‘Touch the mind, calm the body, heal the spirit.’ – This philosophy lies at the heart of any holistic approach towards health and wellness, and aromatherapy is one such approach.
Finding day-to-day balance can seem like a daunting challenge at times - particularly during times of change and critical global upheaval, but essential oil therapy offers us a clarifying moment to take a conscious breath amidst the chaos to provide some much needed relaxation and calm.
Aromatherapy is a method of healing that’s thought to possess the power to realign the body, mind, and spirit on one harmonious plane, and when that happens we achieve a balanced state of being. Aromatherapy appeals to our senses in a way that increases our sense of wellbeing. Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways including in massage therapy, baths, spritzers, room diffusers, or diffuser jewelry.
The science behind aromatherapy is the ability of certain odors to stimulate the olfactory system, which is the part of our brain connected to smell. Our sensory receptors release a “feel good” chemical known as serotonin which facilitates positive psychological and physiological effects on our mind and body. Essential oils all carry different aromas with varying characteristic properties and have the ability to not only influence our emotions, alter our mood, but even evoke memories.
Aromatic oils of lavender, patchouli, and chamomile for instance, are well known for their relaxing and grounding properties. In contrast, essential oils of lemongrass, orange, cedarwood, and bergamot, are wonderful for stimulating the senses for better concentration and focus.
Whether it be for balancing your spiritual aura, calming your nervous system, or uplifting your emotional energy, carefully formulated essential oil blends can promote holistic healing in an individual. Essential oils have been shown to reduce nausea and pain, ease anxiety and depression, minimize stress, and improve sleep.
Ultimately, when used correctly, aromatherapy offers us an improved quality of life and helps us tune fully into our bodies to optimize and harmonize our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.