Spring is in the air, as are all the beautiful scents that nature unleashes this time ofyear.
Ayurveda uses all five senses—taste, smell, touch, sight and sound—to help restore balance to an individual. One of the most popular ways to rebalance, however, is through the sense of smell.
Aromatherapy relies upon essential oils and other plant compounds to enhance mood and health. Christian Nordqvist, in an article published on www.medicalnewstoday.com, states that “the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell – the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released, which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated….” Laura Smith and Yael Alkalay add in a blog published on www.redflower.com, “smells can trigger the production of neurochemicals that can alter moods. The release of serotonin calms the mind and body, while endorphins can feel uplifting. It is this connection between aromatic essences and the physical and psychological effects that define aromatherapy.”
Essential oils can do more than just modify mood, however. Many plant EOs have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that make them perfect for treating cuts, scratches and scrapes. They also help detoxify the body, fight hay fever, allergies, headaches, mental fogginess, muscle stiffness, nasal congestion and stuffiness and improve sleep. Here are some of the best essential oils for combatting any of these symptoms typically associated with the Spring allergy season.
The aim of aromatherapy, according to Smith and Alkalay, “is to enhance the individual’s innate healing process by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and stabilize itself. Each oil delivers its own therapeutic effects.”
Whether you use essential oils in scrubs for exfoliation and detoxification, in a warm bath or massage oil for renewal or relaxation, in diffusers or inhalers either for mental clarity or relaxation before bed or in lotions and salves for topical use, incorporating the benefits of the beautiful frequencies of various Spring flowers into your daily routine in some fashion can provide numerous health advantages.
Experiment with the essential oils on this comprehensive list to help renew and uplift you this Spring. If you would like assistance in identifying the best scents and delivery method for you, contact a knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner or aromatherapist. Please read all labels clearly as essential oils are potent and can be harmful if used improperly.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concerns, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for an appointment. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.