Plant-based oils are gaining traction as a valid source of emotional and mental wellness. However, the application of oils for natural treatment has been around for nearly 6,000 years by ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans using essential oils in cosmetics and perfumes, and for spiritual and therapeutic regimens.
When you inhale the aroma of essential oils, the oil molecules stimulate parts of the brain which create feelings of relaxation, calmness, and acts as a stress reducer. Dawn E. Sherdrick, LCSW-R provided lavender oil to a client who was having a panic attack during a session. As the client inhaled the scent of lavender, her body and mind relaxed, nullifying the attack. Due to the natural healing compounds of essential oils, sectors ranging from yoga, massage therapy, and mental health practitioners have begun utilizing aromatherapy as part of their healing techniques.
Below are some frequently selected oils administered topically or aromatically in aromatherapy practice:
- Lavender is used in relieving stress, promoting calmness and mindfulness.
- Eucalyptus may help lessen a migraine and aid in respiratory issues.
- Chamomile is commonly used in massage therapy to relieve muscle discomfort.
- Bergamot promotes the body and mind to experience increased tranquility.
- Lemon bolsters awareness and a positive mindset with its fresh and clean scent.
The use of plant-based oils for physical, mental and spiritual wellness is practical for everyone, and anyone with the guidance of a therapist, a spiritual teacher or for personal use at the home to create an uplifting atmosphere.