Fragrance has been used for thousands of years for healing and diagnosis, although traditions and methodologies have changed through the ages.
“The Smell Report,” brought to light that the process of extracting and preserving a flower’s scent using alcohol distillation was perfected and advanced by Avicenna, an 11th century alchemist and physician. Before his research, perfumes consisted only of thick resins, gums, and gooey pastes.
Why does the scent of ocean make one person feel heavy while evoking feelings of happiness and joy in another? These different responses to scents are caused by specific pathways of your olfactory system. Olfactory information is encoded with all sorts of memories and associations in your brain.
Here are some oils and scents that can have worked for me, just by taking a whiff… I found many of the items on this list in an article by Dr. Mercola, who has been an incredible influence on my life and moving my health in a positive direction.
Stress-Lavender, lemon, bergamot, vetiver, pine, ylang ylang
Insomnia-Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood oil, sweet marjoram, and ylang ylang (lemon can wake you up)
Anxiety-Lavender, bergamot, rose, clary sage, lemon, Roman chamomile, orange, sandalwood, rose-scented geranium, and pine
Depression -Peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine
Pain Management-Lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and wintergreen
Nausea, vomiting & stomach upset-Mint, ginger, lemon, ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender
Memory & attention-Sage, peppermint, and cinnamon
Lack of energy-Black pepper, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, sage, peppermint and citrus
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