We all recall smells that brings back good feelings from childhood that evoke a loving feeling, like Grandma’s cherry pie or the smell of roses.
The sense of smell is indeed related to the limbic system, the most primitive part of the brain that governs our feelings and emotions. Smell is the most primal sense, and it has significant influence over our thoughts, emotions, moods, memories and behaviors.
Use of essential oils can be traced back to the Egyptians who used them in embalming the dead, and to the Chinese who first used aromatic plants for well-being. Aromatherapy is considered to be the first medicine known to mankind. Aromatherapy allows us to harness the olfactory power of plants, using essential oils to enhance physical and emotional health.
What is an essential oil? Well, it is not actually an oil. Essential oil is a highly concentrated volatile liquid distilled from plants, flowers, bark, seeds and fruits. The best way to use essential oils is in a diffuser, or topically on the skin when properly diluted with a carrying oil (e.g., coconut, almond, etc.).
There are many uses for essential oils, but the quality of the oil is of primary importance to achieve therapeutic results. Even though you may be tempted to buy your essential oil from your local health food store, I recommend contacting an aromatherapist instead, or researching reputable companies online who can supply you with detailed information about each oil they sell.
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral qualities.
Lavender essential oil is everyone’s favorite: fresh, floral, and sweet. Once you discover the power of this oil, you will not leave your house without it. Lavender is antibacterial, repels insects, reduces itching, and aids in healing scars. Lavender is one of the most versatile oils.
Many studies show that lavender oil helped lift depression, reduce insomnia, and minimize anxiety.
Peppermint is great for waking up your tired mind and body. This oil works wonders combatting mental fatigue, throbbing headaches, nausea, asthma or vertigo. Peppermint essential oil is more concentrated than other oils, so it is not recommended for children topically, particularly near the face.
I couldn’t leave out one of my favorite essential oils: Frankincense. With its woodsy, spicy and fruity aroma, many find it calming and relaxing. Frankincense is considered a top essential oil you can use for your health. Frankincense is anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy cell regeneration. Its benefits are endless, helping with issues like arthritis, oral health, and respiratory and digestive issues. Frankincense is also being studied by scientists as a potential healing aid for cancer.
Many people are also aware of Frankincense’s spiritual properties. Frankincense was an oil given to Jesus at birth, and even today it is used during baptisms and anointments.
Aromatherapy is slowly finding its way back into our homes and into conventional medicine. Lavender is now even being used in Lee Memorial Hospital – a fantastic step toward embracing this natural way we can enrich and help heal our bodies.
And don’t forget… Smell the roses!! You will awake the loving feeling within. Remember, “Love Heals.”
Source:Lenka Spiska For News Press