… and smell the roses!
Is this common saying, only about a nice smell and a moment of pause, from your busy day?
Or is there more to it?
That 30-60 seconds you take, to deeply inhale, through the nose, that sweet aroma of a fresh full bloom red rose, can have tremendous health benefits for you. Just one good sniff has the ability to relieve stress and anxiety, soften grief, calm PTSD, end insomnia, and get you “in the mood”.
… the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
A simple smell from the right plant can have profound effects on your physical and emotional health.
As I write this article, I am breathing the sharp smell of eucalyptus, peppermint and a dash of lemon, mixed with the mild smell of coconut oil. It clears my sinuses and allows me to breath easy. Its calming, soothing, and has none of the harsh side effects of over-the-counter nasal decongestants.
Did I grow all of those plants? No. But that would be cool to do, one day. Instead, I simply purchased a small bottle of the essential oil for each plant.
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants.
A while back, I wrote about how essential oils radically improved one little boy’s life. Take a moment, and read that story now.
Three exceptionally good essential oil companies, whose products I have used, are:
How can smelling flowers have an effect on the body?
The molecules of essential oils work when they are inhaled because, aromatic molecules interact with the surface of your nasal cavity. And by tiny olfactory nerves located in the roof of the inner nose, these aromatic molecules are transmitted to the part of the brain called the limbic system.
The limbic system interacts to control the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress level and hormone balance. This is why essential oils have such a powerful effect on our moods and general state of mind.
Hundreds of essential oils are available for use in aromatherapy. There are specific oils that help with every kind of physical ailment,
Then there are aromatherapy oils for emotional and mental issues, such as
Inhaled essential oils are truly miraculous healing tools. They solve the problem and improve your over all health and well-being, all with no negative side-effects.
But wait! Before you run to the store and stock up on essential oils, please remember, like anything else, you need to know what you’re doing. Which is why I strongly recommend finding a certified aroma therapist.
I always want to work with someone who has been properly trained. The field of aromatherapy has two organizations that can help you find an excellent well trained aroma therapist –
Both of these organizations have links on their home pages, to help you find an aroma therapist near you.
When we began this journey into Holistic Healthcare, I mentioned that we would look at various dimensions of holistic healthcare, and some of the modalities of each dimension. This article concludes our look at the Body Chemical dimension. We have looked at vitamins, minerals, herbology, homeopathy, and aromatherapy. Next time we will begin our look at the Body Mechanical.
Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.
That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul