S. LEE WRIGHT
HOLISTIC INNER DESIGNS
Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it. ~Patrick Suskind
Aromatherapy is an ancient practice, though it is only just becoming more popular in the past few years. Aromatherapy is the natural distillation of essential oils from plants to harmonize, balance and help the overall well-being of a person in body, soul and spirit.
Lavender is one of the most popular scents used

Lavender is one of the most popular scents used

As a professionally trained Aromatherapist for almost two decades, I have instinctively always known that scent was very important. It is the least used of all five of our senses, though it plays a vital role in our MEMORY, MOOD, BEHAVIOR and EMOTIONS. It connects us with childhood memories of being in your grandmother’s kitchen as she bakes your favorite pecan pie, or alerts you to danger when you notice the smell of gas or fire. It is also one of the most important aspects of attraction between two people and is something the perfume industry has used to its advantage for decades. Subtly your sense of smell affects you on a daily basis. Research says that to lose one’s sense of smell can lead to a sense of disconnectedness and deep depression.

 

AROMAS IN INTERIORS
Not only is Aromatherapy gaining popularity as a holistic healing methodology, it is also becoming the newest trend in interiors. Olfactory branding is a new trend involving the creation of a customized scent as part of the overall design process for larger retail and corporate brands such as Trump Towers and Intercontinental Hotels.
Flowers add scent to your spaces

Flowers add scent to your spaces

Using the power of AROMA in your own life and spaces can help to transform your life with enhanced health, the recollection of happier memories, and even to entice people to linger longer, talk more freely and to be generally less stressed. Essential oils have a very powerful effect on you and your spaces. You just need to start using them to share in the benefits of this effective practice.

 

HOW IT WORKS
Smells get into our bodies through our noses. When we breathe in a scent, our olfactory sensors in our noses send messages to our brains that affect our nervous systems – and ultimately our emotions. Research now also confirms that scents can also alter our immune systems and bodily functions such as decreasing inflammation, getting rid of that nasty cough via anti-viral properties, stimulating better productivity with enhanced memory, or reducing the pain of a sunburn.

 

MY OWN DAILY AROMA RITUALS:
  • HOUSECLEANER & HEALTH BOOST.
    • I use LEMON essential oil and water to clean my countertops. Not only is the lemon oil anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, it also lifts my spirits as a mood enhancer.
    • It is noted for its multiple health benefits, from enhancing weight loss to improved digestion. You can either use the essential oil or actual lemon juice. I also drink water with lemon to give myself a health boost!images
  • MOTIVATION & HEALTHY HAIR RINSE.
    • I use ROSEMARY daily to help motivate my business activities and remove any stress headaches. Being a small business owner can have its benefits as well as challenges. I use rosemary on my desktop to remind me to stay focused and to unwind any stresses, especially when I am working on the computer for hours at a time. It improves memory and reduces aches and pains.
    • I also add a few drops of rosemary to my shampoo to enhance my hair growth and keep it healthy. Research indicates rosemary is a free radical fighting powerhouse and is known to have anti-cancer properties as well; therefore I feel this helps to counterbalance the many toxins that come into my life that I cannot control.imgres
  • COMBAT COLDS & STOP SMELLS.
    • Use EUCALYPTUS oil to combat colds and flu, respiratory infections, sinus infections and allergies. For me, this is an essential part of my life during the cold winter months when my immune system is often challenged. One of the main benefits of eucalyptus is it is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, not to mention an antiseptic. It is an important oil to use to help kick these types of nasty health issues. Burning it in a diffuser all night long provides the most powerful results.
    • It is also good to add it to household cleaning rituals to remove any unwanted smells. Adding a few drops to your laundry rinse cycle, in your vacuum cleaner, or into those stinky shoes will remove odors due to its anti-microbial properties and strong scent.

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HOW TO USE
One of the biggest obstacles I have experienced with getting others to start using essential oils is figuring out HOW to use them. Aromas can be used in a variety of ways such as adding essential oils to your bath, lotions, potions, and sprays. However, to get the aromas into your HOUSE, the best method is to do this by using an electric DIFFUSER. This will get the powerful aspect of SCENT and all its many benefits into your interior spaces quickly, easily and safely.
Not all diffusers are created equal and there are many to choose from:
Nebulizer diffusers, ultrasonic/humidifying diffusers, heat diffusers, or evaporative diffusers. My preference has always been the ultrasonic/humidifying diffusers for the simple reason that they offer the best value for money and are easy to use. My favorite is both beautiful and functional: InnoGear Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser with Waterless Auto Shut-Off, though there are reviews online of all types. Click here to hear what Wellness Mama has to share: Essential Oil Diffuser Reviews
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Other ways to bring in aromas into your spaces and into your life include fresh flowers, candles (though I would recommend using only high quality and or soy candles to avoid the addition of nasty toxins), and using them directly on yourself such as in lotions, potions and in a bath.  More ideas on how to use them this way to follow in future posts as I have lots of delicious recipes for how to make your own shampoos, lotions and creams!
To kickstart using Aromas in your own house now, you just need to determine what smells you like and get a diffuser to distribute the scents into your spaces.
Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it. ~Mark Twain