“The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odour around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one centre after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection.” – Lewis Thomas
Few remain indifferent to the magic of a rose garden; may be because the scent of classic “English Rose” lifts our mood. In fact, rose aromatherapy oil inspires love and happiness, beauty and joy, it is known as the Goddess of Love fragrance, and it positively affects all our relationships. Just burn a few drops of this quite expensive oil in your humidifier and you will immediately create a welcoming atmosphere especially when you have invited that special friend around for dinner.
So how can a fragrance heal us, how can a mere scent ensure we balance our physical and emotional states? Aromatherapy has always been one of the answers. Aromatherapy oils are a mix of plants and flowers that emanate specific perfumes. We can use them in various ways, for example in the bath, during a massage or in the shower. We can also burn the essences using humidifiers to imbue our environment with aromatic whiffs of inspiration. Some folks use them as mouth rinses to disinfect gums and teeth; this process is especially useful if we mix the essence with propolis.
We cannot always use aromatherapy as a de-stress solution however, they should be avoided during pregnancy, those with sensitive skin need to ensure they are not allergic. Any contact with the eyes must also be avoided, as it could cause inflammation. But notwithstanding these few exceptions, the scent of the oils heal us, sometimes touching our souls and our hearts, linking us to cosmic consciousness and reminding us of the beauty of the plant world.
Sandalwood works well in the bedroom also; another classic aromatherapy favourite it puts us in a good mood, and when massaged into our skin helps us relax. Some of us use it to massage our partners as the scent ensures making love becomes a highly spiritual experience.
Geranium oil creates a welcoming atmosphere as well as enhancing communication between folks. It has an arousing creative effect on the sub conscious mind, friends will want to chat more, and employees will work faster as they breathe in its aroma in the office Geranium oil mixed with Oregano in a humidifier will ensure that we get going and start resolving our “List of things to do!”
But you might still ask how come a mere scent affects us so. You will have noticed that when we smell something unpleasant we shut down, make a face, wrinkle our nose, we avoid breathing deeply and shallow breath causes health problems and stress. When we smell something beautiful, like a scent or cologne, our mind is imbued with positive thoughts. In fact, when it comes to positive thoughts, Vanilla aromatherapy essence is popular because it reminds us of our childhood, when mum baked fab cakes and life was sweet. If you are trying to sell a property burning vanilla oil in a humidifier will attract a buyer, and you could end up with a sale!
Unusual aromatherapy scents can even sort out physical problems. Take Fennel, its odour is great for stomach problems and colds may be because of its antispasmodic components. Combined with Marjoram oil, it helps with digestion too.
One of the most inspiring oils for the spiritual seeker is Jasmine; it is so sweet it lifts our spirits at the very first whiff. Calling out to our souls and working magic in our lives the scent helps us relax and release concerns, and worries, leading us into a brighter world of love and peace.
Perhaps the power of aromatherapy is so significant because it harks back to 4500 BC when the Egyptians used perfumed oils in magical rituals. For example, one of their favourites was Frankincense because it breaks through the heaviness of material life, and lifts all those who smell it to higher dimensions of purity and power.
But the Egyptians did not only use Frankincense for magic and mystery, they included it in their embalming techniques and considered it a cosmetic treat due to its anti aging properties. So if you want to be a lookalike for the beautiful Queen Nefertiti, ensure you massage your face with Frankincense, you will be as gorgeous as she ever was!
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