Intro to Wellness: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
What is Aromatherapy?
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines it as, "the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit."
How does it benefit me?
Aromatherapy has a huge diversity of benefits, you can really tailor your chosen essential oils to your specific needs since there are so many options. If you need to calm down, you can use oils like lavender, clary sage, chamomile, or specific calm mixes. To alert your senses use citrus based oils, or eucalyptus too. Like I said, you can tailor your experience to your need, the scents can help ground the way you'd like to feel.
How do I use it?
There are a couple different ways to get benefits out of aromatherapy, the easiest is to just dab an essential oil(s) onto your pulse points. You can also buy a diffuser and have the scents diffused into the air around you. The only thing is to make sure you don't mix up essential oils with your cooking extracts; even though the essential oils (when they're good) are natural, they're nowhere near the right formula to use in your food.
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You can also burn some Palo Santo for the amazing natural aromatherapy! Palo Santo smells of cedar, pine, mint, lemon, and frankincense. Simply light the stick at one end and hold it upright. Let it catch fire for 30-60 seconds and then lightly blow it out. When you start to see the embers flicker, let the smoke and scent fill the air as you guide it around the room.