How Aromatherapy Has Helped Me…

  It’s a bittersweet feeling that this is the last passion blog post for my freshman year. Overall, this experience has been really awesome and this passion blog has allowed me to geek out over things no one really cares about. Since this is the last blog post, I wanted to change the usual set up a little bit. The reason I decided to devote this semester’s blogs to aromatherapy was not because I use the product excessively, but because it has helped me throughout the years.

I lost my dad when I was around ten years old. Although I never got the chance to build a bond with him like every other father-daughter duo due to family related issues, the death still brought great sadness. I felt a mix of emotions the day I found out, I didn’t know if I was sad, regretful, mad, or all the above. For the first couple of weeks, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. My mom was the person to first introduce me to aromatherapy. When I told her that I wasn’t sleeping, she put a humidifier in my room that released the sleep aromatherapy scent that I talked about in a previous blog post. I didn’t know if it actually worked or if the thought of it made me believe that it worked. But, after my mom started giving me sleep and stress relief lotions and humidifiers, I started to feel better.

The reason I constantly try to advocate for the use of aromatherapy products when one is feeling a certain way is because I don’t think you can ever truly know what someone is going through. People often look to other abusive substances to help them heal pain which is obviously way more dangerous than any aromatherapy products. People close to me have used other ways to heal there pain for the time being and I am happy I went down a different road. Especially with most of my peers being in college and dealing with the stress of entering the real world and being successful, I know many people are overstrung. I think if anyone is ever going through a hard time in their life, they should look to natural and essential resources instead of abusing addictive substances.

I hope many of you have enjoyed my blog post throughout the semester and have been intrigued to try some of the products I touched upon. Every penny is worth it!

Aromatherapy: Boost Immunity &a Fight Infections

With spring right around the corner, we all know what that entails. That’s right, it is officially allergy season. Along with allergy season comes stuffy noses and aching coughs. Although, no need to worry because there are plenty of essential oils used in aromatherapy that help this sort of thing! There are multiple essential oils that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that help keep your immune system in tact! With that, there are loads of chemical mixtures including terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones that all have the potential to fight pathogens that can ultimately threatren your  health and bring that nasty cough that everyone hates to have.

Okay, now I know that this may sound odd and even a little gross but one of the best oils to use in these types of situations is oregano oil. Oregano oil has been scientifically proven to help boost one’s immune system and fight off infections and colds (especially during this time of the year). In multiple lab studies done by scientists, oregano oil has been shown to fight off anti viral and anti bacterial diseases. The reason this oil has so much power is due to the fact that it contains carvacrol and thymol. These two compounds have antimicrobial effects and can inhibit the synthesis and growth of several types of bacteria.

Some other great essential oils that help during allergy season are myrrh, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus, frankincense, peppermint (or Mentha piperita) and cinnamon. Studies have proven that essential oils have the power to minimize the chance of catching a bacterial or fungal virus. It can fight off infections that I can’t even spell! Antibiotic resistance and flu/allergy season is becoming an increasing issue around the world and these essential oils have been proven to help us! So if you’re like me and you hate thought of taking blood thinning over the counter medication, using essential oils as a form of independent or combination therapy can help to fight bacterial infections in a safer and more natural way.