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5 Essential Oils to Enliven Your Focus, Lift Your Spirits & Enhance Your Wellbeing!

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Improving Focus, Clarity and Creating a Sense of Wellbeing!

You may already be familiar with the therapeutic properties of Essential oils, each one carrying its own unique benefit.

Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for many cosmetic and health purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Any time you hold a bottle of pure essential oil, you are holding nature’s pure essence and the uses for essential oils in health and emotional wellbeing, are vast and diverse.

Essential oils carry the essence of the plants in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea and oils can be up to 70x more potent than their dried herbal form). They can be used or applied in a multitude of ways and combinations to bring powerful results to your tasks, atmosphere, and bodies.

All essential oils are made up of various chemical constituents  with impressive qualities. In addition, they transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances and restorative natures, making them impactful on our brain chemistry and emotional well-being. Fragrances are strongly connected to our emotions and memories as our scent receptors are located next to the emotional centers in our brain, the amygdala and hippocampus.

Researchers believe that certain fragrances can help trigger calming or peaceful feelings, resulting in overall reduction in stress and healing. Also, essential oils may interact with certain hormones, neurotransmitters, or enzymes, resulting in specific changes to the body chemistry.

Many of us are stressed out and overwhelmed with so many daily demands that having just a moment of peace and harmony would really help improve our lives. Are you looking for an increase in a sense of calmness and greater mental clarity in your day to day life?

Essential oils have been shown to helpful for stress management and relaxation, both in the workplace and at home!

Here’s 5 Essential Oils to Enliven Your Focus, Lift Your Spirits & Enhance Your Wellbeing!

Bergamot

More than just offering a familiar scent or flavour, bergamot oil is bursting with a powerhouse of benefits. Where might you have tasted or smelled this before? The inclusion of bergamot essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Grey Tea!

Bergamot oil boasts of powerful antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and soothing effects. The components of Bergamot Oil, like Alpha Pinene and Limonene, are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. They create a feeling of freshness, joy and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving the circulation of the blood.

Reduces anxiety and stress  – Bergamot is one of the more relaxing and balancing oils. It relieves nervous tension, anxiety, depression, and emotional instability. It can also be used in a bath or in a diffuser to dispel tensions.

Studies have shown when used in aromatherapy preparations, bergamot oil can lessen stress and anxiety levels of patients prior to surgery.

 Orange

Ahh that smell of an Orange being ‘zested’!  The strong taste and aroma that come from the oils are exactly what’s concentrated in orange essential oil.

Orange oil is extensively utilized in aromatherapy as it helps soothe tensed muscles as well as depression. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, and diuretic properties. It even helps in treating erectile problems, impotence, and decreased libido. The oil can also heal wounds to prevent any fungal or septic infection while disinfecting the lesion.

Orange essential oil has a direct effect on the olfactory system of the brain that quickly evokes emotional responses. Orange essence gives us a feeling of warmth and happiness and can lift our spirits and help us to feel relaxed and balanced. It’s a great essential oil for balancing hormones since it can help turn off reactions from stress hormones like cortisol. Research shows that orange oil is both ‘uplifting’ and ‘calming’, making it a great oil for brightening your mood in the morning or calming your nerves after a long day.

Mood Booster – It aids in relieving anxiety, anger, and depression. The orange promotes a feeling of happiness and warmth when used in aromatherapyDiffusing orange oil in your home or in a blend, adding some to your shower wash or perfume, or inhaling it directly can lift your mood and bring on relaxation.

Lemon

There’s over 500 scientific studies referring to lemon essential oils! Lemon is best known for it’s ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage and rejuvenate energy.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils.

One study evaluated how lemon aromatherapy affects pregnant women during bouts of nausea and vomiting. Astoundingly, of the 100 women that participated in the study, reports of symptoms dramatically decreased just after 2 days compared to the placebo group. After 4 days the essential oil group experienced an average of 33% decrease in nausea and vomiting!

Another study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oils improved neurological activity that promotes the breakdown of body fat.

Improves Mood – Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and fight depression. Researchers have also observed that depleted dopamine levels were improved which helps people overcome addictions and improves mood to fight depression.

Psychologically, the lemon scent lifts the spirits and aids in mental fatigue. When burned in an aroma lamp or diffuser, it can help in increasing memory and concentration and is essential to have around during exam time. It is said to aid in decision making and when seeking clarity, especially during psychological turmoil. Because of its calming yet invigorating ability it works well with anxiety and nervousness and allows the body to be at rest whilst remaining alert.

Indian sandalwood

Sandalwood essential oil can help you achieve more clarity and calmness due to its extensive therapeutic benefits. This special essential oil doesn’t just have an amazing scent, sandalwood can also have an effect on overall well-being and mental health, along with many other surprising healing properties.

Sandalwood oil is perhaps best known in the west as a sweet, warm, rich and woody essential oil used as is for a body fragrance, and as an ingredient in fragrant products such as incense, perfumes, aftershaves and other cosmetics.

But the story of sandalwood, goes much further. Sandalwood has been a part of the religious and spiritual traditions of India since prehistory and has been effectively used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Some benefits for mood and focus . . .

Mental clarity – One of the primary sandalwood benefits I that it promotes mental clarity when used in aromatherapy applications. This is why it is frequently used for meditation, prayer, or other spiritual rituals.

A 2006 study evaluated the effect of sandalwood oil on attention and arousal levels. Those who received the sandalwood oil, when compared to control subjects, felt more mentally aware and demonstrated behaviors linked to increased attention and cognitive clarity. Try inhaling some sandalwood oil next time you have a big deadline that requires mental focus, but you still want to remain calm during the process.

Relaxing and calming – Not only is sandalwood beneficial for mental clarity, it also helps to create a feeling of relaxation and peace. The 2006 study discussed above found that although sandalwood was relaxing when smelled or rubbed on the skin, it did not promote drowsiness like lavender. Instead, it promoted what researchers referred to as a harmonious feeling, more of a present, clear, but calm awareness.

Another study, published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, found that patients who were receiving palliative care felt much more relaxed and less anxious when they received aromatherapy with sandalwood prior to receiving care, when compared to patients who did not receive sandalwood.

Memory booster – Since one of sandalwood’s benefits is clarity, it also can work as a memory booster. It is difficult to remember important things when we are overwhelmed and stressed out, therefore using sandalwood oil to promote mental clarity can help improve memory.

Natural aphrodisiac – Sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac that can help increase libido, especially for men and provide energy.  Sandalwood is great when added to a massage oil or topical lotion.

Helichrysum

Modern science now confirms what traditional populations have known for centuries: Helichrysum essential oil contains special properties that make it an antioxidant, an antibacterial, an antifungal and an anti-inflammatory!

As such, it can be used in dozens of different ways to boost health and ward off disease. Some of its most popular uses are for treating wounds, infections, digestive problems, supporting the nervous system and heart health, and healing respiratory conditions.

Helichrysum, in aromatherapy, is a great cleanser and detoxifier. In the liver, it aids in purification of the blood and acts as a support to the gallbladder. It also stimulates and balances pancreatic activity. When diffused, this oil can kill the germs that carry infection and can be burned in a sick person’s room to help cleanse and purify the air. Burning helichrysum is also beneficial for bronchial conditions as it helps break up mucus and ease lung congestion. It is useful as an expectorant when gargled.

From an emotional point of view – Helichrysum is said to balance and focus those who have become ‘ungrounded’ or who seem to be ‘lost’. It allows for clarity and decision-making, and gently nudges those who have become ‘stuck’. Therapists often mention that people are more able to release negative emotions and find joy in life when using this oil.

 

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