We know how aromas make us feel. Some aromas make us euphoric, others have a more calming effect, and specific familiar aromas can transport us back in time and bring on feelings of nostalgia. The psychological and emotional effects of fragrance and the extreme importance of our sense of smell are evident. But, did you know these same fragrances can also be used to heal your body and make well-being on your life? Aromatherapy is a famous technique amongst healers from all areas of the world and all cultures.
What do they know that you don’t?
As with Color Therapy, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, and Energy Therapy, the aim of Aromatherapy, within the reach of healing, is to trigger the senses of the body. The goal is to remove the conditioned, logical, and analytical mind, thus activating the superb reality of”feeling” and experiencing life inside most empirical and purest form. It is in this empirical state, that we are able to break the illusions of separation and connect on a deeper level with the energies that surround us. Dr. Richard Gerber MD, author of Vibrational Medicine, tells us that one of the best ways we can change dysfunctional patterns in our bodies is to administer therapeutic doses of frequency-specific energy. We do it by using herbs, crystals, sound, and energy also known as vibrational medicines.
It is common knowledge and practice, that scent can affect physical and mental changes in living beings. We experience it regularly in our daily lives. When we smell a fragrance, it triggers a direct emotion or feeling, making us happy, excited, calm or even nostalgic. Aromatherapy, practiced through thousands of years, dating back to the early Egyptians and the Vedic culture of India, where plant extracts and medicinal plants are still widely used.
The term Aromatherapy
It was coined in 1937, by a French perfumer and chemist by the name of Rene-Maurice Gatterfosee. Aromatherapy is the holistic science of utilizing naturally extracted essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind, and soul. Through the knowledgeable and controlled use of essential oils, we are able to achieve physical, emotional wellbeing, and total well-being. As along with other holistic practices, Aromatherapy is always used to treat the “whole” person and not just the symptom or the disease. The application of essential oils is mentioned countless times and during diverse civilizations (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans etc.) for a variety of health-related applications. Today, there are thousands of research on essential oils. We understand that their effectiveness is accurately merited by their composition of very tiny molecules, that have the ability to penetrate deeply and rapidly into our cells (Transdermal delivery).
The sense of smell
It is the most neglected of all the senses in humans. This is surprising when we consider that to seventy-five percent of what we perceive as taste, actually comes from our sense of smell. The neurons that sense the fragance molecules, lie deep within the nasal cavity, in a patch of cells called the olfactory epithelium. To know how odor is perceived, it’s necessary to understand why the limbic system permits us to behave differently when undergoing different fragances. The Limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas close to the edge of the cortex, associated with our instinct and mood. It also controls our most basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring). A crucial component of smell is that olfactory neurons make up the sensory pathway, that is in direct contact with the mind. Because of the close link to the limbic center, feelings and emotions can naturally be controlled, as well as memory.
The program and uses of Aromatherapy
It obey the same Universal Law that everything vibrates at different and specific frequencies. Every atom in the world has a specific vibratory or periodic motion. Most plants (and animals,) use enzymes to break down molecular elements during their life processes. And, all these enzymes has a distinctive crystalline form with a certain vibratory frequency. The vibrational frequency of an oil reflects the innate integrity of these elements and the intrinsic enzymes embodied in its substance.
The procedure for using Aromatherapy in curing treatments is to employ plant-derived oils together with the proper matching frequency. Therefore, allowing the physical body to consume these energetic vibrations and bring the body back to a state of well-being and balance. Essential oils don’t resonate with all the toxins in our bodies; nevertheless, do they resonate with negative emotions. This incompatibility is what naturally helps eliminate toxins and poisonous energy from our systems. Aromatherapy, energetically speaking, can help dislodge forgotten traumas by surfacing them into our understanding. For, it’s in a state of consciousness that we can confront, deal with themand let them go. The therapeutic properties of the approach, create exceptional vibrational remedies, capable of curing or rebalancing the body/mind/soul/spirit. Essential oils can regularly be used in body oils for massage, facial/body lotions and oils, baths, inhalation, diffusion, and on the energy points on your body.
It is rather simple to incorporate Aromatherapy into your daily life. You don’t have to be a master of herbs and plants. Choose a few. Learn about their energetic properties. Smell each oil. How do they make you feel? Once you’ve narrowed down your list and hand chosen your favorites, here are some DIY ideas:
- Place a few drops onto a tissue and put it in the air vents in your vehicle. Enjoy Aromatherapy anywhere you go. No have to schedule additional time to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.
- You can combine your favourite oils with coconut or coconut oil (my favorites) and use them instead of your regular perfume.
- Mix your essential oil in distilled water. Then, with a spray bottle, spray it as an air freshener around the home. You can also spray it in your favorite pillows and throws.