Aromatherapy has been utilized across cultures and times for health, relaxation, and spirituality (Farrar and Farrar 2020), as scents have been proven to impact holistic well being positively. It so happens that you can drink many of them, as well as diffuse them (Perry and Perry 2018). There is strong agreement that certain odors can have great potential in the treatment of mental health for ailments such as depression (Walsh 2020). These are some of my personal favorites I have benefited from:
Rose (tea or oil): For spirituality, anxiety, relaxation, healing (Hongratanaworakit 2009).
Orange/lemon/lime/lemongrass/lemon-balm (tea or oil): Happy, uplifting, energetic, for depression and low mood (Komori et al., 1995; Connor 2020, 23).
Mint (tea or oil): Mental clarity, depression, and physical health (Brazier 2022).
Lavender and Chamomile (tea or oil): For anxiety, relaxation, and sleep (Connor 2020, 29; 34).
I greatly enjoy drinking the tea of the aroma of my choice, for example rose tea with rose oil, lavender tea with lavender oil.
For clearing the energy on yourself and or in your home you can burn:
Sage, Wild Rue and or Bay Leaf: The Ancient practice of burning herbs to clear “negative energy” and increase holistic health or drinking them for various ailments such as lowering cholesterol or decreasing anxiety, is a ritual across cultures and time (Watson 2019; Hickey 2021; Çerikan 2020). In particular, studies suggest that bay leaf vapor has a significant impact on lowering anxiety (Whelan 2017). These are really strong smells, please be careful of its overuse and one must try it according to their own and medical circumstances. Please seek advice from your doctor if needed. For example, I personally love sage however found that it was a bit heavy for me and triggered allergies when I drank it.
Caution: Please follow professionals guidance on the how to use aromas and the amount to diffuse. Not everything can be good for everyone and many can cause
allergic reactions and or be toxic if misused. Final note, its important to find a brand you trusts, when using oils or herbs as medicine.
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