Aromatherapy and the Body

This blog post is the second in a series of four examining how aromatherapy supports the health and well-being of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This month, we take a look at aromatherapy and the body by examining how essential oils support physical health and comfort. There is extensive scientific research covering the naturally occurring chemical components found in plant extracts. I discuss just some of these components and share examples of how I have used them in my practice.

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Aroma and the Brain

When we hear the term “aromatherapy,” often the first thing that comes to mind is something we smell. Although smell is only a small part of aromatherapy, I find it to be an important method of addressing patterns of stress and trauma held within the body-mind-spirit system. In this post, I examine our sense of smell, the brain, and how aroma connects with memory, emotions, and stress.

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The Path of Spring

With its longer days, scented breezes, and enthusiastic birdsong, Spring brings a sense of renewed hope, expansion, and transformation. As bare and muted tree branches sprout fresh green leaves and colorful blossoms, I feel a sense of opening within myself. How do you feel when you notice the natural wonders around you? Do you get swept up in the stories that Nature tells? 

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Living With Intention

An intention is a statement of purpose that guides future actions. It is like a mission statement for a project, a day, or an entire life. It becomes a blueprint and any actions moving forward support its creation in the physical realm. Our intentions shift and change just as we, and our projects, grow and evolve.

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How Spending Time In Forests Benefits Your Health

In the 1980s, shinrin-yoku, meaning "forest bathing" or "taking in the forest atmosphere," was developed in Japan and has become an important part of Japanese preventive healthcare and healing. Scientific research has established its many health benefits and shinrin-yoku is spreading across the world. Excursions to forests reduce feelings of stress, improve mood and vibrancy, balance the nervous system, calm the stress response, and support immune system health.

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Honor Yourself In The New Year

With the beginning of each new year, many of us make intentions or resolutions to improve one or more aspects of our lives. Usually it comes down to the core goal of being happier, healthier, and living more freely. However, in order for our outer circumstances to improve—better family relationships, making new friends, maintaining physical fitness, choosing courageously—our inner experience must first get better. We must fully accept, love, and be confident with who we are in each moment so that we make self-honoring choices on the way to reaching our resolutions. 

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What Is Reiki's Place In Holistic Healthcare?

Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that helps us return to balanced functioning on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Balance can mean different things at different times, depending on our present state. I have witnessed a Reiki treatment calm anxiety before dental treatment. It has increased energy and brought clarity to a client suffering from a concussion.

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