The Lord of Scents: A Return to Natural Healing
Are you like me? Often times, I think aromatherapy is only thought of for making our home smell nice or to enrich our luxurious spa experiences. However smells can be really used as a medicinal fashion with proven healing benefits.
When we are exposed to an aroma, tolecules are exposed to our olfactory epithelium, our nasal receptors. The transmission of this signal from the exposure of the fragrance molecule to our brain leads to interpretation of the scent in our brain centers, which involve memory, sensory perception, general processing center, and to a gland in our brain that mediates chemical secretion into our blood and other parts of our brain, just to name a few effects. With such intricacy of neuro-processing involved in our body’s interpretation of a fragrance, it’s no wonder that many patients eventually become staunch supporters of using aromatherapy to help them with a variety of daily health concerns.
In an effort to help you get started on this healing art, I will address a few common aromas for a few common health complaints. In order to simplify the listing of various fragrances for various health concerns, I will list the health concern separately and list some options for you to try in the store to see which one your body and mind resonate the most with in bringing you relief.
Anxiety: lavender, melissa, myrrh, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cypress, frankincense, rose, pine, vanilla, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, and orange/lime.
Depression: lemon, marjoram, neroli, peppermint, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, angelica, bergamot, cedarwood, jasmine, lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, and clary sage.
Insomnia: lavendar, valerian, vetevier, chamomile, sandalwood, gardenia tahitensis, lemon, candelila cera, patchouli, and vanilla.
Headaches: basil, chamomile, mandarin, cinnamon, ginger, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon grass, melissa, marjoram, peppermint, thyme, ylang ylang, and clary sage.
Lung/sinus congestion: angelica, basil, cedarwood, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, hyssop, juniper, rosemary, tea tree, and marjoram.
Indigestion: lavender, juniper, lemon grass, lemon verbena, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, anise, fennel, ginger, and basil.
Menstrual cramps: angelica, basil, caraway, chamomile, ginger, clary sage, lavender, rose, rosemary, and sage.
Muscle soreness: cocus nucifera, caraway, black pepper, arnica, chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, geranium, juniper, lemon grass, lemon verbena, rosemary, sandalwood, patchouli and myrtle.
These are just some examples of potential fragrances or essential oils that may help with various health concerns and so are by no means the only options you have in regards to aromatherapy healing