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Aromatherapy 101


Hello everyone! Today I will be blogging and sharing ideas/research I have done regarding Aromatherapy.

I love essential oils! From the comfort I feel when wearing and smelling clove to the instant energy boost I get when smelling some peppermint oil, it often feels magical. I promise you, there is science behind these heavenly smell goods!

Essential Oils are seen as "a gentle, non-invasive natural healing art" that utilizes the scent of essential oils to promote general well-being. Did you know the use of scent to alter and enhance health and well-being has been around for centuries? Science has confirmed that scents have the ability promote good physical, mental, and spiritual health.

I understand it can be a bit overwhelming while learning about new, alternative ways to heal your body. That is how I feel anytime I hear about something new regarding wellness, "why haven't I been doing this? How will I do this amongst everything else I do?" Don't worry, I am here to help break it down and make the practice of aromatherapy 1.) make sense and 2.) feel accessible to implement into your day to day living.

The science:

"Smell this and feel calm!" "Rub this scented lotion on your skin and re-energize your spirit!" Does this sound like nonsense to you? Strangely enough, it's not nonsense. There is much more to aromatherapy than just meets the nose. Let's explore!

Aromatherapy falls under a new science called psychoneuroimmunology: the branch of biomedical science that explores the relationships between the nervous system, emotions and the endocrine and immune systems. It is the science of the mind/body connection and it is concerned with the links between our states of mind and our states of health.

Did you know science has confirmed that pleasurable experiences like breathing in pleasant aromas actually strengthens the body's immune system while uplifting the spirit? You may heave heard of holistic medicine, which looks at the causes and prevention of illness, and not just the symptoms Holistic medicine is a whole-body approach to health that gives you responsibility and a certain amount of control over your health. Aromatherapy is part of holistic medicine; a fabulous, sensual and creative way to keep on top of your health.

Why does aromatherapy work?

  • Aromatherapy utilizes our strongest sense: our sense of smell

  • Sense of smell gives a direct path to the brain

  • The sense of smell runs directly to the limbic area of the brain. The limbic system links directly to our memories, stored learned responses, emotions and feelings.

Aromatherapy is very user-friendly! Like mentioned earlier, it can get overwhelming when new things are introduced but once you understand a few basics, the use of essential oils for a healthier, happier you is easy.

A Few Basics:

  • Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated oils. Make sure you carefully read the manufacturer's instructions for proper usage.

  • Very few essential oils should be applied to the skin or ingested at full strength. Most require dilution. Dilute with:

  • ​grape seed oil

  • coconut oil

  • jojoba oil

  • olive oil

  • sweet almond oil

  • When oils are blended with lotions, creams, or massage oils, the essential oil blend will last about two months.

  • For best results, mix in small amounts and use up quickly

  • Add anywhere from 10-30 drops of essential oil into an ounce of quality carrier oil

  • Store in an amber bottle

Lavender and eucalyptus are wonderful starter oils because they offer a broad range of health benefits. They also blend well together!

Use intuition while exploring essential oils and aromatherapy. Perhaps you are seeking serenity because of a stressful lifestyle. A oil like lavender, that has calming effects, would be a good choice to begin with. However, blending oils can add a whole new depth to your aromatherapy practice. Anyone leading a stressful life could probably benefit from an energy booster as well. Orange, or any other citrus oil, would be a great addition to the mix! Blending oils is easy and fun!

Blends:

  • Stress relief: Lavender, lemon, chamomile, myrrh, sandalwood, frankincense, and cedar wood.

  • Mood enhancer: Orange, eucalyptus, and lavender

  • Colds and flu: Eucalyptus, ginger and rosemary

  • Energy boost: Rosemary, lemon, and orange

  • Seasonal depression: Rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, and peppermint

  • Invigorating/energy boost: Ginger and mint

Stove top potpourri:

In this blend cinnamon essential oil is used to help clear the air. Simply use scraps of orange and lemon peel, water and add a few drops of cinnamon and clove. Turn the burner on low and simmer for a few minutes.

Oil diffuser:

Use the previously stated blends, or blends of your choosing, and add them to your oil diffuser. Keep one at the office and your home for instant relaxation or an energy boost.

Aromatherapy is a wonderful practice to incorporate into your everyday life and yoga practice. There is so much more to learn about aromatherapy! Keep an eye out for upcoming blogs that will contain aromatherapy recipes for the blog topic.

"If you watch how nature deals with adversity,

continually renewing itself,

you can't help but learn."

- Bernie Siegel, M.D.

-- Live well,

Gabrielle Gallegos

#aromatherapy #education #wellness #essentialoils

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