Yesterday I had a conversation, with my boyfriend, about essential oils. I’ve known about them for a long time and have done my research here and there. However, I never really sat down and studied to my heart’s content like I am now.
I’ve known that essential oils have a wide array of benefits but to experience these benefits rather than just knowing about them is something else altogether.
For Christmas, last year, my youngest daughter bought me a gift/beginner set of essential oils (by Radha Beauty), along with a diffuser. I immediately opened each bottle and breathed in their aromas, individually. There was lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, rosemary, lemon, orange, peppermint and tea tree, each in 10 milliliter bottles. I couldn’t wait to start using them so my daughter helped me set up the diffuser. I started with lavender since I love the smell anyway. Later, I got brave and started blending the oils. Mostly because I was running low.
I started smelling them again and with what knowledge I have about the benefits of these oils, I blended a few drops of the lavender with a few drops each of the frankincense and eucalyptus in my diffuser. I would start diffusing this blend between 3 and 3:30 in the afternoon so that it was pretty well distributed through the living room when my boyfriend got home from work.
He absolutely loves this blend because it helps him to feel a lot more relaxed. He calls it my Frankenstein blend. He has a point – this blend is a mix of different essential oils much like Frankenstein is more than one person stitched together. I believe he calls it that because it’s easier for him to say than frankincense…
As much as it was helping him to relax, his stress level would also drop. When I ran out of the blend, his stress would build back up and affect him in a bad way. It wasn’t until my daughter bought me another beginner set of oils (this time from Natrogix) that I could create this blend again. It was then that I really started paying attention to what this blend was doing.
Of course, I ran out of the lavender, frankincense and eucalyptus before anything else. I honestly didn’t think I would use the rest but I’ve diffused the orange and rosemary. I’ve started using the tea tree essential oil mixed with sweet almond carrier oil as an oil treatment for my hair. And I breathe in the peppermint oil for a little pick-me-up as well as a remedy for mild headaches.
It’s been said that smells can trigger memories and emotions. My sense of smell with certain things isn’t that great and neither is my boyfriend’s. For me, though, it’s a little easier. I don’t smell my oils continuously but every so often, I catch a hint and it triggers a feeling. I can leave the room and come back a few minutes later and smell the oil. This begs the question: even if I can’t smell the oil does it still benefit me?
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. of Psychology Today says, in her article, Smells Ring Bells: How Smell Triggers Memories and Emotions:
“That complex emotion and memory can be triggered by a simple sensory cue: the smell of winter air. How do smells trigger such strong emotions and memories?
The answer is likely due to brain anatomy. Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus. Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.”
As I said before, my boyfriend’s sense of smell is worse than mine so he doesn’t smell the oils as well as I do but I truly believe the effects are still there based on what I’ve seen. After realizing how the “Frankenstein” blend was affecting him, I tried it again just to confirm my belief that it works. I haven’t been disappointed yet.
Dreading Monday? Diffuse some lavender oil near your bed to get a good night’s rest. I love how well this works.
Which essential oils do you like best? Do you use them for stress management, to “green” your lifestyle, or do you include them into your beauty routine? I’d love to know!
I’ll see you here again soon as I continue to learn more about these wonderful oils, including where they come from, my favorite ones, the new ones I try (brands included), how to safely use them in my daily life, etc.