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In the nature of making things easier for you we have compiled some basic information and links to help you grow.

 

 

The Sense of Smell

When you breathe aroma molecules into the nose they stimulate receptors in your brain to have three responses. The first being olfactory nerve signaling which happens very quickly in determining if something is an advantage or threat to you. The next is an emotion response which is different for everyone and based on their own experiences. The last is a biological response which is the same for everyone and happens when the molecules travel directly to the brain itself through the olfactory nerve. 

As you can imagine this constant stimulus can be a lot for your brain. To avoid overloading your nervous system after a few minutes the olfactory receptors stop sending messages to the brain about lingering aromas so it can pay more attention to new aromas. This is known as olfactory adaptation and why after a while you stop noticing aromas that are in your immediate vicinity.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a high concentration of a plants essence or aromatic substance that have been distilled from plant material. They are highly concentrated (50-100 times more concentrated than the plant alone). It takes a large quantity of plant material to make essential oils; for example it takes about 50 rose flowers to make 1 drop of rose essential oil. They are also NOT the same as fragrance oils, which are synthetic creations trying to mimic an essential oil or other plant that does not not have essential oil.

Learn more about essential oils at AromaHead Institute

 

Essential Oil Safety

There is so much information out there that it is hard to know what is a safe practice and what’s not. So here are a couple of safety tips to keep keep in mind: 

~ It is not safe to ingest essential oils unless under the supervision of a trained professional (physician or certified aromatic medicine practitioner) there are a lot of cautions and contraindications around this.

~ Essential oils should always be diluted properly in a

carrier oil before applying to the skin. This includes the bath.

~ There are special precautions that need to be considered with using oils on/around kids and pets. There are several oils that are harmful to them.


Flower Essences

Flower essences are energetic waters that have taken on the energetic essence of a flower or plant. These essences work in a slow, subtle way to help release that which no longer serves you and helps to subtly promote balance in emotions, attitude, and outlook. The beauty in working with flower essences is as they work on an energetic level they have no contraindications to medications or illnesses and are safe for children and pets.

 


 

Crystals

Crystals have been used throughout history to help aid the body, mind, and soul with healing. Each crystal having its own healing properties to help benefit an array of physical and mental ailments. Crystal therapy utilizes the energies and therapeutic properties of the stones to help cleanse negative energies and blockages, promote energetic flow and balance, and enhance specific energetic qualities.

Learn more about crystals and crystal therapy at the Love and Light School


 

Chakras

The chakra's are energy wheels that receive and transmit energy into the physical body. There are seven master chakras. Starting from the base of the spine is Root and moving up the center of the body is Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown at the top of the head. When these energy wheels become disrupted or blocked, dis-ease occurs in the body. Keeping the chakra system cleared and balanced helps to maintain optimum health.

Learn more about the chakras with our Chakra Reference Chart