Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds to enhance psychological and physical well-being by activating your sense of smell. These plant compounds contain the vibrational energy of the plants and have the therapeutic ability to strengthen our immune system and to stimulate our body’s natural healing abilities. Aromatherapy is not only used as a healing technique but also a beneficial way to unwind, to sooth and to calm the mind and body. Here are my favorite ways to stimulate my sense of smell to delve into tranquility.
Incense which is a gum, spice or biotic/plant material, is burned for the sweet smell it produces through its smoke. Many yoga studios and meditation classes burn incense during practice to help ease you in to the present moment and sink into a relaxation. You can select from a wide range of specific incense scents, as well as select ones infused with a specific intention or purpose. They make incenese specific to each Chakra, incense to enhance abundance, to clear negative energy, for luck and good fortune, the list could go on and on. The vibrations and energy can be felt as the aromatic smoke diffuses through the air and into your senses. Burning sage, or smudging, is another way to clear the air for relaxation. This sacred spiritual tradition has been performed by Native Americans for centuries to purify and cleanse both yourself and your space, as well as to ward off evil spirits (not to mention its amazing soothing scent). Burning scented candles is another way to diffuse smokey goodness into the air and reset your mood.
Essential oils are aromatic liquids that develop naturally in various parts of plants, flowers, fruits, woods, herbs and spices. Essential oils contain the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted and are typically obtained through distillation. Therapeutic essential oils can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water infusion to stimulate a desired response. They can be used for a number of purposes. For example, lavender oil is great for balancing your mood, relieving stress, and helping you sleep or helping at times of insomnia and peppermint is a natural energy booster, so its great for putting some pep back into your step if you’re feeling at all stagnant or tired.
I have recently come across an amazing, Ayurvedic, product line of aromatherapy essential oil blends from, NeeluKaur. In the science of Ayurveda, the belief is that it is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type (what they refer to as our dosha) and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature. [Keep an eye out as I am currently working on a piece detailing the science of Ayurveda and explaining each dosha type.] NeeluKaur’s line of essential oils contains a blend specific to speaking to each of the three doshas as well as two tridoshic blends (a blend that assists with balancing all three doshas at once). “These are not just fragrances; these are scents with purpose: personal organic therapeutic aromatherapy locally made in Forest Hills, NY.”
My favorite form of aromatherapy comes from, Spiritual Kindling, in the form of a sage bomb. Sage Bombs are an aromatic stimulant that come in the form of little sacks filled with dry California sage (they also come in a sage and lavender blend). They can be used to help relieve stress and anxiety or encourage serenity and calmness by simply holding it to your nose and inhaling deeply. I always have a sage bomb on me in my purse and one next to my bed, but they can also be hung in your car, put in dresser drawers. They can also be used for sending a dream, wish or desire into the universe, by throwing it along with your intention, into the fire pit with your kindling for that extra bit of magic!
All of these aromatherapy remedies assist soothing calmness and can help raise your vibrations when they are low, or when you want to rise to a more conscious state of well-being. Your nose knows, trust how your sense of smell can help guide your mood and feelings to a better state.
peace and namaste, irie soul Xx