Today I am writing about the huge benefits of using aromatherapy before flu season hits!
As The Seasons change so do we.
In Canada Fall is definitely here and the leaves are beautiful.
It’s definitely my favourite time of year for Beauty & Fashion.
Long gone are the sweltering hot nights and time to bring out all the cozy blankets!
I’ve written about the health benefits of Aromatherapy before
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This is my new Jasmine diffuser in Green from NuWorld Botanicals . I have a “thing” for green now. It’s a colour I almost never wear- but I find myself so drawn to All things green in Nature. This Love for green started in late spring of this year when I moved into my new place. I have added many plants to my place and it’s now become one more passion of mine!
When a person inhales an essential oil that scent is carried by olfactory nerve cells in the nose to the olfactory system which then sends the aroma to the brain, namely the limbic system, the house of emotions and emotional behavior such as intimacy, passion and sex. Immediately, and depending on the oil, you may begin to feel more alert or more relaxed. You may feel excited and aroused. You may feel the release of negative emotions and/or the soothing of muscle tension. Mood enhancers like serotonin and endorphins get released.
Our sense of smell is 10,000 more powerful than any other sense and the recognition of smell is immediate. (Other senses like touch travel to the brain via the spinal cord.) Smell is also the strongest link to the subconscious mind and also to our collective unconscious mind where memories are stored.
Essential oils have high antioxidant properties as measured by the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), a test developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tufts University to measure the antioxidant speed and power of free radical inhibition. The oxidative damage caused by free radicals is implicated in everything, from aging and wrinkling of skin to DNA damage, cancer, heart disease, and premature death. Antioxidants control for free radical damage at the cellular level and supports youthful aging and a healthy body.
While vegetables and fruits have antioxidant power (e.g., cucumber at 60 units of antioxidant strength; celery at 75 units; apple at 207 units; broccoli at 890 units; blueberries at 2,400 units), essential oils have higher antioxidant strength (e.g., Orange oil at 18,898 units; Ylang Ylang has an ORAC of 1,300,478 units; Patchouli has an approximate ORAC of 494,271 units.) (“Units” are actually called “TE/L.” TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.)
When essential oils are applied to the skin the oils are absorbed through the skin. Since the oils don’t dissolve in water and attach to body fat and fluids they get into the body’s systems bringing their antioxidants and enhancing our immune strength.
Lime & Lemon are 2 of my personal favourites when it comes to Bringing up energy. They just happen to be some of my favourite fruits as well. Packed with Vitamin C- I have always loved the scent of lemon and lime. When I was pregnant with my son (who will be 12 very soon) I wanted Lemon everything. Lemon curbed my nausea and it invigorated me on the most sluggish of days. On a very cute Side note – I passed the lemon love down to him! He always picks out lemon soaps and candles. Very Sweet!
There are so many ways to Boost You immune system using aromatherapy
It’s all very personal and what will work for me won’t necessarily work for you!
Sometimes the simple act of breathing in lemon or lime will give me more energy.
Using my diffuser – the oil blends that help with general well being and anything respiratory are
Eucalyptus Steam & Happy Vibes
Again – This is what works for me!
Eucalyptus Steam- A purifying blend of Eucalyptus essential oil, Rosemary and Peppermint essential oil. Helps support a healthy immune system.
This clears anything and everything respiratory. The other night I thought I was coming down with something as I had a stuffed up nose. 3 Drops of This and I woke up breathing easy!
Happy Vibes – A cheerful blend of Grapefruit essential oil, Sweet Orange and Lime essential oil. Helps uplift spirits and rejuvenate the soul.
There You go – Citrus!
Our bodies know what they want intrinsically. We just need to trust them more.
Another way I boost my immune system using aromatherapy is by using these Multi-Nutritive 3-in-1 Oils
I have and continue to use this gorgeous blend that indicludes patchouli, orange, bergamot, grapefruit and ylang ylang in the bathtub in very hot water and in my hair. It smells amazing and if I feel my energy is low or I feel extra tired :this restores me back to balance. Being sensitive to our energy levels is so very important.
This oil is Aromatherapeutic Bliss
It contains peppermint, rosemary & lemon
I used this in the dead of winter last year- Hello Canadian Winters!
I believe that for me – it’s the combination of lemon and peppermint.
I only got sick 1 time in the last year and I really think it’s because I am way more in-tune with my body, mind and spirit.
Aromatherapy aids in everything I do, From Podcasting to sleep…
And everything in between!
Do You use Aromatherapy?
How do you get your body ready for cold and flu season
I would love to Know
Thanks for reading and to all My Canadian friends – Happy ThanksGiving!
*These products were complimentary – as always the views expressed are my own