Beginners Mind: Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy seems very popular now and many friends are selling various brands. Here I introduce two aromatherapy/ essential oil sites that I think are best. I have a degree in horticulture and healing and relaxing with herbs and flowers deeply appeals to me at the soul level. Currently, I use bergamot as recommended by the NIH et al in numerous papers, I will let you search and my genetic counselor as it transforms glutamate into the relaxing GABA. According to many research papers I now see it does much more. You might want to do a search using NIH (before 2017) and bergamot. I also use frankincense as it is especially said to be anti-inflammatory. Lastly, I use lavender just because I enjoy it so much and it as very accepted anxiety reducer.
A Word of Caution
Hopefully, you are already aware that these oils are topical or diffused to be inhaled. I have found little to no evidence that they are safe internally (I have heard of lavender “pills’ but rarely see them now). AND essential oils are VOCs:
“Essential Oils are Volatile Organic Compounds. They not only give off VOCs, they are VOCs. However, VOCs given off by synthetic chemicals accumulate in the body and create inflammation and disease, while the VOCs in essential oils actually break down and clear away synthetic chemicals that are stored in your body and help ease inflammation and disease.” from Nature’s Mold Rx.
Glad to have found this citation as a friend who is extremely sensitive was recently very concerned about this and I had no answer at hand. My intuitive sense is that any natural oil (and quality really matters here) would be non-toxic. Glad my sense is supported.
Two High-Quality Providers
You can find aromatherapy companies in abundance; many are MLM which bothers me ethically. And I would really want to know the purity of the products. I recently got invited into a CBD oil company (MLM) and when I looked at the various products there was little revealed about ingredients and what I did find, I would not use nor recommend. This is not to say that there are not good ones besides these two; I just find these two extremely ethical. And both offer classes.
http://www.floracopeia.com/ has a gorgeous, highly educational site and all products are wild harvested and organic. And I may return here to consider their skin products for us. Here is a video on their story:
While I certainly urge you to buy from them, and they offer some wonderful resins, here I offer Amazon products, which ship free with Prime and support this site.
From the site, https://draxe.com/, “Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine.” This means he can be a resource to us on many levels but as he really embraces aromatherapy and gives classes, I would troll around his site. He gives away many free books and I especially like his King’s Medicine Cabinet which he now gives away free when you sign up on this page: https://draxe.com/natural-cold-remedies/
He also keeps up and knows the medicinal qualities of many unusual oils: https://draxe.com/natural-remedies-category/essential-oils/
Axe is also a prolific author. I felt these most beneficial; there are others for you to consider.
Lastly, I recommend some diffusers, including the very sweet little one I began with, has a USB connector so I can use it while working on my computer.
I thoroughly enjoy offering leading edge info and products that are directly from nature, like food as medicine, here is aroma as medicine. I use my oils diffused and in my tub with Epsom salts for a soothing soak before bed. Sweet dreams and to your health!