Human touch can reduce our cortisol levels leading to lower stress levels. It can help reduce our heart rate and lower blood pressure. In fact a lack of human touch can cause a physical stress on our bodies.
Woody, earthy, pungent, warming, heating and grounding. All the words that you want to hear as the cooler days set in.
Lavender. The one essential oil that people will always hold some knowledge about it. Most think it is one of the safest oils but are they right?
Think of the smell of rice pudding. Warming, comforting and calming. A childhood memory for many. Such a complex oil in both its chemistry and aroma. A prime musculoskeletal and psychological oil helping with many emotional issues.
Sweet, sunny and gentle. An oil for troubled babies, children and the child within us all. I adore Roman Chamomile. I visited Inglenook Farm in Liverpool where there were fields of beautiful daisies. Such a gorgeous sight.
You would look at this tall grass and imagine that it would produce a fresh grassy aroma but quite the opposite. It has a heavy, smoky earthy smell that instantly brings calm and sedation.
Some of you may read this and think seriously? Well seriously it has. I view life very differently. My life has been challenging at times. My own children have faced difficulties which have been deeply upsetting but all of this has made me a stronger person coupled with my passion………aromatherapy.
This week I talk about sweet spicy cardamom. The aroma makes me salivate. Hints of lemon sherbet and mint. A warming strengthening oil. Useful for chronic fatigue states.
This week its all about Frankincense. A strong spiritual grounding oil which deepens the breathing and expands the mind.
This week we look at Cedarwood Atlas or in botanical terms, Cedrus Atlantica. Last year when I was visiting Kew Gardens I got to hug one of these magnificent trees.