Ever wondered why the smell of rain made you feel reminiscent? Scents trigger emotions, memories, and conscious thoughts. This way they are connected with our past experiences.
We call the practice of using essential oils extracted from flowers, leaves, roots or other parts of plants aromatherapy. There are a wide number of ways to benefit from the scents of these essential oils and enhance our psychological (and physical) well-being or to stimulate our brain function. It’s so simple and yet so effective.
One rule only: If it works for you, use it!
Not all scents have the same effects on every person as smells always trigger vivid memories and emotions. Every person has his or her own preferences. Depending on what you’re looking for (stress reduce, alertness, mood enhancement, better sleep) you can experience and try to find your personal incenses.
There are a wide number of essential oils available. Each of them has its own healing properties. Let me introduce you to a few of them.
Rosemary: De-stresses and has positive effects on performance and mood.
Lavender: Promotes sleep and has a calming effect in general.
Peppermint: Increases memory and alertness.
Cinnamon: Sharpens the mind.
Lemon: Relieves stress and enhances the mood.
There are several ways you can implement aromatherapy. Most simple is adding a couple of drops to your bath or while steaming your face. Others opions are using a diffuser or adding a couple of drops in a spray bottle together with water (shake before use) and spray where ever needed. This solution is also great for cleaning your yoga mat.