Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Is it possible that a scent can make you mellower and increase dramatically the relation with you and your mate? Can you calm the kids down instantly? Do you wish that you would feel and look more in control for the big meeting? Thousands of people around the world have discovered the powerful benefits of Aromatherapy. And you can do it too. With the stress involved in our way of living today, we get psychological and physiological consequences to our fragile health. We spend more of hard-earned money on over-the-counter medication or on prescriptions to help cure our little and bigger pains. The power of Aromatherapy could help you lead to a better outlook on life and keep more money in your pocket. But what is Aromatherapy exactly? Aromatherapy is the art and practice of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs to restore or enhance health, beauty and well being. Aromatic molecules interact with the tops of your nasal cavity and give the signal to the limbic system (the emotional switchboard of the brain). The limbic system is directly connected to the part that controls the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress level and hormone balance. And it works. For example, we use Vicks for our colds, sinusitis and sore throat. It contains Eucalyptus. For me, it’s the only treatment that I find effective for Bronchitis, despite antibiotics treatment.
Let’s talk about Lavender. Lavender is a multi-use oil; it has strong psychological effects and physiological cues. We find Lavender in France. That flower has a fresh, sweet, floral scent. It has a calming effect; smell it when you are stressed in the traffic, or at work, or right before an exam because Lavender has calming proprieties for panic attacks, stress, anxiety and even depression! It’s a gentle narcotic for a mental and physical strain. Some couples use Lavender base candles during giving birth to have the most calming experience, for the mother and for the newborn. Other people burn a candle on a regular basis, after a surgery to help cope with the pain. You can also do it to calm the kids in the house! Or, for an anticipated quiet night at home with your lover. Lavender is a good antibiotic for the skin. If your child has cuts and burnings, you can apply creams or lotion with enough concentration of the oil to prevent infection. It also reduces scarring.
Another good aromatic oil is Rosewood. It origins from a native tree in Brazil. It has a psychological effect on balancing, uplifting and enlivening. You can use it before an interview, or a business meeting, or even before a hot date! If you are feeling down or lack of “joie-de-vivre” this aromatic essence can change your state of mind and make you look like an enjoyable person (save on alcohol or drugs here!). Rosewood is also good to treat sensitive of aged skin because it stimulates the regeneration of the skin. You can use Aromatherapy in different forms; candles, shower gels, soap, bath mousse, diffuser, potpourri, spray for the room, etc. Whatever you feel comfortable with. You can use aromatherapy for different emotional well-being; you can treat anger, anxiety, confidence, depression, burnout, loneliness, concentration, etc. With all the chemicals that float in the air, in the water and in our food, those can produce a chemical imbalance in the brain and change our moods and alter the relation that we have with the people in our lives. The use of aromatic products is a cheap solution for better health and an happier life.
All those aromatic products can help you have a better relationship with your mate (or the opposite sex), with your business associates, at social events, in your home, etc to be able to obtain more out of life because of the uplifting attitude that you’ll get. Be careful of buying too cheap; make sure that you are buying quality products with enough concentration to get the beneficial effects.