The practice of Aromatherapy is near and dear to my heart
My mission is to shift the underlying reliance on big pharma to diagnose an issue to an empowered approach to our health and wellbeing. When we are able to quiet the fury of activity in the mind, we can start to hear our intuition leading us toward what we need most in that moment. In essence, I create holistic products that will support a shift of our being at the core of our existence: mind, body and spirit. The idea is that as we incorporate ethically sourced natural products into our routines, we begin to organically shift our entire being from a scarcity mindset (or fear based internal dialogue) to abundance and inner peace. There is much to discuss on this topic and obviously takes more than just oils, but in essence, the pharmaceutical industry was created on the backs of our plant friends and has led to a disempowerment and disconnection with our own bodies. While there certainly is a need for synthetic medicines, (I receive infusions every 8wks for autoimmune conditions which inspired this very pursuit) when we use them, they help in one area but bring imbalance to another because they are synthetic, our bodies don't recognize them as our own. The use of alchemical potions empower us to look into the root of our issues and start there - holistically. My belief is that plants were put on earth with their unique chemistry, resilience and survival mechanisms to show us how we too can survive. These plant compounds are a natural intelligence and gift from mother earth which our bodies understand intuitively. We are plants, plants are us.
What is Aromatherapy?
Often overshadowed by the commercialism of scented products labeled "aromatherapy" our perception has been distorted in regard to this this ancient practice. Aromatherapy is the holistic therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants to enhance the mind, body and spirit connection.
Aromatherapy has received a lot of attention over the last few years in part due to advances in neuroscience. Our five senses are each unique in their relationship with how we interact with our environment. Our sense of smell is thought to be the "most primal of the senses and holds sway over cognition, emotion and even our other senses." What is different about smell is that it is directly relayed to the amygdala (learning, memory processing, decision-making and emotional responses: fear, anxiety, aggression) whereas all our other senses are integrated through our thalamus (consciousness: processes and relays sensory information). Sometimes just thinking about certain smells can be as powerful as actually smelling them.
What is an Essential Oil (EO)?
Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic volatile oils of plant origin with numerous chemical compounds extracted from plant materials obtained through the process of steam distillation, hydrodiffusion or pressure. Each oil will have different properties and characteristics such as Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, anxiolytic, antidepressant, analgesic, and antidiabetic activities. EO's are made and used by plants for the benefit of their survival, there is a reason humankind has learned to use plant medicine to help our in body existence in subtle but profound ways.
What are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?
I am not a doctor. Always contact a medical professional before beginning any new course of treatment.
Aromatherapy has been shown to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, headaches, migraines, chronic pain, acute pain, muscular and joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, upset stomach, relaxation, sport injuries, skin disorders, spirituality, improving circulation, emotional issues, balance sebum production, anti-aging, detoxification of the skin, wound healing, scar reduction, detoxification of the body, stimulating lymph sirculation, fatigue, exhaustion and endless more.
Methods of EO Application
EO's can enter the body in three ways: topical application, inhalation or ingestion. Despite mainstream companies suggesting you can ingest your oils, I invite you to do your own research. Due to the highly concentrated nature of these aromatic compounds, you could be doing damage to your intestinal system consuming oils undiluted. And while on the subject, we also want to be careful to avoid applying EO's undiluted to the skin as well as we can become sensitized unpredictably.
How does Aromatherapy work?
Smell is a chemical reaction; receptors in the brain respond to chemicals within essential oils. When we breathe in, these chemicals move up behind the bridge of the nose, attaching themselves to millions of hair-like receptors connected to the olfactory bulb. These receptors are so sensitive that they can be stimulated by even subtle scents, and different odors bind to distinct arrays of receptors, enabling people to discriminate between more than 10,000 odors! Credible evidence suggests that odors can affect mood, physiology and behavior. This is due to the proximity and connections of the olfactory bulb to the limbic system, responsible for emotional memory. We know immediately if a smell is pleasant or unpleasant and what memories it evokes.