Our Sense of Smell

If you answer the question “how do you smell” with the answer “with my nose”, you are technically correct. In scientific or medical terms, the explanation can seem pretty irrelevant to the regular Joe, bogged down in medical-speak and complex physiological processes. So let’s take a look at what happens when you smell something, in layman’s terms that anyone can understand.

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4 Most Popular Essential Oils

Some essential oils are considered must-haves by aromatherapy practitioners. The following 4 essential oils should be kept on hand for the many benefits they deliver.

Lavender

Lavender is considered the “universal oil” in aromatherapy circles. A very calming scent, lavender treats burns and stings, cuts and bruises, and is also effective for combating allergies, cancer, cold sores, dandruff, menstrual cramps and insomnia.

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What is Essential Oils Layering, And How Is It Different Than Blending?

If you have been using essential oils for any amount of time, you probably have heard of the term “layering”. You may also be aware that while essential oils are most frequently used individually, you can also create and purchase blends of 2 or more oils.

Are blending and layering the same thing? If not, how are they different? If they are different, which process delivers the most benefits?

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Essential Oils for Energizing Yourself

Essential oils can help you release stress and bring back important energy levels in your daily active life. Using essential oils in aromatherapy in your home, car, office, or any other place you spend vital amounts of time can help your energy levels increase. Just a day of use from these important oil products will have you feeling more vitalized and the reduced stress will allow you to deal with the day’s pressures more calmly.

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Essential Oils + Aromatherapy Labeling – Buyer Beware

In the United States the term “essential oils” + “aromatherapy” are not regulated. In other words, manufacturers may market any type of product as aromatherapeutic, or delivering aromatherapy benefits. Remember, perfume oils are not essential oils, even if they are labeled as aromatherapy products. They usually contain synthetic chemicals that do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, cold pressed vegetable oils, sea salts and other natural components used in aromatherapy.

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DIY Skin Toner with Myrrh

The Ancient Egyptians and Arabian cultures knew the value of myrrh. They applied it to skin issues, like acne and aging, though they may not have known that the oil possesses astringent, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, they did know that its effects produced radiant and healthier-looking skin.

The aroma was also uplifting and restorative, as the oils trigger support in several brain regions – all of which regulate emotional balance. With these topical properties and this aromatic impact, a solo myrrh essential oil application benefits skin and emotional conditions, but when blended with other synergistic oils – like patchouli, lavender, lemongrass, and helichrysum – you have yourself a powerful skin-supporting product.

This Supportive Skin Toner combines all of these skin-supportive oils into a blend that firms your skin and smooths its tone, making it radiant and glowing all over. Follow the below protocol for healthier, younger-looking skin.

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What are Essential Oils?

 


If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

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How Do I Use Essential Oils Safely?

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Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

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