Clary Sage Essential Oil comes from a plant with fuzzy leaves that comes primarily from Southern Europe, although it also can come from Morocco or Russia. The Latin name for it is Salvia Sclarea and has been reported to be of excellent benefit in aromatherapy to help with self esteem and confidence, and to help alleviate symptoms of depression. It can be distributed in a vaporizer or oil burner and even in a relaxing bath to calm and soothe your troubles away.
Scent has always been regarded as a powerful thing. It can make us feel happy, evoke a memory, even turn us on or off. It is also a personal thing – where one person can bathe in the scent of roses and feel happy, another will find it cloying and too strong. Almost nothing can take us back to a moment in time, faster. It is also something we want in our homes as a part of creating the environment we want to live in. One of the most popular scents, with a long history can be found in patchouli oil.
The term “aromatherapy” usually conjures up pleasant smelling day spa treatments, or often some seemingly frivolous aromatic application. While it’s been the case for some time that researchers have been investigating many medical uses of essential oils: anti-viral, anticancer etc, there are very few studies that look at the effects of inhaling essential oils. There’s a few showing lowered aggression and less stress in mice and rats, yet almost no research performed with human subjects. From the scientific research, it is clear that essential oils are real medicine, with real medical applications, but does their inhalation for the effect of the scent have valid scientific backing?
Uh oh. Chemistry – the word itself can make one’s eyes glaze over. But wait, this is “essential oil chemistry’. MUCH more fun! While even beginning aromatherapy students are put off by the mere mention of the subject, they eventually realize the importance of understanding at least the fundamentals. The basics of essential oil chemistry will help you appreciate what gives a fine oil its unique aroma, help you more carefully discern a good oil from a second-rate one, and can improve your practice of using essential oils therapeutically. The greatest benefits of essential oils lies in their potential for true medicinal applications, where their antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are effectively utilized. And it is the understanding of their chemistry that enables the practitioner to select the right oils and use them most appropriately. Convinced? Well here’s a primer to get you started…
One of the great concerns of the aromatherapy practitioner is keeping their essential oils at their best. If one buys a good stock of oils, how should they be kept? The answer is a little complex, requiring diligence and knowledge about each type of oil, and the most protective means by which an oil can be stored. Let’s take a look at the range of possibilities, and how you can most easily care for your stock of precious therapeutic essential oils.
It is surprising enough that every new dimension of human existence reveals a new secret and arouses newer aspects related to the successful existence of the human race. One such highly mysterious and quite unknown aspect that helps govern the human body and the human mind is the network of the seven chakras that are held in the human body as 7 circles of energy.
Meditation is traditionally regarded as one of the most potent forms of realizing ones spiritual being, and in the process, one can live a healthy and aware life. Different people adopt different meditation styles, but if theres one universally acceptable mode of meditation, that has to be the Chakra Meditation.
At the outset, let me share a secret that very few people in the world know (and if they know, they dont acknowledge it!). All the human beings have a huge reservoir of energy, large enough to make sure that our physical and mental health always remains upbeat. This secret is a commonplace among large Hindu and Buddhist population in India and other parts of the world, for most Americans and Europeans, this is an invaluable piece of information, which theyd like to explore further.