The Sense of Smell: The Amazing Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

When it comes to taking care of our bodies, there are many ways to maintain good health: eating a proper diet, exercise, and managing stress are all great ways to stay in shape. However, there’s one great health option people may want to look into, and that is the use of aromatherapy.

This can be especially useful as people are home quarantined during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aromatherapy can be defined as the art of using aromatic essences (aka essential oils) from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of the body.

We have 5 senses: taste, hearing, touch, sight and smell. The sense of smell is often overlooked or simply dismissed as a viable health option which is a mistake. When aromatherapy is used, these essential oils travel directly to either the brain, the lungs or both. As we know, many illegal drugs are inhaled, and that same process is used in aromatherapy, but for healthier outcomes.

Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years, with records of the ancient Egyptians using essential oils in medicine, cosmetics and perfumes. Today, aromatherapy is used in a wide variety of ways and used to help with many health ailments. Here are just a few:

Stress relief. Essential oils are known as relaxants that can help ease anxiety and soothe the mind. Some of the best essential oils for stress are following:

Antidepressants. The following essential oils have shown to help with depression:

Boost memory. Now we know Alzheimer’s is not a curable disease, but studies have shown that aromatherapy in younger people has helped boost their memory capacity for a short amount of time. The following have been used to help boost memory.

Increased energy levels. Aromatherapy has been used to increase circulation, raise energy levels and stimulate the body and mind. These benefits can be attained minus the side effects of other energy boosters such as energy drinks, pills and caffeine.

Aromatherapy is also used to help a person sleep, ease headaches, relieve pain, treat digestive issues and aid in wound healing.

It’s important to know what options are available when it comes to our health. While we all need to go to the doctor from time to time, we should not let that be our first and only means of treatment.

The same people who dismiss aromatherapy and claim it is ineffective will readily admit that carbon monoxide, gasoline, pepper spray and other inhalants can cause serious damage to the body. If chemicals can be inhaled that hurt the body, then surely there are natural chemicals that can heal the body when inhaled as well?

Medicine from the doctor is used primarily to treat us while we are ill, but nature’s medicine cabinet can be used before we get sick, while we’re sick, and after we become well. It is also much cheaper and has few side effects compared to traditional medicines.

Where to Use Essential Oils

Aromatherapy can be applied in a variety of ways:

  • Massage
  • Lotions
  • Baths
  • Spritzers
  • Diffuses

In most instances, 2-20 drops in water will suffice.

Other Aromatherapy Uses

Essential oils can be used in a variety of other ways as well:

Perfume. Add 2-5 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of perfume alcohol.

You can make your own Disenfectant wipes with white vinegar, paper towels and essential oils:

Mosquito repellent. Add several drops of citronella oil to the melted wax of a candle.

Dryer sheets. For fresh smelling clothes, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a terry cloth and put in the dryer.

Pick up a great set of essential oils HERE:

Air freshener. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil to water in a spray bottle and spray as needed.

Hand sanitizer. Click HERE to see a quick and easy hand sanitizer recipe.

Give aromatherapy a try. Your body might thank you!

Get more great health tips in my books The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness, and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals. Both available in paperback, kindle and audiobook formats.

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