The Benefits of Aromatherapy
We’re another week closer to the end of the year. How have you been doing on my holiday challenge? Let me know by leaving comments on my social media, and if you haven’t read my holiday challenge article yet, check it out here.
Are any of you last-minute holiday shoppers? Need ideas for gifts? Well, what’s the best way to go about buying a gift for someone? Gifts are best when they are personalized, right? Well, what if you’re not sure how to do that, or you are simply running low on time, want to know a universal trait people share? They all have stress that needs to be relieved! One really good way to relieve that stress is with aromatherapy, or the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to soothe the mind and body.
Aromatherapy candles make wonderful gifts, and it doesn’t matter who receives them because everyone wants to relax and feel their stress alleviated. There are many health benefits to be reaped from this kind of gift, and they are appreciated by the recipients and the business you purchase them from. When you give a gift with high-quality aroma-therapeutic qualities, what you are really giving someone is a way to enjoy increased well-being.
Did you know that the olfactory senses are connected to the same part of the brain that processes emotion and memory? Scented candles can help invoke memories in the individual who uses them. The essential oils in aroma therapeutic candles are like keys that can unlock the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils, then the impression of the aroma is sent directly to the limbic system, where memories are stored and emotions are perceived. If you want to give a gift that reminds someone of a memory that is special for them, you can include candles that contain the scents of the season or perhaps give them as a reminder of a favorite time of year. In either case, when they light their candle, those memories and the feelings associated with them will be recalled. Then, as time goes by and they use the candle more, their memories associated with that candle’s scent will include you and the thoughtfulness of your gift.
When you think about it, the aromatic properties in the essential oils are a catalyst for change in the human body and mind. Inhaling those candle scents can help attain a pleasurable emotional balance, and wouldn’t you agree that a balanced emotional state is invaluable? It can have a therapeutic effect on physical problems, as well as other forms of stress.
If you plan on using aromatherapy while you mediate (or you plan on giving a gift so someone else can accomplish this) there are actually specific scents whose essential oils are more effective for this purpose. Some preferable scents include Amber and Cedarwood. Amber is derived from tree resin, and it has many health benefits, such as the ability to rejuvenate the skin, soothe a tired mind, and is also thought to enhance the energy of the heart and relieve heart palpitations…perhaps caused from living in a stressful world? Cedarwood is beneficial because it’s woody, sweet scent fits relieves stress and improves focus, and may also help with respiratory infections and treating bronchitis. Just know that if you’re going to use Cedarwood or Amber candles to enhance meditation, or for any aromatherapy, be aware of the quality of the candles you are using. Many commercial candles are manufactured with unnatural products and may actually be toxic to the body. Make sure you choose products that have organic, holistic ingredients like palm and soy wax, with natural fiber wicks.
Whatever your gift-giving agenda may be for this holiday season may be, everyone needs their stress to relieved, and aromatherapy is a wonderful solution. Remember that (it is in the giving that we receive)! Also remember to (take time for yourself) and live abundantly!