What do you think of when you hear the term “self-care?” Probably eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, right? Great! These actions provide positive results for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. When it comes to caring for yourself on an emotional level, there’s another increasingly popular option: Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy: Why Are Scents So Powerful and Suggestive?
When you understand why scents are so powerful and evocative you understand the immediate benefits of aromatherapy; aromatherapy triggers good feelings and influences our emotions, it’s no wonder aromas are so powerful. According to Starchaser Aromatics and Energy Work, aromatherapy works with the whole person on all levels of their being. Aromatherapy is used to promote and support good physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
What is it?
According to Merriam-Webster, aromatherapy can be defined as the “inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes.” This might put you in mind of a relaxing visit to the spa, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But you can also incorporate aromatherapy into your daily life.
Using lotions or other products containing essential oils or flower extracts, which have been available for quite some time, is one way to enjoy scents that help you relax. And now that aromatherapy has become more mainstream, you can find essential oils and diffusers at your local grocery store. Or, if you prefer a more natural option, you can make your own aromatherapy products using recipes available online or in a guidebook on essential oils.
How to Use Essential Oils
Before trying essential oils, you should speak with your doctor to determine whether they are medically appropriate for you. If you prefer to fill a room with the scent of your favorite essential oil, you can use a diffuser—a device that spreads essential oil vapor through the air. Or, if you prefer, you can apply the scent to your skin, but be sure to first dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil. Do not apply any essential oil to the skin without diluting it. To further promote safety, follow your product’s usage instructions (which should include information on how much of the essential oil to add to the carrier oil).
Though there are many scents you can use as part of your own aromatherapy, you might consider starting with these well-known options:
Our sense of smell is very powerful. So powerful, in fact, that it affects our emotions. Have you ever noticed how certain scents remind you of loved ones, favorite places, or comforting moments? Because of this emotional connection to scent, aromatherapy can help you feel calm, handle stress, and fall asleep more easily.
Please leave a comment about your positive experiences with aromatherapy. We look forward to hearing from you.