Updated: Jun 27, 2022
Humans have been aware of the importance of scent since ancient times, and science is now proving what we have always known: with about 300 active olfactory receptor genes devoted to detecting thousands of different fragrances, we can use our nose to consistently improve our wellbeing. In traditional medicine as well as in aromatherapy and herbal medicine, aromatic oils have been used for the treatment of various physiological and physical disorders such as headache, pain, insomnia, eczema, stress-induced anxiety, depression, and digestive problems (just to name a few). There are several methods available to administer small quantities of those concentrated fragrances, including inhalation, massage, simple application in the skin surface and, sometimes, ingestion.
These aromas stimulate the nervous system and re-balance areas of the body affected by physical and/or mental stress. Those oils are absorbed into the bloodstream enhancing cell renewal, circulation and detoxification. At the same time, those same aromas act on the deepest parts of our brains to enhance mood and emotions. Rich in botanical activity and antioxidants, plant oils work at a cellular level to keep your body healthy and strong.
So, what exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are concentrated compounds made of plants, with a number of unique fragrances and healing properties. Some of the most common oils (which you may have already heard about) are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Tea Tree, etc. But there is a plethora of different fragrances. Essential oils become even more powerful when they are part of a personalized protocol that combines different compounds to meet your individual needs.
However, it is critical that you understand that not all essential oils are created equal. As someone who has been using essential oils for over a decade, I have learned the hard way that there are a large number of brands with subpar quality, which could end up being harmful for you. Those low-quality oils have a higher chance of causing side effects, including irritation in the lungs, allergies, and even worsening the symptoms you are trying to treat. Since I am passionate about this topic, the best advice I can give you is to talk to a reliable person before using the oils or if you prefer, feel free to email me in case you have questions on this topic and I can share my knowledge in the area with you. I know for a fact that you can have a huge impact on your quality of life if you use essential oils made of the purest ingredients, and I would be delighted to help you do so.
Enjoy the beautiful smell of summer break! ;-)