Aromatherapy is an ancient practice for health and vitality.
The Science of Stopping to Smell the Roses
When used as a tired idiom to combat stress, hearing “stop and smell the roses” from a well-meaning friend can be annoying. Intuitively, we know that slowing down and practicing gratitude for simple pleasures is at the heart of a happy life. But in practice… it’s hard. And even harder to believe that a daily whiff of geranium oil will cure the sciatica, depression, or __ (fill-in-the-blank) that’s keeping you down. But with any holistic modality, an open mind is the first requirement on the path to feeling better. In Colorado, a wide range of herbalists, estheticians, and massage therapists offer services with aromatherapy to promote optimal health.
When experimenting at home, it’s important to remember that essential oils are incredibly potent and should only be used as suggested by the manufacturer. But with a wide range of applications, anyone can add essential oils to their life without booking an appointment. Could your digestive system use a tune-up? Try adding ginger, peppermint, and fennel to your daily regime. Essential oils can be applied topically when using a carrier oil such as almond or sesame, rubbed on the soles of your feet, or absorbed aromatically through a diffuser. Even easier, try adding few drops to your next hot bath or rub a few drops into your hands before covering your face and breathing deeply.
Curious to learn more? The Institute for Integrative Aromatherapy in Boulder offers an aromatherapy certification program as well as seminars and workshops. Visit RESOURCESFORLIVINGWELL.COM to learn more.