Essential oils are, essentially, nature’s gifts to mankind.
Combining the roots, flowers, bark, and leaves of plants, essential oils carry the most powerful sensory stimulation according to Ayurveda, which is the sense of smell.
When we smell essential oils, the vapor stimulates the olfactory nerve, which is directly connected to the limbic part of the brain, which modulates moods, emotions, thoughts, and our sense of wellbeing.
Some of their other benefits include:
release of emotional trauma
release of melatonin, oxytocin, and serotonin in the brain—the feel-good chemicals
promotion of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing
Through Ayurveda, we can recognize that all essential oils will either have a heating or cooling effect on the body. For example, chamomile and peppermint added to a bath will give a cooling effect, while an oil such as lavender massaged into the body will have a warming effect.
With the goal of Ayurveda being balanced and in harmony with nature within and without, essential oils hold the power to balance vata, pitta, and kapha with ease and joy.
I share essential oils in my practice for women with effective results—for example, clary sage to reduce hot flashes, sweet orange for anxiety, ylang-ylang for libido, vetiver for overactive children, peppermint for mental clarity, mahanarayan oil mixed with lavender for joint pain, holy basil for respiratory issues and many more.
A few essential ways to apply oils are:
Bottom of the feet, mixed with a carrier oil such as sesame, jojoba, or sweet almond oil
Vitaflex points such as the wrist, back of the neck, or behind the ears
10 to 20 drops in a warm bath, on their own
In the bath with warm water and bath salts to penetrate the skin easily and promote sound sleep
The science of aromatherapy is vast, but there’s a saying—” follow your nose”—when it comes to essential oils. Unlike food cravings, the ones you will be attracted to will most likely be good for you. After all, they are living plants and they will speak to you if you listen carefully.