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Aromatherapy 101

April 3, 2017

Humans have used aromatherapy since ancient times, for medicinal healing and worship rituals. Our ancestors knew aromas had a great effect upon the body, mind, and soul. With the right tips, you can take a lesson from their example and use difference scents to positively impact your life.

Today, more and more research confirms that there are benefits to aromatherapy. Studies have found that cancer patients and individuals with arthritis experienced less pain when practicing aromatherapy. According to experts, various essential oils have also been used for helping digestion, strengthening the body’s immune system, and treating pain and vomiting during child labor. So, aromatherapy can be the perfect adjunct therapy for physical, psychological, and spiritual conditions. All that’s needed are the right tools.

Here are three key scents that you can use for various Mindful practices:

  • Lavender. Lavender is a flowering plant with calming properties, and it works incredibly well for stress. The scent also has a soothing effect for those suffering with grief, anxiety, and depression disorders.
  • Citrus. Citrus aromas, such as orange, tangerine, or lemon are good for people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety.
  • Vanilla. Vanilla is another aroma that is shown to heighten mental clarity, increase circulation, reduce fevers, calm stomach pains, and relieve stress.

Not sure which fragrance would be right for you? Try experimenting. To pick your own scent, start by sampling each of the products—close your eyes and become aware of how your mind, body, and soul experience that particular aroma. Ask yourself how this aroma makes you feel. Purchase the smallest quantity possible to experiment with each fragrance.

Although aromatherapy implies healing through your sense of smell, you can benefit from these substances in other ways, like through the skin. So, you can buy these fragrances in many forms. Begin with some candles, incense, or body butters (for skin absorption) before spending too much money on essential oils. Consider choosing one scent that calms and centers you and another aroma that perks your senses and makes you feel alive. You can use the calming scent to help you sleep and the perky scent to help you wake up in the morning.

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