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Change Your Life Realize Your Dreams with Aromatherapy Feeling stuck with breaking a bad habit? Find out how the power of scent can help!
By KG Stiles
WHAT IS Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy means to treat with aroma through inhalation and is a natural holistic healing therapy. The true practice of aromatherapy is a wedding of both science and art in the use of pure plant essential oils to enhance your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and health.
Research shows that direct inhalation of a pure essential oil will remain longer in your cell tissues (4-6 hours) than by any other method of application.
WHAT ARE Essential Oils? Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic, and volatile liquids extracted through distillation from a single botanical source (flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees), the part of the plant yielding the maximum amount of essential oil.
Essential oils represent the soul essence of a plant and carry its life force energy matrix. As such essential oils are highly concentrated, a drop or two can produce significant results.
These precious plant distillates are the active nutrient resources within a plant and act like blood to nourish and protect the plant from bacterial and viral infections, cleansing breaks in its tissue and delivering oxygen and nutrients to its cells.
Virtually everything used today in modern drugs can be traced back to a botanical extract. Hippocrates said that there is a remedy for everything to be found in Nature.
Unlike your other four senses (taste, touch, sight and sound) your brain does not filter or interpret scent. Rather scent has an immediate affect via your olfactory nerve upon your brain’s neuro-receptors.
SCENTS POWERFUL ABILITY TO AFFECT CHANGE
The power of scent is in its ability to directly affect a chemical response and change in your nervous and hormonal systems.
Scent is your most primitive survival instinct and communicates directly with your subconscious mind to trigger a fight/flight or a relaxation response. When in the jungle and you smell danger you want to immediately respond to an imminent threat, not wait to interpret the scent first and make a cognitive decision about it.
Because of the unique ability of scent to reach beneath the surface of your conditioned mind it is perfect for re-training your brain and establishing new meta-programs.
Direct inhalation of scent effectively releases molecules of emotion that act as powerful chemical messengers for creating change in your nervous system.
Immediately upon inhalation the marvelous power of scent reaches deeply into your subconscious mind to affect a neuro-chemical response that supports your breaking unwanted habit patterns and helping you reprogram your mind for success.
HOW TO USE SCENT TO CREATE CHANGE
Scent can speed up your desired results for change and more importantly help you create lasting and permanent change.
Instructions for Use:
- Choose a pure essential oil or blend that you have an especial feel good experience when you inhale it.
- Choose a particular habit you’d like to break or goal you’d like to attain.
- Dispense 1-3 drops of your pure essential oil or blend on a cotton ball and begin to inhale.
- Close your eyes as you inhale your scent then exhale fully. Use long slow rhythmic breaths and allow yourself to relax.
- Focus on your desired outcome while repeating or listening to affirmations and continuing to inhale your scent (5-10 minutes).
The length of time it takes to associate your scent with your image of having attained your desired outcome will vary from individual to individual, usually a minimum repeated use of your oil for up to 8 times daily for 1-3 days is required.
Once your neuro-association between your scent and desired outcome are set you can simply smell your scent and generate the feel good feelings you associate and experience with reaching your desired goal.
Your nervous system will automatically begin generating the images and feelings you’ll have when you achieve your desired outcome just by smelling your scent.
After successful neuro-association with your essential oil you may enjoy using an aroma diffuser to dispense the scent of the lighter more fluid essential oils into a room. Japanese scientists studied the effect of lemon essential oil on the brain to enhance one’s ability to focus. They discovered that the typical mistakes were reduced by 54 percent when lemon oil was diffused in the work room. So, diffusing essential oils into a room can effectively trigger you neuro-recptors for creating the results you desire.
PLEASE NOTE: Synthetic fragrance or perfume oils rely entirely on your learned conditioned response to an odor for stimulating an effect in your nervous and hormonal systems and do not trigger the neuro-chemicals released by a pure natural unadulterated essential oil. To insure quality please always choose only oils that are guaranteed to be organic or ethically wild crafted and GC/MS tested for purity. In has been shown that adulterated and synthetic fragrance or perfume oils may, in fact, cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities.
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KG has developed programs of aromatherapy, energy healing, massage and bodywork for individual clients, the spa industry, resorts, schools, health clubs and medical centers. KG is a former member of the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) Team at Ashland Community Hospital (ACH). The CAM Team assisted ACH to become an integrated health care system. ACH now includes complementary healing traditions such as aromatherapy and caring touch in its patient centered programs. For several years KG served as the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) Oregon Director. KG is the author of numerous self help books and programs and her articles have appeared in national and international magazines like Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Today, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Aromatherapy Today (
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