i love the smell of lavender....it really does relaxes me and helps me fall off to sleep. A coworker has a bottle of peppermint oil spray and I will spray it in my office in the afternoon after lunch when I just want to take a nap....it refreshes and revives me
4/12/2013 3:43:29 PM
I enjoy the scent of peppermint or vanilla. Unfortunately I have a lot of allergies, so though some scents, such as sawdust, cut grass or Este Lauder Youth Dew bring back pleasant memories of my parents who have passed, they also bring on allergy problems too. Talk about mixed reactions, lol!
My two scents that bring me to a energized and happy place are Orange Ginger and Aruba coconut both from Bath & Body Works. Orange Ginger reminds me of my times I spent at the SPA in Jamaica and Aruba Coconut reminds me of my travels to Jamaica.
I love vanilla and use a vanilla scented body wash and vanilla fantasy cologne..... I've had people say I remind them of sugar cookies baking...... I also love eucalyptus... I have eucalyptus epsom salts and dr teal eucalyptus body ache bubble bath when I ache... I also use it to relax with candles or room spray........ and I have a eucalyptus mint spa scent additive for my hot tub..... I agree though sometimes people go overboard and some people I wish used something.....
12/13/2012 10:53:59 PM
I think orange and other citrus is so energizing! It's a dual boost to have the vitamins AND the lovely scent when I have orange juice in the morning!
My partner and I like dollar store incense. Also aerosol air freshener.
1/28/2012 12:44:40 PM
May sound hokey, but this is a 100% true happening in my life as of recent. Due to rapid weight loss (thank you low carb) I began suffering from gallbladder attacks and was told the only recourse was removal. After an internal treatment of essential oils I am much better!!! Using a dropper, I drop a blend of high grade essential oils into a capsule and take internally. One ingredient I use is thyme. Basically same ingredient you get from your garden just much, much, more potent. I am now a firm believer. You can get results from high quality essential oils after the first use! There was no wondering if it was going to work for me. I knew immediately. After research I purchased doterra because you can take all of their oils internally or dilute for topical use. If you want a sample let me know tawanahamby at gmail.
Just a follow up to a comment about aromatherapy having no effect if you can't smell it. That's actually not accurate. When using essential oils for aromatherapy massage there are three ways for the essential oil to enter the system. Most obviously being through the nose with the sense of smell, but there is also through the mouth as you breathe ( such as with inhalants), & there is also through the skin. Through the skin is actually the fastest way for the essential oil to enter the bloodstream & then be circulated through the body. So, even if you can't smell, your body can still get all of the healthy benefits of the essential oil. :)
I teach & use aromatherapy in my practice as an elemental bodywork practitioner, & I also have my own line of aromatherapy products. I've read some of the comments from people who say that they feel sick around aromatherapy type products. It may be useful to note that there is a huge difference between ORGANIC & NON-ORGANIC essential oils that are commonly used in aromatherapy treatments. Personally, I suffer from allergies related to most things I smell. I can't stand going through big stores that have perfume aisles, as they make me sneezy & nauseated. I use organic essential oils, which are more expensive, as they are truly naturally occurring & are refined using very strict processing guidelines. Some non-organic essential oils are extracted using chemical processes. These are quite commonly the ones that people will have problems with. Yes, there are people who still can't tolerate them. Some people also don't realize that there is a specific quantity of essential oil that an experienced aromatherapy practitioner will use. In fact, you use very little essential oils. However, the use of aromatherapy has exploded over recent years. So much so, that many people will just dive into working with essential oils without learning how to use them properly. By the term properly I mean how many drops per amount of carrier oil (remember that all carrier oils aren't created equal either, here are more things that can cause an allergic reaction), they don't know about balancing 'top notes', 'base notes', or 'bottom notes', or they haven't learned about precautions & contraindications associated with using essential oils. These are just a few of the things that are required to work safely & effectively with essential oils & aromatherapy. The bottom line is that aromatherapy does work well with alternative medicine & treatments, but, as with all things, it isn't right for all people. It's up to individuals to be advocates for their own health. If you go to someone for treatments & they want to use aromatherapy, make sure that they know your complete background. If you've had a reaction to aromatherapy in the past, make sure they are aware of. There may be an essential oil that does work for you, but make sure that they test just a drop with you to see if you are sensitive. If you're still sensitive, then make sure that they respect your right to health. If necessary, walk out & find someone else who'll truly listen to what you & your body needs to get healthy. I hope this helps anyone who may have had questions or concerns. Good luck to you all & good health.
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