Aromatherapy: Part 3 - Emotions

Aromatherapy: Part 3 - Emotions

I will now delve into the topic of using essential oils to improve our emotional state. Essential oils are complex and unaltered from nature. Even if scientists try they can never truly be recreated in a laboratory. Their many components create a synergistic value that is in biochemical harmony with our bodies because we too are part of nature. Many aromatherapists, such as myself, like to use essential oils as a tool to help bring our minds and emotions back to a state of balance and harmony. We see aromatherapy as both an art and a science. Most of all, aromatherapy is very enjoyable - it is sensuous and restorative and works on the mind and emotions rapidly.

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Restoring the Mind-Body Connection during Trauma Recovery

Restoring the Mind-Body Connection during Trauma Recovery

Dr van der Kolk advises: "The big issue for traumatised people is that they don’t own themselves anymore. Any loud sound, anybody insulting them, hurting them, saying bad things, can hijack them away from themselves. And so what we have learned is that what makes you resilient to trauma is to own yourself fully...." He goes on to say "So trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move." On these discoveries, it is clear that therapies involving the body such as yoga and massage (used in a mindful way and as part of an integrative treatment program) will be beneficial for many traumatised people.

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