Exploring Aromatherapy for the Mind and Immune System Boost
In addition to physical discomfort, you have probably experienced mental fatigue. Difficulties in relationships, overload at work, world news and a global pandemic – life today is literally made up of obsolescence reasons. In this case, the consequences for the body are quite tangible: difficulties with digestion, neuralgic pains, loss of appetite (or vice versa, “stress eating”), irritability, problems with sleep, memory, and even a decrease in self-esteem.
Since the problem concerns such subtle matters as the soul and mind, it is worth considering no less delicate solutions. In particular, simple folk remedies (like alcohol) and heavy psychiatric artillery (antidepressants) can’t wait while you experience the healing properties of essential oils to maintain or restore mental fitness and peace of mind.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are fragrant volatile substances isolated from flowers, seeds, roots, leaves, fruits, wood or resin of plants. They are obtained by distillation (from greens and bark), extraction (from inflorescences, petals and roots) or pressing (from peel and fruit), and the properties depend on the type of plant, growing conditions, the part used, as well as the method of production.
Depending on the natural properties, the oil obtained from a particular plant can be used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, antioxidant, sedative or, conversely, an aphrodisiac. Essential oils have an impressive spectrum of biological activity and are potent agents that can not only help, but also harm if you do not follow the recommendations for use, so be sure to consult your doctor before starting experiments in aromatherapy.
OILS FOR GOOD MOOD
Due to the concentration of linalool – a terpenoid (the so-called basic organic compounds in the structure of essential oils), which has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties, Petitgrain Bigarade oil from the flowers, leaves, branches and zest of orange (aka bigaradiya or bitter orange) is indispensable for getting rid of anxiety and anxiety. uplifting mood. Realizing that a streak of a dull shade has come in life and you are overcome by constant anxiety for some reason, apply a drop of this oil on the inside of your wrists 3 times a day and inhale the aroma. An alternative for those who like to speed up the effect: a drop of the same oil on a neutral tablet (for example, calcium gluconate) dissolves in the mouth 3 times a day. Be careful – oral intake is not suitable for everyone, especially for digestive disorders.
OILS TO RELEASE FROM MORAL FATIGUE
From cats scratching their souls, mixes of essential oils, compiled by expert naturopaths, are successfully relieved. In the book Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. For the health of the whole family”, recently published by the Eksmo publishing house, French pharmacist and essential oil specialist Daniel Festy advises mixing a drop of Petitgrain Bigarade oil, a drop of camphor cinnamon oil (it is also white camphor oil or ho tree oil), a drop of neroli in a quarter a teaspoon of arnica oil. Then use this fragrant cocktail for a light massage along the spine and inner surface of the wrists, repeating these procedures three times a day for three weeks.
Returning positive is only part of the task. The main goal is to eliminate fatigue directly. And here the main aroma ally, according to Madame Festi, is spruce – a black spruce from the northern Canadian forests. In case of moral exhaustion or chronic fatigue, the expert recommends applying 2 drops of Canadian spruce essential oil to the area of beach kidney after a morning shower.
Also be sure to experience the benefits of spruce oil in your home or office diffuser by mixing a few drops with peppermint, lemon and exotic basil essential oils. Spray the resulting mixture through a diffuser for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon in a ventilated area.
For general stimulation of the body, the author of the Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy suggests preparing another aroma cocktail by mixing 20 drops of peppermint, black spruce, Scotch pine, basil oil in a porcelain bowl and shaking it all in 4 ml of argan oil. Apply a few drops of the oil potion to the lower back and kidney area, massaging gently – morning and afternoon, for a week.
OILS FOR THE PREVENTION OF MENTAL FATIGUE
To protect yourself from manifestations of moral fatigue and boost immunity, Daniel Festi advises mixing 100 drops of ravintsara oil (camphor tree oil or laurel growing in Madagascar), 30 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of thyme oil and 30 drops of lemon oil. Apply the mixture
with assisting movements, three drops on the chest and on the back, repeating the procedure 3 times a day for 1-3 weeks.
To relax and strengthen your immune system, take a fragrant bath with a mix of 20 drops of ravintsara essential oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Add 100 grams of Dead Sea salt, wait until it dissolves and enjoy the bath for about 20 minutes.
When experiencing the superpower of aromatic oils, one should remember that their therapeutic properties will not replace the rejection of bad habits, a balanced diet and regular exercise, although they will certainly help in a healthy lifestyle renewal, including in a preventive sense.