Let Aromatherapy Make Your Home a Sweeter & Happier Place
When I was a child, I just didn’t understand why my mom so enjoyed lighting fragrant candles and using strongly scented oils on her skin. Breathing vapors and such. She told me it just made her feel good and that was that. 🙂
Once I grew up and got some sense <smile>, it dawned on me. Scents are powerful and can change your mood for the better, even aid in natural healing for many different conditions. Then *I* starting using candles, diffusers, oils, and all that good stuff that helped me feel better. It helped me through stressful times. It made those around me in our home happier even though they didn’t always realize it.
Aromatherapy is powerful. Read this powerful excerpt from an article I read today and visit the source for even more!
My mother didn’t know that certain scents are scientifically proven to improve mood. She just loved them. Growing up, our house was always strewn with fresh-cut flowers and plants, and our garden ripe with heady herbs and spices — until she used them in the kitchen.
Those scents were integral to my fondest childhood experiences. And the powerful connection between scent and memory means smelling those fragrances now takes me back to that time and place.
Since my daughter was born, I’ve started using plants, flowers, and aromatherapy to help create a calm and soothing environment for us. It turns out, beyond simply fostering a general sense of well-being, aromatherapy can be effective in treating maladies from anxiety and depression to PTSD.
Lavender is wonderful for relaxation, and really easy to grow. You can grow it outside a window you open often, so the breeze is gently scented.
How to use it: Place essential oil on your bedside table and smell it when you’re getting ready for bed, or rub it on your temples. You can also sprinkle a few of the flowers on your comforter, or dry them and make sachets. Put these in your drawers to scent your clothes, and (bonus!) repel moths.
Wild orange is my newest discovery. It helps with digestion and has purifying properties.
How to use it: Use wild orange oil in a diffuser to create a warm, inviting home environment. You can use it as an organic household disinfectant. It’s antioxidant rich, and a drop in a glass of water is a great supplement for overall health.
Source: Mind Body Green