Stressful day ahead? Is there a meeting scheduled that you do not think you can attentively sit through? A family gathering planned and that one person is coming that you know will push your buttons? How about a big test coming up and you’re afraid you won’t remember everything that you are studying?
This is where Essential Oils can help. There is an essential to fit each of these various life situations and more. But what if there is no time to make a blend to rub on your skin? What if you cannot ingest some of these oils in your tea or water? We cannot forget that breathing in these very potent oils is one of the easiest and best ways to get the medicinal goodness into to your body to start working fast.
Don’t get so wrapped up in Essential Oils healing solely from topical skin application and ingestion. Simply breathing these oils can treat a number of ailments. When you inhale the aroma of an essential oil, it travels to your lungs and into your blood stream. The aroma sends a signal directly to the Limbic System in the brain which is the center of emotions, memory and other feelings. This is why essential oils have such a powerful effect on our moods, feelings, and state of mind, not to mention the cleansing effect that it has on our lungs and the air that we breathe. Inhaling certain essential oils can also boost your immune system and combat the cold, flu, and other seasonal illnesses.
Here are a some Essential Oils that provide extreme benefit when inhaled:
- Bergamont: Reduces tension and stress with a reassuring and comforting fragrance
- Black Pepper: Promotes focus and concentration, boosts clear thinking, calms cigarette cravings
- Cedarwood: Supports general respiratory health and provides stress relief because of its renewing and calming aroma
- Cinnamon Bark: Dilute and diffuse in the air to freshen and disinfect, Stimulates sexual arousal
- Coriander: Supports hormonal gland, liver, and nervous system functions, and promotes relaxation and calmness
- Cypress: Refreshes indoor air
- Eucalyptus: Sanitizing and cleansing properties, Aids in reducing cough by applying to your chest, and Improves mental clarity
- Frankincense: Promotes visual acuity and may stabilize mood and promote relaxation
- Geranium: Helps circulatory and nervous systems and reduces stress and frustration
- Ginger: Calming relief for nausea and vomiting, and it energizes the body and mind
- Lavender: Relaxing and calming qualities and promotes restful sleep
- Lemon: Calms cough and wheezing, improves mental clarity, cleanses and freshens the air, and calms anxiety
- Nutmeg: Calms nausea and vomiting, and helps balance emotions
- Patchouli: Reduces nervous tension and promotes balanced emotions
- Peppermint: Helps ease breathing, calms nausea & morning sickness, improves memory, and boosts mental clarity and focus
- Roman Chamomile: Calms and relaxes the mind and body, Supports respiratory function, Promotes restful sleep
- Rosemary: Clarity of thought, helps with dementia and Alzheimer’s, calms extreme nausea
- Clary Sage: Promotes clear thinking, focus, and concentration, and is Excellent for meditation and spiritual practice
- Spearmint: Gently soothes away the tension, Can loosen congestion and open airways for easier breathing, Improves feelings of fatigue, and Boosts mental clarity and memory
- Sweet Fennel: Supports general respiratory health
- Tangerine: Enhances mood and energy, and Promotes alertness and mental clarity
- Thyme: Supports immune and respiratory system, strengthens nerves, helps build up memory cells, and energizes when you are physically and mentally tired
- Vetiver: Helps to relieve nervousness, Balances emotions, Improves immune health, Promotes mental clarity and focus, and Helps to relax
- Orange: Enhances mood and energy, and Promotes alertness and mental clarity
- Wintergreen: Provides relief from chest congestion and breathing problems
- Ylang Ylang: Aids in the balancing of hormones, Helps calm mood, Supports emotional and spiritual balance, Stimulates passion and sexual arousal, Energizes body and mind, and Promotes relaxation when added to your bath
Here are some inhalation tips from the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy:
Direct inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil directly from a bottle, a handkerchief or a cotton-ball. Direct inhalations are most commonly employed for the relief of emotional distress and as supportive therapy for the relief of respiratory congestion or other respiratory ailments. Direct inhalations are also used for their effect on the nervous system.
Direct palm inhalation
Direct palm inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil/s or synergy directly from the palms of your hands. Direct palm inhalations are most commonly utilized for the relief of emotional distress, to uplift and transform ones consciousness, or simply to relax and breathe. It can be used as supportive therapy for the relief of respiratory congestion or other respiratory ailments.
Direct from bottle: Create a synergy (undiluted essential oils) utilizing 3-5 essential oils and place in a small bottle. Have client waft bottle under nose while taking deep inhalations. This can be done 3-4x a day or as needed.
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