AROMATHERAPY - LYNN CARTER
Hello everyone, my name is Lynn and I have been an aromatherapist for more than 20 years. Recently I have been running classes to demonstrate how we can use essential oils to support not only our physical wellbeing, for example using essential oils on aching muscles or for bites and stings etc but also to support our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Essential oils are volatile compounds extracted from plants, herbs, flowers and bark, they are often used by the plant or tree to fight disease or attract pollinators. They can work on our bodies in a number of ways, most commonly in an aromatherapy massage, oils are massaged into the skin and subsequenty end up in our blood stream and can support us on a cellular level. However, essential oils are often heavily scented and the olfactory bulbs at the back of our nasal cavity is directly linked to the limbic part of the brain, which is among many other things the seat of our emotions. Additionally, it is also home to our memories and this is why we often link certain smells with a particular memory.
On that basis, placing a drop of essential oil in the palm of your hands and rubbing them together and inhaling or diffusing essential oils in the home with one of the many diffusers on the market, is a really great way to bring changes to your mood.
Many of us are aware that Lavender essential oil is linked with sleep support, this is because of its high levels of a chemical called linalool which has a calming effect on the central nervous system, so this is a lovely oil to diffuse in the evenings to create a calm soothing atmosphere. However, if the floral scent is not for you Basil essential oil is also high in linalool and has calming and soothing properties.
On darker Winter days it is often common for our mood to dip too, this is when the uplifting citrus oils come into play, Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, to name a few. Diffusing these oils can have and uplifting and energising effect on our mood.
Bergamot is an incredibly unique oil known to have both calming and uplifting qualities, making it perfect for times we might be feeling anxious or stressed during the day.
For those of you working from home or home schooling staying mentally alert and focused may be a priority, in which case diffusing Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil would be helpful, for brain fog or if you’d like some help with your memory, try adding a couple of drops of Rosemary essential oil to the diffuser too.
There are many beautiful essential oils out there to explore, which can lift our mood, calm our minds and help to ease stress.
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