|Have you ever stopped in your tracks after smelling an incredible aroma? Imagine this scenario: Your eyes close as you inhale the intoxicating smell of a flower and you feel an instant wave of relaxation and calm wash over you. If this experience sounds familiar to you, then you have already encountered the incredible benefits that aromas can provide.
Aromatherapy, "also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process".
Essential oils are a great way to experience the benefits of aromatherapy. Essential oils "are simply a mixture of volatile aromatic compounds. These compounds are able to interact with the olfactory (smell) receptors in the nose. Our sense of smell can have a profound effect on our emotions, and simply inhaling the aroma can elicit an emotional response. The smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, where the scent is perceived and processed".
This article will explore the benefits of aromatherapy, as well as different methods of experiencing aromatherapy using essential oils.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
There are a multitude of benefits that can be gained from practicing aromatherapy techniques with essential oils. For many, life has become so busy that self-care or relaxation techniques seem to go by the wayside so easily. Aromatherapy can be a great way to incorporate daily acts of self-care into your everyday life.
Here are just a few benefits to consider if you are considering trying out and experiencing the from aromatherapy practices:
Have you already been found aromatherapy beneficial in your own life? Consider sharing your story and how aromatherapy or essential oils have helped you in the comments below.
Methods of Aromatherapy
There are many different methods that you can use to start enjoying the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy. Some of the application methods of aromatherapy are:
For myself, my favourite way of experiencing aromatherapy in my daily life is to use a home diffuser with a few drops of lavender essential oil. It creates a calming environment that helps me to relax and unwind at home, and takes only seconds to setup.
A great way to get started with essential oils is to sample a few scents to experience the difference they can make in your own life for yourself. This is how I started exploring the benefits of essential oils for myself! If you would like to receive samples or more information, reach out to me and let me know.
Next weeks article will explore the use of essential oils with pets and animals so make sure to check back for that. Also, if you missed last weeks introduction to essential oils post, click here. Check out my essential oils page for information about how to purchase doTERRA essential oils, or click the button below:
Thanks for reading and be sure to share your experience of using essential oils for aromatherapy in the comments below!
References: naha.org, doterra.com
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