Gaia's Bounty - 5 Benefits of Essential Oils
GUEST POST by LE PITON BLEU - Specialist in Essential Oils
Natural Healing is a relatively new phrase, but the powerful properties of Mother Nature's plant-life have been used by many civilizations for a millennia!
They've been used as a stimulant or a sedative, for recreational or religious purposes, with the goal of medicinal or holistic healing. Natural Healing uses essential oils to create synergy in mind, body and soul. With herbal energy at its core, natural healing harnesses the very essence of plant life.
When carefully extracted, these oils contain natural-forming hormones, antibiotics, vitamins, and antiseptics. Different oils are blended together for a specific purpose; enhancing their individual energies to a wonderfully volatile level.
Why is energy so important in natural healing? Let's take a closer look at this... scientifically. Every single element in our Universe has the atom as its smallest unit. In the centre of each atom, the nucleus is positively charged by protons, emitting an electrical energy that is neutralised by equal amounts of negative energy. Nutrons within the nucleus and electrons surrounding it release negative charges that maintain the equilibrium of each atom. But an atom needs other atoms to become something greater.
The fast-moving electrons generate a vibrational frequency, allowing the atom to find other atoms operating at the same frequency. Synergy occurs when bonded atoms achieve equal parts positive and negative charges (When two hydrogen atoms meet one carbon atom, they become water).
Essential oils are part of Gaia's Bounty, along with other natural ingredients like herbs, spices, sea salts, muds and clays. They achieve incredible health, wellness and beauty benefits, let's take a look at my Top 5:
1. Helps to harmonize mind, body and spirit
We've all experienced occasions where a negative element affecting either our mental, physical or emotional health knocks us off balance. These instances might be due to a short term illness, ongoing health conditions or complaints; restlessness or lack of sleep; stress and anxiety or emotional situations such as handling loss or conflict. Instead of being in a state of synergy, we experience discord.
Discordant vibrations attract other frequencies at this lower level. There's no doubt that operating at this lower frequency will have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing.
Essential Oils can be applied topically, ingested or inhaled to unleash their natural healing elements. When the herbal energy and human energy work together to regain equilibrium, we return to a higher vibrational frequency; thus experiencing harmonious balance.
Make sure to follow the application instructions when working with essential oils. While some oils can be taken orally, others could have been extracted using ingredients not suitable for consumption. Likewise, perform a patch test if using on the skin.
2. Strengthens personal resilience
Medical professionals agree that prevention is far better than cure, but if our constitution is already strong, then we can quickly bounce back from any unexpected negative elements.
Continuously encourage a free flow of synergistic energies by retaining the equilibrium within and around you, releasing unwanted elements that no longer serve you then replenish your stock of positive charges by making happy new memories and actively seeking out interesting new experiences.
The Universe is working with us...natural healing properties of Gaia's Bounty peak when their colour and aroma is at its most attractive; they attract our attention by recalling positive memories and associations; we actively go in search of them or they're brought to us by people who know it's importance; they're most enjoyed when shared with others. Synergy at its finest!
With this in mind, make essential oils part of your daily routine. Cleanse the air around you using an essential oil diffuser with a mix blended for its anti-microbial elements; drink herbal teas made using dried ingredients or essential oils like chamomile, peppermint or liquorice for the stimulative or sedative qualities; gift an essential oil body balm, pillow spray or bath salts made with oils like lavender, ylang ylang, bergamot or rose , introducing someone to their peace and calming properties
Better still, when struck by an energy-zapping illness, essential oils can naturally assist the body's healing rate by expediting blood flow and oxygen to wounds. The most popular oils for speeding up the body's natural healing process are rosehip, clove, frankincense and eucalyptus.
3. Enhance Memory Capabilities
Contemporary studies demonstrate how people form strong associations between scents and memories. But this is nothing new. Ancient traditions have known the power of fragrance: religions understood their ceremonial ability to generate elation, awaken psychic awareness and deepen spirituality.
Aromatherapy is a time-honoured practice that has combined with modern scientific research to offer dementia patients a supplemental treatment that relieves agitation, aids sleep and assists memory recall.
Sage was used historically to strengthen the senses and heighten memory forming capabilities. It was used in purifying ceremonies by the Lakota Indians while Romans considered it the 'Sacred Herb'. Other memory-enhancing oils include lemon, rosemary, geranium or cedarwood.
4. Support Vitality
Blockages and barriers that form physically, mentally or spiritually can result in low energy and sluggishness.
For digestive conditions, oils such as ginger, chamomile, clary sage, peppermint and fennel can speed up your metabolism so that food is digested faster and released more effectively. Decongesting blends made with basil, eucalyptus, hyssop, helichrysum and pine can be rubbed into the chest or inhaled directly to discharge toxins and mucus.
Hormonal hurdles can be overcome when oils like jasmine, anise, sandalwood or yarrow are massaged across the sakral, solar or root chakras; alternatively they can be used directly on the area of concern. Whether you need a restorative boost or want to remove blockers, essential oils deliver long lasting benefits that increase vitality and promote a healthier life.
5. Body Beautiful
With their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic properties, essential oils are found in a variety of skin care and beauty regimes. When massaged into the skin, they quickly activate the body’s self healing process, making visible improvements in its texture and appearance.
When used as a serum, they can even out pigmentation for skin damaged through scarring or sun-exposure. Certain essential oils have the ability to balance out moisture, so can rehydrate cells that are naturally dry or have started to lose plumpness through aging. Pain relieving properties can alleviate itchiness from dry, sensitive or irritating skin conditions, including painful acne. Some oils have essence that stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells that can speed up the healing process of certain wounds while slowing down the loss of collagen, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to steer clear of oils that are highly acidic, such as lemon and other citric oils...and be careful not to apply these highly acidic oils when venturing out into sunlight.
Before using essential oils, seek input from your dermatologist, especially if you have any underlying conditions like eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis. Stop using essential oils immediately if you experience any negative reactions.