Aromatherapy to Support your Health and Wellness Journey
If you are not familiar with aromatherapy, it has been called an alternative form of healing that uses the volatile oils/compounds of plants that are commonly known as essential oils. These extractions can be aromatically inhaled for a variety of reasons, including general health and specific health conditions including to improve mood, change cognitive states, relief of headaches and as well as a supplemental medicine.
Healing modalities, including forms of self care, come in a wide variety of forms. A similar thread between many has been the use of aromatherapy as an integral part many of them including, and of course not limited to, massage, acupuncture, healing touch and other forms of energy healing, journaling, meditation and yoga. Plants have amazing healing properties, not just when eaten as nutrition, but also when properly diluted for inhalation and topical use. The power of plants has the ability to improve our mental and physiological state of being. Different plants, maybe even the same plant grown in different regions, have a variety of benefits many of which can be enhances with the appropriate combination of other essential oils, which is known as synergy.
Aromatherapy is a supporting adjunct to many therapies and a knowledgable practitioner can really help you find the benefits through the use of the formulation that best supports you. Consider the following:
Healing Amplifier and Pain Relief
I have undergone several extensive procedures since 2017 to help my body heal from years of wear from use in softball (3rd base, 90 MPH fast pitch softball, left field, tennis 8 hours a day, and normal every day activities). As I have gotten older, my body has felt the effect of all the activities and the resulting pain. When the healing included surgery or other invasive means of treatment, I did what I could to find ways to expedite healing and minimize pain without the need of narcotics. I do not respond well to traditional over the counter remedies and sought other avenues to help alleviate the symptoms and I haven’t use traditional pain relief in several years.
Once I really understood the impact on my overall health that came from the use of analgesics, including different side effects on the body, even if they do relieve the pain, I was dedicated to finding alternative methods. I was astounded to find aromatherapy can be effective in relieving an abundant number of different types of pain without causing any harm. I decided to evaluate this and ultimately take advantage of the amazing benefits? You will find that pain relief is one of the most beneficial uses of aromatherapy and some of the most wide used essential oils for this purpose, both for personal and professional use, include chamomile, lavender, juniper, eucalyptus, clary sage, peppermint and rosemary essential oils.
Because various essential oils can also act as stimulants, many may help to increase the rate of healing throughout the body. Internal healing processes like those following surgeries or illness require an increased oxygen supply and blood flow to wounds or affected areas and aromatherapy can help. The anti-microbial properties of select essential oils help to support the body in keeping itself protected during these sometimes delicate healing stages of the body. Some popular essential oils that are commonly used for speeding up the healing process can include, but of course are not limited to, calendula, buckthorn, everlasting (helichrysum), rosehip and lavender.
Something to also keep in mind is that many of these oils do far more than healing wounds. Some can be used to reduce the severity and discomfort of skin conditions (psoriasis and eczema) as well as help in stress relief as you will see in a bit.
Immune System Support
Eating well and providing adequate nourishment for the body, mind and soul are incredibly important for the building support of a strong immune system. Even with the best, most thoughtful self care practices, the use of aromatherapy can give a serious uplift to your immune system when used properly. Aromatherapy practices can have incredibly anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antibacterial effects that have been shown can protect you from any number of illnesses and infections that could damage your immune system. The most effective essential oils that have been shown to have immune boosting benefits include frankincense, lemon, oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus and cinnamon essential oils.
If you search for the uses of aromatherapy, it is likely you will find the most widespread use is for stress relief. Specific aromatic compounds from an inordinate number of different essential oils in combination are known to relax the body and mind to help sooth you, reducing the feelings of anxiety. The mixture of essential oils can be very simple, very simple and the research on this aspect of aromatherapy is very well-known and widely studied. My practice incorporates the use of some of the most used essential oils for stress relief and include lavender, lemon, bergamot, vetiver (my personal all time favorite), peppermint and ylang-ylang varieties of essential oils I you have researched the use of essential oils, you may have also found, as my studies have shown and use has supported, lemon oil can improve mood and reduce outbursts of anger.
Increases Energy Levels
There are times in live when we feel tired, lacking energy and wanting a pick-me-up that is not ingestible with long lasting effects that can impact other areas of life like sleep. While most, if not all, of us can can relate to needing more energy to manage the daily tasks of modern life, stimulants like cigarettes, energy pills, coffee or even illegal substances can have very devastating and damaging effects on the body that can severely detract from our quality of life. I know from personal experience that diet and exercise may also help, aromatherapy has helped me, and many others, to add a bit more energy into moments when it is needed most. Just like other areas of life that need additional support, essential oils have been known to increase energy levels, boost circulation, and provide stimulation to the body and mind with no dangerous/devastating side effects that can be caused by other stimulating substances. Some of the most effective essential oils for giving yourself a necessary boost at any time of the day could include cinnamon, black pepper, clove, angelica, jasmine, cardamom, tea tree, sage and rosemary.