by Ruth Bruner
There are over 58,000 peer-reviewed published articles on the subject of Aromatherapy in Google Scholar. The U.S. National Library of Medicine/ National Institute of Health or PubMed has over published 1189 scientific articles on the subject of aromatherapy. Amazon offers over 10,000 books on the subject of Aromatherapy. Another scholarly source of scientific research and knowledge is ScienceDirect. The combined search results for aromatherapy and essential oils for ScienceDirect was about 100,000. Arguably, there are most likely thousands of ways to benefit from Aromatherapy and essential oils. However here are 72 actionable ways human beings can immediately benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils today.
HERE’S A QUICK & EASY EXPLANATION OF “AROMATHERAPY”
Aromatherapy is an natural, non-invasive, alternative medicine that uses fragrant/aromatic essential oils that are derived from different medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees grown all over the world — which have proven (objectively and subjectively), powerful effects on improving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being for thousands of years. When inhaled or applied to the skin, therapeutic-grade essential oils have been shown to affect the whole person not just the symptoms or disease. It holistically assists the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils. Aromatherapy is only one of many effective, natural and holistic alternatives for promoting and supporting emotionally, mentally, spiritually healthy living.
WHY & HOW HUMAN BEINGS POSITIVELY BENEFIT FROM AROMATHERAPY
The inhalation of essential oils can directly influence the body, mind and spirit by stimulating the Limbic system (emotional-mammalian brain) in the human brain. According to the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, the sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the emotional control center (Limbic Lobe). Reacting to destructive emotions releases chemicals into your brain and body that neutralize your ability to think and function clearly. Although the goal here is not to eliminate emotions and control thoughts, there is so much scientific research that supports the advantages of experiencing emotions and then allowing emotions to pass through you in a balanced healthy way. Clinging to destructive emotions gives birth to all manner of negativity including depression, anxiety, stress to name a few. The use of essentials oils and aromatherapy are a gentle non-invasive method to immediately redirect the signals of the Limbic system and release destructive emotions.
The Limbic-system is a connected collection of brain parts that manage emotions and bodily functions. For example, Anger, Fear, Eating, Hunger, Thirst, Smell, Arousal, Aggression, Pleasure, Pain, Response to sensory information to name a few.
Another lovely explanation of the Limbic system is a video done by Khan University click here to watch:
- Hypothalamus– Hormone regulator & controls the Stress Response, sends signals from hormonal glands & receives information from body.
- Hippocampus– Center of short & long term, memory, recognition, learning, rewards vs punishment, focus, motor control, sense of direction,
- Amygdala– “fight or flight” control: Fear, Anxiety, Anger, Violence center
THE 72 IMMEDIATE WAYS TO BENEFITS FROM AROMATHERAPY (TODAY)
OVERCOME MENTAL & PHYSICAL FATIGUE
HELPS HEAL EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
HELP REPAIR & REPROGRAM DAMAGED DNA
RELIEF FROM ADDICTION
PROMOTES NORMAL BREATHING
HELPS CLEAR SINUSES
IMPROVES MENTAL ACUITY
PROMOTES PSYCHIC AWARENESS
STIMULATES THE CONSCIOUS MIND
HELPS ATTENTION PERFORMANCE
AMPLIFIED ANALYTIC & MENTAL ABILITY
BALANCE MASCULINE & FEMININE ENERGIES
ENHANCES SPIRITUAL ATTUNEMENT
COMBATS LOW SELF ESTEEM
HELPS CLEAR MENTAL BLOCKS
RELIEVE NEGATIVE PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
ASSISTS WITH WEIGHT LOSS & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
IMPROVES DIGESTIVE FUNCTION
INCREASED OXYGEN AVAILABILITY IN THE AIR
PRODUCE NEGATIVE IONS
RELEASE NATURAL OZONE
DESTROYS AIRBORNE GERMS & BACTERIA
ENHANCE SPIRITUAL ATTUNEMENT
PROMOTES PEACE & CONFIDENCE
SUPPORTS HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE & CHOLERSTROL LEVELS
64. SUPPORTS HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR
65. CLEANSE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
66. AIDS IN CLEANSING AND DETOXIFICATION
67. RELEASE ENDORPHINS
68. COMPLEMENTS TREATMENT OF AUTISM
69. STIMULATES THE PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
70. STIMULATES THE SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
72. COMPLEMENTS CANCER TREATMENT
BENEFIT FROM AROMATHERAPY TODAY BY TRYING IT FOR YOURSELF
Basically the inhalation of certain essential oils can help dissipate emotional negativity that would otherwise cause dis-ease and trauma. Challenge yourself to develop your own personal customized program for cleansing, balance and support. Most of these 72 experiences are created by sending chemical signals to the limbic emotional brain via essential oil compounds. The chemical composition of essential oils assists in shifting the emotional brain away from sending messages that trigger the excessive release of hormones that have a degrading affect on the body-mind.
There are several excellent books and video for using essential oils to assist your body in healing itself.
Inhalation Although the 72 benefits listed above are specifically for diffusing (inhaling) essential oils, there are a variety of ways to use essentials and benefit from the aromas. Here are a few based on this practical guide:
JACUZZI OR HOT TUB
BODY & FACE OILS
MODERN MINIMIZATION OF MENTAL HEALTH
Unfortunately in the mainstream western culture, mental-emotional-spiritual health is a bit of a joke. For some reason western mainstream medicine & academia is extremely slow, rather lazy, super ignorant and quickly dismissive about Mental-Emotional-Spiritual health. They seem to continue to regurgitate the exact same lame & tired conclusions like this article from Mayo Clinic.
- ” research on the safety and efficacy of this method is extremely limited.”
- ” essential oils used in aromatherapy aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.”
- “If you’re considering aromatherapy, consult your doctor and a trained aromatherapist about the possible risks and benefits.”
There’s no doubt that western culture’s tendency to dismiss mental-emotional-spiritual health has created a bit of an ignored, deeply repressed, societal monster. When this creature rears it’s head people have a knee jerk reaction that is still materialistic, still wanting to ignore the mental-emotional-spiritual aspects and just throw some more rules and regulations as a band aid.
Recommended reading for the additional uses and understanding the chemical science of essential oils are listed below:
THE RETURN OF ANCIENT HEALING
Hopefully in the very near future, conventional medicine, science and academia will actually decide to take a serious, open minded, curious and experimental approach to aromatherapy & the many other ancient technology modalities that has helped so many for thousands of years. Perhaps soon medicine will go back to assisting the Mind-Body-Spirit in healing itself and preventing illness. As oppose to creating illness and imbalance with the intention of charging you money to cover up symptoms of a much larger underlying issue. A beautifully accurate explanation of Holistic Medicine is described here on WebMD. The author does an amazing job detailing the benefits of stimulating the human beings natural ability to heal themselves. The American Holistic Medical Association and national expert on holistic psychiatry, Scott Shannon wrote the Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health. He states that Aromatherapy is taught as part of other curricula in Naturopathic Schools. Although some medical schools are adding some integrative & complementary departments, American Academia has yet to offer Aromatherapy as a discipline. Even though America & Canada offer certifications & diplomas in aromatherapy, professional training and apprenticeship rests in the medical schools in Europe.
IMMEDIATELY ACTIONABLE WAYS TO ASSIST THE PLANET WITH EMOTIONS
Now is the time to become mindful, aware and responsible for your present state of health, mentally-emotionally-spiritually. Start researching, studying and finding your own answers to discern what actually works for you. There are so many wonderfully effective resources and people that will assist you in the process of awakening and healing. First, take a moment several times a day and “check in” with yourself. How do you feel right now? Do you know? Are you aware of it? Do you have to think about it?
One highly effective tool to assist with this awareness is Mood Mapping. A scientific journal called Chemical Senses published a paper called Effects of Fragrance on Emotions, Moods and Physiology where the author Stephen Warrenburg explains, “One of our principal interests has been to discover whether fragrance can be used as a stress-relief agent in a consumer product. Stress is a global affliction, a fact that is not only acknowledged anecdotally, but is documented by global consumer surveys (Roper, 2003). Whether one resides in the developed or developing world, stress is a problem that reduces the quality of life for a large proportion of the world’s citizens as reported by the World Health Organization (2001). Furthermore, there is considerable evidence that stress can either directly or indirectly exacerbate a variety of illnesses and that the reduction of stress has both short- and long-term health benefits.”
Did you know the electromagnetic field of the sun, the earth and central nervous system of human beings are intertwined?
Please read or listen to an article about this recent study, Effects of Geomagnetic, Solar and Other factors on Humans . This article was written based on the study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health called the Synchronization of Human Autonomic Nervous System Rhythms with Geomagnetic Activity in Human Subjects.
The article further hypothesizes that if the Geomagnetic activity and solar activity affects the human nervous system, can humans also affect geomagnetic & solar activity? Why the hell not!
Are you ready to start using essentials oil aromatherapy to change your mind and coincidentally your life?
Here are some of the best oils to start with!
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