Aromatherapy in relation to anxiety, ptsd, and other nervous states


It takes an enormous push to find solace when a person is in a state of anxiousness, panic, grief, ptsd, insomnia, depression, or fear. How can I nurture myself, reflect, slow down, and become present when I am in pain? The torment may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental; they are all related. Aromatherapy offers insight through our most powerful sense - the sense of smell. How do essential oils bring forth this enlightenment? It is two fold – first we have to be open and intentional about what we are seeking. Secondly we have to trust the natural process. Plants have evolved over millions of years carrying with them the ability to adapt, communicate, and maintain life on earth. They have been our medicine and continue to provide us with healing in many traditions both allopathic and naturopathic. We are connected to plants. Our senses act as the conduit for this relationship. They are  part of the signals that direct us through our daily lives. When we breathe in aromas we are making decisions. For instance – the odor of smoke can trigger many things depending on our associations. For some it can be pleasant and comforting and for others it can trigger a traumatic event. Smell is like time traveling. There is so much information involved with the physiology of essential oils in relationship to the brain, the body, and the psyche. I would like to keep it simple and just express the profound opportunity you have for yourself or to share with others by taking a moment to be still, empty your mind, and breathe in an aroma. Calm Heart is the blend I am highlighting for its beneficial properties that pertain to the nervous system. Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), and Rose (Rosa damascena). What about people who suffer from 'Anosmia' (the inability to perceive odor)? If you can not smell - don't worry - essential oils are volatile.  When you inhale an essential oil, the molecules connect to neuroreceptor sites throughout the body via the nasal cavity and also through the skin by dermal absorption. The color of Calm Heart is blue and offers the sense of sight a beautiful visual when working with this blend. If you are into chakra balancing this is a perfect blend for the crown, throat, and heart centers.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” -Thich Nhat Hanh


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