I’ve always been fascinated with aromatherapy and a couple of years back was happy to connect with a lovely who writes on this subject at her blog Laina’s Corner. I requested Laina Lloyd do a guest post for Everyday Gyaan on the benefits of some essential oils. So here it is……..
Aromatherapy anyone? Then hop on over to Laina’s Corner
after you’ve read her post.
May you be inspired – everyday!
One of my favorite things to do is drive through the nearby canyon after a summer rain. The smells are amazing! To me the plants and trees are some of the best givers. The scents they release, their oils, their gifts, delight me! I smell the sweet aroma of honeysuckle and raspberry bushes, the strength of the pine trees, the woodsy smell from the tree bark, and the soft hint of the wet dirt all mingled together which uplift my spirit bringing gratitude for their creation.
The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. This is because the sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic system of the brain, which contains the emotional control center. In general, the term aromatherapy refers to the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior. Take a moment and think about your favorite smells and how they affect you emotionally.
Did you know that the essential oil of lavender is considered the universal oil? Lavender has been known to balance the body and work wherever there is a need. I always tell my people “If you don’t know which essential oil to use, use lavender.” The aromatherapy of lavender would be one of an emotional or spiritual response. When I smell Lavender, I am taken back emotionally to the many visits I had as a child to my grandmother’s home. She had lavender sachets in all her linen drawers and hanging on the bed posts in her bedroom. I definitely have a loving emotional response to the scent of lavender.
If you are looking for an essential oil that would assist you in psychic awareness and purification, then Lemongrass is a great choice. However, did you know that the therapeutic essential oil of Lemongrass also has powerful antifungal properties? For the antifungal effects of Lemongrass, I only use certified therapeutic grade essential oils. I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for over thirteen years and am confident that they are the most safe and reliable certified therapeutic grade essential oils on the market.
Another good therapeutic essential oil with antifungal properties is Citronella. This oil belongs to the same family of aromatic, oil-rich tropical grasses as lemongrass and Palmarosa. It has been mostly used as an insecticide and hardly used alone in aromatherapy but is often used in aromatherapy blends. It does have a refreshing scent. There are several cautions listed in the aromatherapy books concerning the use of Citronella as it can increase the heart rate. It is best to find an essential oil blend that uses the Citronella instead of using it alone.
Two other favorites of mine are Basil and the Tea Tree oil, which is also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia. The essential oil of Basil has quite a history with the Hindus who put basil sprigs on the chests of the dead to protect them from evil spirits. Italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors, and in the Asian Indian medicine, basil’s name is derived from “basileum,” the Greek name for king. As for the Tea Tree oil, we find that, like the Lemongrass and Citronella, it is a powerful antifungal and has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory actions. Its fragrant influence is one of cleansing and purity.
These are just a few of the many aromatherapy fragrances we have been given to delight us on our life’s journey. May you find pleasures beyond measure in the healing properties of the scents that surround you!