Aromatherapy: The Basics
Posted on November 01 2017
Well Garden of Eden fans, November is finally upon us, which means the stress of the holiday season is not so far behind. The holidays are fun, no doubt, but there are times (we’ve been there) when you just feel bogged down by the long list of tasks to get done, and it just feels like the celebrations won’t come together. When the times get like those, take a moment out of your day and smell the roses...seriously. Join us today as we go over the basics of the best stress-reliever you have probably never heard of: aromatherapy! Aroma-what? That’s right, aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to stress relief, and to conjoin the three parts of your body that make up your being: your physical self, your psychological self, and your spirit. This is what is known to the healers as “synergy.” The practice relies on using essential oils and fresh smells to put you at ease, which has some scientific basis to it (how many times have you smelt fresh biscuits baking and immediately melted?). A practice similar to this has been in use since the 11th century, so it is a time-tested way to calm down after a hectic day. In addition, it can do a whole lot more than just reduce stress. There is some scientific evidence that the scent of sage can help improve memory—especially in those that are older—and that jasmine can help give a well-needed boost to your energy levels when you need it most. Lavender is said to help up the healing process, and peppermint oils can help you get a better night’s rest. The list goes on and on, but the main point to take home here is that flowers can do a whole lot more than just look pretty in a vase. So, all of these benefits seem great, but how do you jump in? Well, there are two ways to go about this:
- Pick up a bottle of essential oil, but you need to make sure that you have a carrier oil (like coconut or almond) to dilute to potency of the essential oils—too much can have some adverse side effects.
- Find the flowers that are attributed to the effect that you want, and smell them. No, seriously. Keep them around the home, and take in a refreshing whiff whenever you find yourself passing by.