Have you noticed the extra confidence that comes with a spritz of your favorite perfume or cologne? The smile that often spreads across your face inhaling the first waft of from fresh flowers? The added droop of your eyelids after inhaling lavender before bedtime? Those effects are likely due to the powerful effect that scents can have on your mind, induced by the unique aroma of the particular plant.
Plants or plant extracts come in many forms–everything from nutritional supplement pills to liquids that can be swallowed or placed under the tongue. Most of us, however, don’t want to take a bunch of pills every day nor do we want to navigate the possible interactions they can have between one another and the potential side effects. A great alternative to the added worry, time and potential frustration is the inhalation of essential oils. The reason that this works is that the aroma of the essential oil transmits a specific message to the brain when it makes contact with scent receptors in the nose.
Essential oils are the oil produced when plant matter is distilled to its most basic form. Because essential oil is literally the concentrated essence of a particular plant, a lot of the plant’s benefits can be obtained from just a couple drops or added to another specific oil–a carrier oil, as they are referred to–and used as massage oils or placed in various kinds of diffusers.
What’s interesting about essential oils is that they don’t just make people sleepy, happy or confident. Some plants can induce even more specific mental states like awareness or focus, even love. But there are so many different essential oils available on the market today that it can be difficult to figure out which oil you need for your specific purpose. Even more frustrating, many of the books and websites containing this information can be labyrinthine and confusing. Not many people can spend the amount of time and effort it takes to decipher the mass amount of information nor do they have the expertise it often takes to understand the language of these texts because they are written specifically for doctors, osteopaths and herbalists. Because we understand information that is neatly and concisely presented, an infographic is much easier to understand–and many times quicker than the mountains of dry tomes containing this information.
There are also choices to be made in how you use your essential oils to best suit your needs. Do you prefer wearing them like many people wear perfume, or do you prefer dispersing them into your surroundings like an air freshener? Our handy infographic has ten different ways that you can use essential oils in your everyday environment. Maximize your enjoyment of life and happy smelling!
Uplift Your Mood With Essential Oils ( Info-graphic )