What are essential oils ?
COVID-19 AND ESSENTIAL OILS?
BEAT THE LOCKDOWN BLUES WITH AROMATHERAPY
I found this article useful. As we do not have any local Bergamot EO, I replace that one by our KAFFIR LIME (MAKRUD in Thai) which has very similar properties and then some more...
Quote : On Monday 23 March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential travel and public gatherings had to stop, and we should all self-isolate to protect the NHS due to the growing threat of coronavirus.
Just about everybody can cope with a few days or so of isolation, but we’ve already had 3 weeks so far in the UK, and a further extension of another 3 weeks has just been announced.
An estimated 3 billion people around the world have been quarantined in their homes for over three weeks now, so it’s inevitable that many people will begin to feel its effects because isolation is an unnatural state for most people.
Life under lockdown : To fight off boredom and keep spirits up people
around the world have been finding ways to amuse and entertain
themselves during the pandemic.
In Italy they have been singing and sharing recipes while in Spain communal staircases have been converted into running tracks!
Staff at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals maternity ward kept their spirits up dancing to the iconic Sister Sledge tune, ‘We are family’, and people around the world have been sharing videos and stories online to keep us all entertained.
But despite all this creative fun, the coronavirus lockdown has led to many people experiencing difficulty sleeping, eating and drinking more than usual, a heightened state of anxiety, plus an increase in family arguments. Well that figures, since in ordinary times a typical couple spends only about 3 hours a day together on average, but now under lockdown they are together in isolation for 24 hours, every single day. And that’s not even taking the children into consideration. What could possibly go wrong!
Break the cycle of fear : Arguing over who drives the TV remote or who gets to choose the evenings takeaway meal is one thing, but being confined with partners and children all day, every day, for the foreseeable future is another thing entirely.
The usual avenues of ‘escape’ (by
going out) are blocked during lockdown and close confinement acts as an
emotional amplifier when there is no physical space between ourselves
and those in the family we’re having conflict with.
It’s at times like this when aromatherapy is an absolutely invaluable de-stressing and calming remedy.
A global pandemic can be scary and it’s only natural to be stressed about it, which in turn causes even more tension, and so the cycle continues. Thankfully, using soothing and calming essential oils around the house can help break this cycle of fear and uncertainty while creating a more positive, supportive atmosphere for everyone. Including the kids!
ESSENTIAL OILS CAN HELP : Here are some of the most effective essential oils for beating stress and promoting relaxation:-
• Basil • Bergamot
• Chamomile Roman • Clary sage
• Frankincense • Geranium
• Juniper Berry • Lavender
• Marjoram Sweet • Neroli
• Patchouli • Rose otto
• Sandalwood • Vetiver
• Ylang ylang
You can add your essential oils to a bath (after dilution), put them in massage blends, or use them in a vaporizer or diffuser anywhere around the house.
The science bit
Some essential oils can block the neural connections that trigger the increase in adrenalin and cortisol when we’re worried and stressed.
Other essential oils can actually stimulate the release of
neurochemicals and hormones such as serotonin that help to slow the
heart rate, regulate blood pressure, and stimulate the immune system.
This action help us to return to a more normal, relaxed state.
These particular essential oils can be either inhaled, added to a bath, or applied to the skin in a massage. When essential oils are diffused in a room, the molecules of the oil are absorbed in to the bloodstream via the lungs and affect the limbic system of the brain, helping to regulate over-excited emotions.
Essential oils to beat the lockdown blues
Many essentials oils can be used to ease the lockdown blues and also help to maintain a positive outlook. A few of these essential oils includes;-
BERGAMOT aka Combawa essential oil : In 2011, a study at the
National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that Bergamot
essential oil worked to reduce hormone responses to stress. Bergamot is
known as an uplifting oil that is believed to have a balancing effect on
the nervous system. In Asia, this fruit is better known as Kaffir Lime or Makrud (in Thai)
Add a few drops to a vaporiser or burner or add eight drops to a warm bath and agitate the water well.
FRANKINCENSE essential oil : is a powerfully relaxing essential oil
that helps promote deep breathing and can reduce blood pressure, thereby
restoring calm and quietness to mind and body.
After any conflict around the house or when feelings of anxiety start to kick in, use frankincense essential oil in a burner or vaporiser. Breathe deeply and relax.
LAVENDER essential oil : A study at United Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota USA, found that systematically using Lavender essential oil reduced preoperative anxiety in surgical patients. It also has benefits among other anxiety sufferers and research has shown applications of the oils – whether through a vaporiser or burner, massage or warm bath – can reduce symptoms.
PATCHOULI essential oil : Like frankincense, Patchouli essential oil is a sedative that can help to ease worry and anxiety. This essential oil has a balancing effect and is often used by aromatherapists to combat lethargy and tiredness. This oil should come in handy over the continuing lockdown!
Essential oils for better sleep
Since the lockdown began, many people have reported having trouble sleeping because the change in daily routine is proving to be so disruptive and worrying.
If you have difficulty sleeping, take a warm bath with 2 drops of geranium, 2 drops of sandalwood and 1 drop of Bergamot before going to bed. The divine fragrance is soothing and relaxing and will really help calm down your thoughts, preparing you for a good night’s sleep. Use Frankincense oil if you don’t have any Sandalwood since it delivers its own, but similar therapeutic qualities.
Before retiring to bed after a challenging day of lockdown living, add a blend of clary sage, bergamot and frankincense oils to a vaporiser of diffuser in your bedroom, and it will fill the air with a delightful, relaxing aroma to help you get a good night’s sleep. These essential oils all help to relax states of stress, worry and agitation.
may have feelings of insecurity due to the unwelcome changes in your
life at the moment. If so, use jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood and
vetiver oils since they help instil confidence. As soon as you begin to
feel stronger within yourself you will be able to take control of things
and feel a sense of normality again.
It’s only natural to be anxious and fearful about what the future might bring during times of uncertainty when you feel you have no control over the events in your life during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s nothing more we can do other than staying at home and socially isolating etc, so don’t make yourself sick with worry over things you can not change. You’re already doing all that you can.
Use your essential oils in as many ways as you can to remain positive during this extremely difficult time. Using the correct essential oils will help calm your worries and instil the strength and courage you need to get through the coronavirus pandemic.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2020. Written by Geoff Lyth
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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
The ancient Egyptians understood that woods and resins were giving off subtle perfumes while burning. But it has taken several centuries before we could transform flowers, fruits and plants into essences.
Essential oils, or “essences” are highly concentrated substances extracted from various parts of aromatic plants and trees.
They are usually captured by steam distillation, which is a process that can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia.
Essential oils are very different from ordinary vegetable oils, like corn or olive oil because the plant essences are highly volatile and will evaporate when left in the open air.
The chemistry of essential oils is very complex. Most consist of hundreds of components, such as terpenes, alcohols, aldehydes and esters.
For this reason, one single oil can help in many different health disorders. For instance, Lavender is endowed with antiseptic, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-depressant, sedative and analgesic properties.
Moreover, due to their tiny molecular structure, essential oils applied to the skin, can easily be absorbed into the bloodstream.
They can also reach the blood when their aromatic molecules are being inhaled. In the lungs, they pass through the tiny air sacs into the surrounding blood capillaries via a diffusion process.
Once they have reached the bloodstream, the aromatic molecules will interact with the body’s chemistry.
HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS PROCESSED?
The processing starts with the collection of hundreds of bags filled with thousands of fresh flowers which are kept in a cooled room and protected from the light.
After a while, these flowers will be loaded into a special container where they will be submitted to the most appropriate treatment such as Steam distillation, Solvent extraction or “Enfleurage”.
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