Brain Waves…with Debra Rose

Essential Use of Essential Oils

Stressed out? Home more? Eager to try something to enhance your space and feel more relaxed?

It’s time for dabbling in the use of essential oils.

Once you delve into the world of essential oils and their benefits, you may wonder how they were not a part of your life before. Some compare it to the use of fresh herbs in their meals, not being able to imagine cooking without fresh dill, parsley, rosemary and mint for the flavor and health benefits.  As many of us are cooking more than ever while trying to focus on healthy nourishment, use of essential oils is a natural compliment.

Most pleasant and relaxing for your space is to have an oil diffuser, and you can choose which oils to enjoy based on your mood.  You can promote better sleep, lighten your mood, de-stress, reduce anxiety and improve your memory by using essential oils, all things we can use right now.  The scent and atmosphere they create is as soothing as having a candle lit on your table.

We are all familiar with our connection to memory and scents, which explains how aromatic use of these oils can have an effect on our emotions.  By infiltrating our brain via our nervous system, our hypothalamus responds by creating serotonin, lightening our mood.

For aromatherapy, Lavender is known for calming, Peppermint for stimulating the brain, Eucalyptus for clearing congestion, Rosemary for the health of our respiratory system and Ylang Ylang for alleviating insomnia and nervous tension.  Used topically, Essential Oil use is a natural and powerful secret weapon, offering a mecca of skin, hair and body treatments for sore muscles, dry skin, dull hair and blemishes.  Enter the world of essential oils, and your body, mind and soul will thank you.

A few favorites:

For an energy shower, put a drop of peppermint essential oil in each corner of your shower before turning on the water.

A quick lift in mood, combine Eucalyptus and water in a spray bottle and spritz your space.

Before bed, place a few drops of lavender behind your neck and around your shoulders for a better night of sleep.

For a dry scalp this winter, a few drops of tea tree oil on your scalp does the trick.