Healing from the Earth
“The wish for healing has always been half of health.”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Though health has always been a relevant topic in some form or another, there has certainly been a rise in health consciousness within the last few years. There are so many new findings that it makes it nearly impossible to decide what we should stay away from and what is safe and actually healthy. Vitamins, supplements, organic, soy, gluten-free, sugar free, no preservatives added, and so on and so forth are subjects we currently hear on a regular basis in relationship to health. What about Essential Oil Therapy?
Essential Oil Therapy may not be a term you recognize, but aromatherapy certainly is. Aromatherapy is simply using natural extracted essences from plants to promote mental, physical, and emotional health. The National Association for Aromatherapy says “[Aromatherapy] seeks to unify physiological, psychological, and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.”
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to promote health. A popular form is to mix an essential oil with a carrier oil, such as vegetable, or other herbal oils to create a massage/body oil. Generally, body oils are used to reduce stress and anxiety, provide pain relief, release inflammation, enhance immunity, and assist with relieving muscular and joint aches. You can also place a few drops of essential oils in an unscented body lotion to help enhance the healing of a wound, reduce the appearance of scars, detoxify your skin, and even help with emotional issues.
Many people use essential oils in an oil burner or create aromatic sprays. Commonly, these methods are used as an air freshener, to enhance breathing, change the mood or energy in a particular space, help with insomnia or other sleep disorders, and increase alertness. There are many other ways to use aromatherapy to enhance your healing capabilities naturally such as steam inhalation and diffusers. For further information on how to safely start your aromatherapy journey, visit www.naha.org. At the Open Mind Center, we have a variety of essential oils, oil burners, books, and even classes. We invite you to come in and explore the healing miracles of Essential Oil Therapy.