The Gift of Aroma Therapy – Coming Soon

In the words of our very own Dr. Jeanette Wolfe, ND

“I am often asked about Essential Oils – they are one of the most popular ways that people like to adjust their environments as well as improve their health so I revisit this topic often.

Our ancient Paleo humans had much more highly developed senses than we moderns currently enjoy. With a little attention to diet and environment we are capable of actually heightening some of our senses including our sense of taste and of smell.

The sense of smell is a very powerful one. In order for our sense of smell to work, an actual particle of what is being smelled has to travel through the air and enter the nose, coming into contact with the olfactory bulb of the nose. This direct contact makes our sense of smell extremely intimate.

Once inside the body, the mucous membranes break down this particle, in an enzymatic-like process and the components are either digested or disseminated for use by the body. This sounds like both the good news and the bad news depending upon what you just smelled!

This reemphasizes the importance to think about our sense of smell as an additional method of receiving nutrients as well as ingesting pathogens. We are all aware that we can inhale viruses and bacteria, and this is exactly the process by which we can also breathe in nutritional support for our good health. This is why Essential Oils work, whether you subscribe to the belief of herbal and natural supplementation or have yet to formulate an opinion.

Essential Oils are a concentrated form of the volatile oils of plants. They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the distinctive scent (‘essence’) of the plant. The manner in which these distinctive essences are derived from the plant also control how powerful and effective they are.

Some notable historic uses for these oils have been as antiseptics or as a tool to modify energy by relaxing or energizing. Some have clear effects, such as opening sinus passages or relaxing muscles while other effects may be more subjective and subtle.

Here is a brief key to some of the historic uses of just a few of NSPs essential oils and we’d love to hear from you about your favorite oils and the way you utilize them to improve your life and the environment in your own home or work place.”

Essential Oils and Their Primary Historic Uses:

  • Bergamot: Anxiety, Depression

  • Chamomile: Cramps, Insomnia, Migraine, Sciatica

  • Eucalyptus: Coughs, Colds, Flu, Decongestant

  • Frankincense: Aging Skin, Wrinkles, Skin: Scars, Infections

  • Geranium: Anxiety, Edema, Hormonal Balance

  • Grapefruit, Pink: Cellulite, Depression, Detoxification, Edema, Weight Control

  • Helichrysum: Bruises, Burns, Rashes; Eczema & Psoriasis, Liver Congestion

  • Lavender: Anxiety, Burns, Hair Loss, Insect bites, Insomnia, Pain

  • Lemon: Cellulite, Colds & Flu, Depression, Hypertension

  • Oregano: Arthritis, Bronchitis, Candida, Insect repellent, Lice

  • Peppermint: Colds/Flu, Concentration/Memory, Decongestant, Headache, Indigestion, Nausea, Pain

  • Rose: Grief, Liver Problems, Menopause

  • Tea Tree: Acne, Burns, Colds Sores, Nail Infections

  • Ylang Ylang: Anger, Hypertension, Palpitations, Stress

Consider taking a whiff of Pink Grapefruit to calm the munchies and helping to control portion size. Add a few drops Bergamot to a spray bottle of pure water to combat the stale air in seasons when windows are kept closed. Also, spray kitchen areas and lunchrooms with Oregano to prevent ants and other bugs from intruding into your space.“I always have a bottle of Peppermint Oil on my desk to spark concentration during the mid-afternoon lull and I also likes to keep the Lemon Oil there as well because it just smells sooooo good and boosts my joy plus focus! Of course I put Lemon to good use during cold & flu season as well. I actually put it into my own homes’ heating system to blow a warm breeze of fortification throughout the house.

Expert Tip: Spiders hate Peppermint.

This Cave wo/man no longer lives outdoors where these scents abound, (no room service!), so I keep many other oils available for use on an ‘as-needed’ basis. Build your Essential Oil Library and keep a list of uses handy so you can enhance your mind, body and spirit through the wonderful sense of smell.

Sniffer not up to snuff? Zinc helps to improve your senses of both taste and smell so that might be a great supplement to add. Then use your nose to sniff your way to health and a healthy environment.”

We thank Dr. Wolfe for sharing a bit of her personal insight and expertise within this subject matter and look forward to sharing more on the specifically formulated scents we are sharing with our community and how they boost our quality of life and well being.