The warm scent of vanilla, cinnamon and pecans wafting through the air may trigger a strong memory of our grandmother’s kitchen when we were a small child. Scents can be very powerful, even creating a physical reaction such as increase secretion of the “happiness” neurotransmitter serotonin.
Aromatherapy is the science of using the essential oils that give plants their characteristic odor to promote wellbeing. The essential oil of rosemary, for example, has many uses, including to invoke memory and recall, increase alertness and lessen anxiety. Mix a few drops with a moisturizer or sprinkle a few drops on a piece of organic cotton or flannel, and seal it in a jar or plastic bag to take it out whenever a pick-me-up is required.
In an office, the antimicrobial properties gained through topical or internal preparations are invaluable for dealing with infections. Add essential oils of orange and lemon to customized herbal tinctures to improve the taste. The use of lavender, eucalyptus and thyme essential oils in a vaporizer has wonderful antimicrobial and decongestant properties for those suffering from sinusitis.
Also, by applying essential oils instead of needles to corresponding acupuncture points, it is possible to stimulate the movement of energy, or qi, invoking a powerful healing cascade for depression and anxiety for people that are too depleted for traditional treatments.
Kimberly Wilson is a board-certified naturopathic doctor and co-owner of Innovations Wellness Center, in Plano. Contact her at 972-608-0100 or InnovationsWellnessCenter.com.