Essential Oils

This hack is about the power of aromatherapy with essential oils.

Aromatherapy refers to the inhalation and topical application of true essential oils from aromatic plants to restore or enhance health and well-being.

“good smells = good vibes”

Essential oils are volatile plant metabolites extracted from aromatic plant material. Essential oils are made up of terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides - each plant containing varying amounts to defend from infestations, modulate immune function, and stimulate various molecular pathways.

How to do it

Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways for aromatherapy, including inhalation, diffusion, adding to a bath or hot compress, for massage and for topical application. Personally, I diffuse essential oils daily, and based on my mood/needs, will use calming or energizing fragrances. My favorites are lavender, orange, fur, cedar, rose, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and lemon.

How it works

One use of aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by preventative methods and indirect stimulation of the immune system. Odor can stimulate changes in physiology directly and through psychological and memory-based associations with the smell. Smells can change heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and regional cerebral blood flow. The psychological associations with odor can impact mood, stress, and emotions.

Inhalation of volatile compounds from highly concentrated essential oils have clinically relevant effects. Clinical studies of medical grade aromatherapy show major impact on a variety of physiological target systems, like cardiovascular, endocrine, blood oxygenation, and pain.

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