Essential oils can be your magic elixir for stress, sleep and heightened focus
By Sonia Rao
SCENT OF A FLOWER
- If perfume ads are to be believed, it turns the user into an irresistible, magnet attracting people (or that certain someone) like flies to honey.
- Ever got an unexpected whiff of, say freshly baked cookies, and that triggered a host of strong memories from childhood?
- Or, a stenchy room freshener at work that totally screwed up your concentration and took you a long time to bring your focus back to your work?
The common factor in all the above is scent. Studies have shown that the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. But at the same time, it is also known to have a strong immediate effect on one’s emotions, e.g. certain smells are known to help students do well in their tests (without negating the necessity of being academically prepped for them).
Aromatherapy is the science of using these characteristics of smell through the medium of essential oils, for physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. This ancient art has travelled through China, Egypt and India, getting perfected along the way.
Essential oils are the highly concentrated ‘essence’ of the aromatic plants they are extracted from. They are mixed in a carrier oil for use. Today, essential oils are being used for the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Here are 3 very popular, must-have essential oils for your wellbeing kit:
STRESSED OUT, CAN’T SLEEP? SNIFF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL!
Extracted from flowers of the lavender plant, Lavender oil is very effective for treating stress-related issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia. It’s also great for burns and cuts, dryness and even dandruff (rub a few drops into your scalp)
Rub your hands with a few drops of this oil and inhale the wonderful scent or put a few drops on your pillow for a deep, restful sleep.
LOVELIFE, MEH? ROSE OIL (AKA OIL OF DIVINE LOVE) COMES TO THE RESCUE!
When the attraction begins to fade away in a long-term relationship and dullness deadens the soul, Rose essential oil can bring back the zing. Extracted from rose petals, this oil is an aphrodisiac (it supports blood flow to the nether regions) and its sensual fragrance is emotionally uplifting.
Mix a few drops of rose essential oil to a carrier oil and use as a sensual massage oil, or diffuse throughout the bedroom and get the action going.
LOSING FOCUS? GET ON POINT WITH ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
Get fatigue, dulled creativity and loss of concentration out of the way as you get on the fast track of enhanced productivity and memory power with Rosemary essential oil.
Use it in a diffuser and let the entire office enjoy the renewal of energy. Get a body massage with this oil to increase your personal effectiveness.
*essential oils should be only used under supervision during pregnancy
Sonia Rao is the Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul.