“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” - Diane Ackerman
As a millenial, (and normal human being) I constantly look for quick, easy fixes in my own life to alleviate stress and make life easier. Today’s technology and media has trained us—through instant gratification results via speedy-fast internet, movie streaming, same day delivery, tv show transformations, etc.—to expect the same quick results in our own lives.
This instant gratification phenomenon causes us to be inpatient and creates a sense of urgency. We are constantly on the grind, multi-tasking, or worrying about what we aren’t doing enough of. This often prevents us from taking the time to be present enough to enjoy the little things in life; to stop and smell the roses.
Slowing down, being mindful, and truly being present in the moment is no easy feat and takes patience and practice in and of itself. Not exactly the instant gratification we want. However, Mindfulness (the practice of being present in the moment, engaging our senses without judgement) has been scientifically proven to be extremely beneficial to us physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It helps reduce stress, anxiety, increase our awareness, helps us manage our emotions, be more connected to ourselves and our world, and the list could go on.
This may not be a new discovery, but I have found something that instantly makes it easier to practice mindfulness, ground myself, improve my mood, and relieve stress.
Aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils
As most everyone knows, scent is our most powerful sense. We are reminded how powerful it is when a particular fragrance wafts by that reminds you of your mother, or when the smell of your favorite baked goods brings you back to that chocolate cake your grandma used to make for your birthdays.
Scents are also highly emotive, meaning that they have the power to evoke emotions and impact how you feel. The perfume industry is structured around this connection, with brands developing fragrances that seek to convey a vast array of emotions and feelings from desire to power, vitality to relaxation.
Did you know that some scents can actually improve your health?
“Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally,” said Brianna Scarpelli, a marketer and expert on essential oils. Ready to learn how essential oils can help you? Below are 7 AMAZING benefits of Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils.
1. They Are Quick and Easy To Use
Just a few drops can give you that instant relief and gratification we were talking about earlier. You can wear them during the day on the go (via our Aromatherapy scarves), inhale them, diffuse them in your home, or even rub them onto your skin directly.
2. Instant Relief
Because of the oils small size, they can immediately penetrate the skin and cell membranes. Since they are lipid soluble, they can actually diffuse throughout the blood and tissues instantly in a matter of seconds! Oils cross the brain-blood barrier and reach the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain that control our mood, emotions and beliefs. So, they can ultimately help us with our ability to deal with stress, anger, or any other emotion we are trying to manage. They can also help us have a more positive mindset.
3. Therapeutic Benefits
Essential oils can help us relax, sleep, or improve our mood, based on which scents you are using. They have an instantaneous effect on your mood, for the reasons stated above. For example, lavender is extremely beneficial for relaxation and sleep, and citrus blends are great for giving you a mood boost while also promoting relaxation. They can also be used to enhance mindfulness and concentration, making it easier to slow down, get grounded, and be present in the moment.
4. Organic and All-Natural
They are derived from the volatile aromatic compounds from plants, meaning they are holistic and healthy. Essential oils have also been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body. (But make sure that you use therapeutic grade essential oils that are all natural and safe, not perfume grade that contain harmful chemicals).
5. Oxygenating Properties
Because they are lipid soluble, they are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they are nutrient or oxygen deprived. Essential oils contain oxygen molecules that help transport nutrients and oxygen to starving human cells; as healthy cells need oxygen. By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate and improve the immune system.
6. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants strengthen the body’s systems and help prevent damaging effects of aging, diet, and the environment; as well as work to eliminate free radicals.
7. Soothes Aches and Pains
Due to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and detoxifying properties, they relieve minor aches and pains, as well as soothe sore muscles and joints.
“For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little.” – Rachel Carson
There are numerous other benefits to Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, depending on what you are looking for and what oils you use. One of my favorite organic essential oils brands is DoTerra. Learn more from their A-Z guide, here: http://doterra-oil.blogspot.com/p/essential-oil-usage-guide-z.html
Have you tried using essential oils? If so, what essential oils have you used and LOVE!?Thank you in advance for reading, commenting and sharing with love, compassion and kindness. You help make our cozy corner of the world wide web an awesome place!