or along the sandy beach with rolling waves
or freshly cut grass in the summer
or homemade baked bread
As you take a nice deep breath , how do you feel? You can smell the wonderful scents in the air and feel it affecting your whole body. This is holistic – it affects your body, mind and spirit on many levels. Holistic aromatherapy does the same thing; it’s about connection and transformation.
Stress and emotions meet in the nervous system. Figures state that from 75% to 90% of all of our ills are stress related. And emotional challenges for people of all ages are running rampant these days. This growing problem is huge, and a lot of it can be handled by you as you take responsibility for your life.
The challenges will continue to show up, but the question is – how will you handle it? If you learn to manage your stress and your emotions, your nervous system will love you for it. And, of course, your nervous system affects pretty much everything; it is the communication system of the body so your health and wellness will be the end result.
With my holistic aromatherapy you can affect your stress and emotions bringing them into greater balance at a deep level which can then ripple out impacting the way in which you interact with the world.
FAQ's about aromatherapy in general:
Why are they so special?
They are the gems of nature, the “quintessential” life force of natural, organic substances, carefully and gently extracted from the essences of naturally aromatic plant parts. Considered the soul of the plant, those who truly appreciate the special qualities of pure essential oils consider each drop a precious jewel to be savored, enjoyed and protected.
What is it?
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using pure essential oils to calm, balance and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The art applies to blending and the science applies to the chemical and therapeutic properties of the oils.
According to Peter Holmes and adopted by many in the field, aromatherapy is essentially an energetic form of medicine and therefore relies on the healing energy of the plant which helps the client regain their sense of well-being and vitality.
Plants produce their essential oils to influence their growth and reproduction, attract pollinating insects, repel predators and protect them from disease. They can benefit you in similar ways.
Groups in several European countries are researching the therapeutic power of essential oils and doctors are using oils in the hospitals. Aromatherapy is currently taught in medical schools in France and England. Studies have shown, for example, that Oregano essential oil is 26 times more powerful as an antiseptic than phenol, the active ingredient in many commercial products.
It is important to have good information available and a healthy respect for their power (they are 75-100 times more concentrated than dried herbs). Only pure top grade essential oils can work as nature intended them to.
Long ago plants were a natural part of health and healing and we are creating that partnership once again. We are dependent upon the plants for our survival and, if given the chance, they can help us maintain radiant wellness for a long as we are here.
How they affect us?
Two of the most effective ways for essential oils to enter the body are topical application and inhalation.
When oils are applied topically, they are absorbed through the skin and are transported throughout the body via the circulatory system. The walls of the capillaries are thin, allowing the essential oils easily pass in or out as needed. As a result, the oil can reach the individual cells. It is at the level of the cell that essential oils affect the physical body.
When inhaled, the molecules have direct contact with the olfactory nerve receptors. Located just beneath the brain, level with the ridge of the nose, the receptors pick up the molecules, transporting their message directly to the limbic system.
The limbic system is the cerebral core of emotion and memory, motivation, purpose and determination. It is also involved in controlling the entire endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones which regulate body metabolism, stress, insulin balance and more. What we take into our olfactory system can have a profound effect on our entire state of health and wellness.
Whether by topical application or inhalation, essential oils offer natural support for radiant health and well-being. They do not remain in the body and leave no residues or toxins. They are a wonderful alternative to the many toxic products available to us today.
Natural vs Synthetic
Synthetics are inorganic substances that do not contain any “life force” and are not dynamic. We can synthesize chemicals but we cannot structure them to be organic. No synthetic process can fully reconstruct a natural product. It is important to understand the difference between synthetic oils (made possible by chemistry) and pure essential oils. Synthetic substances and artificial fragrances may duplicate the smell of the pure botanicals. But it is the complex chemical components of each essential oil created in nature that determine its therapeutic and true aromatic qualities. Synthetically-derived perfumes and cosmetics can cause allergies and stress to our systems, not to mention adding more chemicals into our lives.
- When you feel agitated, do you know how to quickly calm and soothe yourself?
- Can you easily let go of your anger?
- Can you turn to others at work to help you calm down and feel better?
- When you come home at night, do you walk in the door feeling alert and relaxed?
- Are you seldom distracted or moody?
- Are you able to recognize upsets that others seem to be experiencing?
- Do you easily turn to friends or family memebers for a calming influence?
- When your energy is low, do you know how to boost it?
From The Language of Emotional Intelligence by Jeanne Segal. PhD
Your nervous system is made up of your brain, your spinal cord, and an enormous network of nerves that thread throughout your body. It is the control center for your entire body. Your brain uses information it receives from your nerves to coordinate all of your actions and reactions.