern. Look for the following aromas to help cure common health concerns.
- Stress/Anxiety: lavender, cardamom, chamomile, rose, vanilla, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, and orange/lime.
- Depression: lemon, neroli, peppermint, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, jasmine and lavender.
- Fatigue: basil, clove, eucalyptus, jasmine, lemon, neroli, peppermint and vanilla.
- Migraine: basil, chamomile, cinnamon, ginger, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and thyme.
- Nasal Congestion: basil, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, tea tree and marjoram.
- Indigestion: lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, ginger, and basil.
- Menstrual Cramps: basil, chamomile, ginger, clary sage, lavender, rose and rosemary.