All about aromatherapy for spiritual well-being, alleviation of diseases and stress reduction
Fragrances determine our life
Before we learn everything about aromatherapy for spiritual well being, I want to mention the importance of our sense of smell. It is just as essential as our sense of hearing or sight.
If on the one hand, it lets us distinguish edible from inedible, then, on the other hand, it can also warn us of various dangers. Just think of dangerous gases and fire.
There is also a direct connection from the nose to our sensations, feelings and moods. Therefore, scents and fragrances have a decisive influence on our well-being and our mental state.
For many of our actions and especially when choosing a partner, it is important whether we can smell someone or something good.
What is aromatherapy?
This is the therapeutic use of fragrances and essential oils. This application can take place both internally and externally or via inhalation. In addition to fatty vegetable oils and hydrolats, the use of essential oils is a vital component of aromatherapy.
They are used to treat diseases or generally to improve your condition. This often leads to astonishing healing success, because aromatherapy can have a targeted impact on our health. Depending on the substance used, this stimulates your organism or relaxes it, for example.
“Fragrances are like souls of flowers; you can feel them, even in the realm of shadows. ”
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French essayist and moralist
The essential oils
Essential oils have been used since ancient times. This happened and still happens today for religious purposes, where frankincense and myrrh are widely used.
They were also used for anointments, for wound treatment or as a remedy for the plague. The most common method for obtaining them from the selected plants was and is steam distillation.
Essential oils are only found in very small quantities in the respective fragrant plants. Their share is usually only one to two percent. Huge amounts of plants must, therefore, be processed to obtain the essential oils.
For the plants themselves, they serve as a means of communication, as protection against animal feed or to attract certain insects for pollination.
Effect of the essential oils on our psyche
Our sense of smell is only slightly affected by our conscious influence. This is similar to breathing, digestion, or heartbeat. The senses are directly transmitted to the limbic system of the brain via our olfactory organs.
The limbic system is the area of the brain, which is primarily responsible for processing our emotions and driving behavior. It is also responsible for the endorphin release. Endorphins are the body’s own opioids.
Thus, scents can affect our internal organs without us noticing. The smell sensations influence our moods and emotions and can thereby promote health and well-being.
The brain stores memories and scent sensations both in the same place. Therefore, whenever we perceive certain scents, this can also remind us of some past events.
Depending on the special ingredients of the essential oils, they have a stimulating or rather calming and relaxing effect.
Some promote the imagination, others promote logical, structured thinking. They can ease the way out of a depressed mood, promote inner clarity and solve fears.
Antiviral and antibiotic properties
Many essential oils have antiviral or antibiotic properties. Plants belonging to the labiate flowers (Lamiaceae) are said to have such effects.
Representatives of this plant family are, for example, rosemary, peppermint, lemon balm or oregano. Many citrus fruits also have essential oils that can prevent viruses or bacteria from multiplying.
Lemon balm, tea tree and peppermint oil have been shown to be effective against herpes simplex viruses in laboratory tests. Over 90 percent of the population carries these viruses.
They can cause the annoying blisters on the lips, nose or around the mouth of susceptible people. However, science as not yer fully clarified how and to what extent essential oils can generally be used to treat infectious diseases.
There is still some need for research here. Unfortunately, in current medicine, chemical substances or even antibiotics are used too quickly. But especially in a time of increasing resistance to conventional antibiotics, research into essential oils seems to be worthwhile.
The first aroma researchers came from France
Unfortunately, scientific research into aromatherapy has so far been a shadowy existence. Interestingly, French scientists have been at the forefront of research into the effectiveness of essential oils.
We often associate the so-called ‘savoir-vivre’ with France and mean by that a special art of living. The scents of lavender, rosemary or thyme may also remind us of a vacation in this country.
Already in the fifties of the 20th century, scientists demonstrated the antimicrobial effects of some essential oils (e.g. C. Jasper, Maruzella, A. Percival, Henry, The antimicrobial activity of essential oils, Journ. Of the Amer. Pharm.).
The French gynecologist, Maurice Girault (Maurice Girault et J. Bourgeon, Les cahiers de biothérapie, 1971) spent years researching the effects of essential oils in gynecology.
And in the 1970s, the French doctor and aromatologist, Dr. Paul Belaiche (Paris, 1979), published a work in which he listed numerous essential oils with a clearly antibiotic effect.
So-called antifungals are used to treat diseases caused by fungi – because we can, furthermore, use aromatherapy to treat fungal diseases.
We attribute the mode of action of essential oils to their ability to penetrate the cell membrane of the microorganisms.
In this way the metabolism of these organisms can be influenced. It is also believed today that essential oils in humans can change the immune response. This then prevents the microorganisms from multiplying.
Use of essential oils
Essential oils for everyday use
There is nothing wrong with self-medication with aromatherapy. However, according to the applicable laws, the professional or commercial practice of medicine is only reserved for licensed doctors.
In certain countries, therapists with a naturopath’s license can also heal commercially. And these restrictions also apply to alternative healing methods such as aromatherapy. But the emphasis here is on professional or commercial practice.
I think private self-use is definitely recommended. With the appropriate books, the knowledge required for this can be acquired very quickly. The big corporations and their political lobbyists don’t like to see that.
Rather, they aim to make people totally dependent on the acquisition of their profitable chemical substances. The same applies to homeopathic medicines.
Nevertheless, you should always consult a doctor or experienced alternative practitioner in the event of serious illnesses or infections.
You can heal with essential oils, use them for body care or for the production of care products. There are essential oils that even repel mosquitoes or other insects.
In addition, you can design your rooms so fragrant that you feel completely comfortable. And if you feel comfortable, your soul thrives.
You can even cook or clean with essential oils. Our digestive system is extremely receptive to scents. That is why the scented plants are mostly used directly in the dishes as spices or herbs.
So they often let our mouths water. They stimulate the appetite and the production of gastric juices and support the digestive processes.
Use of essential oils in personal care
The so-called aroma care takes place from a holistic view of the human being as a unity of body, mind and soul. It makes use of the healing powers of the plants, whereby the fragrant plant essences with their natural ingredients have a beneficial and health-promoting effect.
They improve the complexion of the treated person, relieve pain and make breathing easier. This also neutralizes bad smells and kills germs to a large extent.
Therefore, the aroma care is extremely beneficial, both physically and psychologically, both for those to be cared for and for the caregiver themselves.
Pay attention to quality when buying
If we want to buy essential oils, then it is worth choosing those with high quality from wild collections or controlled organic cultivation.
If the oils come from conventional cultivation, there can sometimes be a heavy load of crop protection agents and/or fillers.
In nature, each plant chooses its own, cheapest location. Thus, essential oils based on plants from wild collections are the most effective.
Most of the wild plants are also carefully harvested by hand. For this purpose, the employees of the established companies also pay attention to the preservation of the inventory, i.e. to the responsible handling of nature.
Do you like aromatherapy for spiritual well-being and essential oils? If so, which ones are your favorites and how do you integrate them into your daily lives? Let me know an=bout it in a comment below; I’m always looking forward to reading from you.
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