Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Well-Being

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There is an art to living well. We use our senses to help us make our journey more enjoyable and pleasurable. Aromatherapy is not only an art, but also a science of using specific essential oils, the extracts from plants and flowers, to enhance our health and well-being. Nature has provided for us in yet another wonderful manner to be well in our stressed world. Have you ever taken a walk or spent time in your backyard to capture the scent of a blooming flower and it immediately lifted your mood or caused a smile? Flower power in full bloom, magically infusing our world with beauty and scent, mystery and exotic, sensual pleasures.

Along the back of my yard is a fence with both jasmine and the passion flower. I cannot tell you how many times it has felt like heaven is in my backyard. It is a glorious scent and jasmine is known as the 'perfume of love'. It's scent is known to promote a sense of optimism and well-being. After a crazy day out in the work world, jasmine can help to soothe away the tension and stress in our minds. The very exotic passion flower has a rather elegant scientific name; passiflora incarnata. This beautiful flower's essence is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Scientists believe that it works by increasing levels of a the chemical, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GBA) in the brain, which helps to promote relaxation by lowering the brain activity of some cells. For myself, it helps to promote peace and serenity.


"The body cannot be cured without regard for the soul".   Socrates

"Earth laughs in flowers".  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way".  Aristotle

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy uses the extracts from the plants and flowers as essential oils, which have unique chemical compositions consisting of hormones, botanical vitamins and antibiotics. These oils are found in the flowers, leaves, resins, seeds, roots and grasses. Some plants produce more than one oil, but in many plants, it requires a great amount of raw material to produce even a small amount of essential oil. To produce one ounce of rose oil, it requires sixty thousand rose petals! (An Introduction to Aromatherapy; Susan Blake)

These oils work in a holistic manner, helping us not only physically, but mentally as well. Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways and are pleasant to use, no terrible side effects as is common with certain medications. They can be used directly on the skin, with massages, baths, foot baths, hot and cold compresses, perfumes. They can also be used in a diffuser and atomizer. Also they are great for facial steaming and inhalation. The key is learning which oils promote the benefits you desire. Below I will cover some of the essential oils used specifically for well-being.

The practice of the art of aromatherapy was elevated to a way of life in ancient Egypt. They used it for not only physical well-being, but also spiritually in their practice of embalming with resins from myrrh, clove and cinammon. Even thousands of years later, traces of these resins have been found!

The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, recommended daily aromatic bathes and massages to enhance health and feelings of happiness. Are you ready to book that massage? Let's see which essential oils we need for our daily 'happiness' rituals.


Lovely Lavender
Lovely Lavender

Flower Power for Well-Being

We live in a stressful world.  All of us can benefit from more stress and tension relieving methods.  Let's bring on the flowers!  The most effective methods to promote well-being come with touch and heat, such as a bath or a massage.  Those nice purse size atomizers are nice also for a quick spritz during the day.  Essential oils can be directly added to bathwater or you can dilute a few drops with a bath oil base. Baths are great with the combined benefits of hot water and steam, in which the oils can be absorbed through the skin and inhaled at the same time.  Massages feel amazing and are a great way to apply the oils directly onto the skin.  Here are some of the relaxing oils.

  • lavender- headaches and migraines respond well to its soothing effect on the nervous system. blends well with eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, ylang ylang, lemon, tangerine.
  • basil- a balancing oil which helps to relax and stimulate the nervous system helping to reduce stress and anxiety. blends well with bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass.
  • bergamot- a balancing oil which soothes and invigorates the nervous system, helps to relieve depression and anxiety.  blends well with all citrus oils, frankincense, lavender.
  • cedarwood- helps to uplift, soothe, boost confidence, calm the nervous system.  blends well with cypress, juniper berry, rose, patchouli, jasmine, sandalwood.
  • chamomile- a gentle herb safe enough for children to help reduce over activity, tantrums. helps calm the nervous system, insomnia.  blends well with patchouli, lavender, jasmine, geranium, rose, lemon.
  • marjoram- very effective for soothing massages or for relief of muscle aches and pains.  acts as a natural sedative, helpful with insomnia.  blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary.
  • neroli- a very precious oil, more expensive.  deeply relaxing and uplifting and treats trauma and hysteria.  blends well with frankincense, patchouli, rose, lemon, orange.
  • petitgrain- promotes relaxation, calm, relieves anxiety, stress reliever.  blends well with orange, lemon, bergamot, mandarin, rose, clary sage, ylang ylang, chamomile.
  • rose- the 'queen of flowers', encourages tender feelings, contentment, helps relieve PMS, menopausal problems, depression, irritability, sadness.  blends well with frankincense, geranium, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang, ylang.



Relaxing Conclusion

Aromatherapy can be very therapeutic and relaxing. It can help to enhance our lives and bring about well- being in the comfort of our own home. As with anything that can alter a mood or come into contact with our skin, it is best to use trial and error and contact a physician if there are any questions or concerns. It is always best to consult with a physician if there is recurring stress in your life. I hope this article has helped you understand which essential oils can help to bring calm and serenity to your life. Wishing you the very best on your journey.

Lemongrass

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What an intoxicating Hub rebekah. I grow spanish lavender in my front garden (it likes Hotlanta) and tea olive (osmanthus fragrans) in my little back garden. Both of those fragrances can change my entire attitude from being down to being uplifted. And I second the motion..Chamomille tea is the best thing to help you relax, especially before bedtime. Thanks for all the great info.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very nice hub on Aromatherapy. There are so many fragrances but you named some of the nicest ones with its intended effect. Good hub.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Ms. Rebekahelle, with baths, it is very soothing, hmm, am tird tonight, I can use a warm soothing bath with lavender. I always like it when you put some history on it like it was used in Egypt and Hippocartes recommended it. Your hub smells good, refreshing, easy read! Good night, Maita


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

@green, thanks so much! always nice to see you. the spanish lavender sounds so beautiful in your front yard. I'm not familiar with tea olive... hmm. I can't wait until it warms up just a little bit more to get out and start working in the garden again. I lost some plants this winter.

aromatherapy, isn't it a great topic?? after writing, now I want to buy myself more oils. they even work on dogs also!


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

@pamela, thanks you for your nice comments. as I was writing, I could smell these scents in my mind! so nice to know they are of benefit to us. :)

@maita, nice to see your smiling face. thanks so much for reading and leaving your comment. I hope you were able to relax tonight with a nice aromatic bath! I relaxed with a glass of wine watching Bridget Jones Diary for the umpteenth time! :) girls just want to have fun.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

A very well done hub, and an awesome introduction to aromatherapy...I've got to break out the incense holder again, me thinks.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

hey lxxy, nice to see you. I saw you have a new hub and I'll be there soon to read it, looks interesting! hey, I have the sandlewood candle lit tonight! enjoy the incense. :] maybe bring out the lava lamp too. ;}


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

lavender has to be my favorite essential oil. Since I keep migranes, it really works well to soothe and calm my nerves.


lisa 6 years ago

Great article. Personally I use a lot of Tea Tree for many, many things. I am a firm believer in what ever life throws at us nature has a cure for. Much knowledge has been lost but is now being refound.

thanks again for highlight the great beneficial effects of natural oil remedies.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Lavalamp. Check. Sage...check. Groovy music...done. Black light...ahhh man, that sucks. Oh well, I don't even have any UV reactive posters. But I coulda swore I got that stain out.. ;)

Always a pleasure..and never feel coerced into reading my fare. I do enjoy hopping around from hub to hub, as time permits.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

always a pleasure to read you lxxy, I certainly didn't feel coerced, I saw it on the hub feed and wanted to read it! I no longer have a black lights poster either, but if you check out my happiness hub, you'll see I used to have one! enjoy your day over there on the other coast. :]


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

I need to seriously consider the one for anxiety and stress :) I use a lot of things that carry the scent of lavender, to help relax me (and the kids).

The sense of smell is powerful-can relax or reassure you as well as bring back memories and excite you. I remember when the scent of baby powder was relaxing- now it tends to make me think of dirty diapers, lol.

Thanks for this great hub- I want to go burn some candles or oils now :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I am a big Lavender fan, jeeez I wouldn't have a bath without it !


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks h.c., I use lavender often, every night before I get in bed I give myself a spritz and over my bed. it's so relaxing. I still like the scent of baby powder and now they add lavender and chamomile to baby bath products. hope you've been burning some candles.

hey tatooguy, nice to see you. and so nice to hear about your bathing rituals! it is so relaxing, isn't it? nice avatar. :]


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Wow, a really terrific hub and so very well written. I love aromatherapy. I use essential oils in my diffuser. I love my lavender eye pillow and once made some cream with the chamomile that I grew in my garden.

You have named some of my favorite herbs.

Great Job!

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Ms Rebekkahelle, there is a soothing flower named jasmin -- Philippines national flower, but then it is little bit expensive hehe like Ylang Ylang-- CHanel no. 5 - another Philippine flower. I came to drop by here again to see this sweet smelling hub and greeting you a Happy weekend< Maita


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks sage! I enjoyed writing on this topic a lot. a lavender eye pillow sounds so soothing. wow, you made your own chamomile cream. I love the smell and taste of chamomile.

it's rewarding to grow the herb and use it. :)

thank you maita! always a pleasure to see you here. jasmine is the national flower of Philippines? I didn't know that. I imagine they must be very heavenly scented islands. I think it's fun to see what extracts of flowers and herbs go into a perfume! off to enjoy the florida sunshine. happy weekend for you also. :]


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share your thought about aromatherapy. and it work for me. I usually use lavender. It really makes me calm and relax. I hope we always healthy. have a nice day!


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fiona_33 6 years ago from UK

Great hub about aromatherapy - very informative.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada

So much great information. You really out did yourself on this hub.

My wife and I read it together and she too says great job.

Anyways the hub is now listed in my blog.

Cheers

Dale


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks prasetio! so nice to see you here. I like to hear that men are also enjoying the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy.

nature made for humans, yes? enjoy!! and thank for your very nice comment. :)

hi fiona, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I aim to please, so I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment!

nice to see you dale! thank for reading and leaving such a wonderful compliment. and thanks to your wife also. it's such a yummy topic, I couldn't resist. :] cheers to you as well!


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Aromatherapy is great. My partner and I very frequently light up all different types of incense and keep them burning between our huge living and dining room. We especially love Lavender and Sandlewood, yet there are so many fragrances. It's so relaxing and helps calm the soul. Thanks for the share loved it all:0)


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks Putz and saddlerider! I also love lavender and sandlewood. lavender is just so earthy and fragrant, sandlewood is so exotic.. your home must smell divine.

a tranquil setting.


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Lucky621 6 years ago from The Sunshine State

Excellent! I haven't purchased oils in quite a few years - this hub is a nice reminder to buy some this week. Thanks for the great hub!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

lanix, thanks for the comment and I would be happy to approve it without an outgoing link. essential oils do help in so many ways!


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Rmichelow 5 years ago

Rebekah- totally well written story- love Jasmine. Yes aromatherapy can be great but I would venture to add there can be side effects such as allergies and some intereactions and times not to use certain oils. There can be contraindications. Keep on blogging!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Thank you for the well written hub! I also love essential oils and also use them therapeutically. As far as fragrance, ylang ylang is my absolute favorite and lavendar is a great oil for general use, besides its relaxation properties. Voted up and awesome!


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

Great information here. I love essential oils very much. Aromatherapy has so many health benefits. Voted interesting and useful.

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