Wave Goodbye To Negativity – Welcome Positivity
The end of summer brings with it a period of contemplation for many people. Winter will soon be on its way and if you find yourself thinking you’ve not made as much of the year as you would have liked, it’s natural to feel a bit despondent. So many aspirations, so little time . . .
However, falling into a downward emotional spiral over such things is never a good thing since it can often start a chain reaction. When you do feel depressed you are likely to repeat the sort of behaviour that leads to more negative feelings, such as overeating or being isolated.
Consequently, it is important to break the cycle of negativity and bring positive feelings and thoughts back into your life.
Aromatherapy is one of the very best ways to achieve this goal. While it won’t get you that promotion at work or sort out your relationships, it can improve mental well being which makes you better equipped to deal with the stresses of life.
Aromatherapy and mood
Studies have proven that aromatherapy can have a positive effect on mood. In 1998, a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience exposed 40 adults to three minutes of aromatherapy using lavender or rosemary essential oils. Participants were given simple maths problems before and after the treatment.
It was observed that among the group using lavender- which is an essential oil known for relaxation – there was a less depressed mood and people felt more relaxed. Interestingly, they performed the maths questions faster and more accurately after the aromatherapy session. Conversely, among those given rosemary – a stimulating essential oil – there was alertness, but the maths questions weren’t completed as accurately.
Using aroma to elicit a mood
In order to feel more positive as we head into the darker autumn months, harness the power of aroma to elicit the sort of feelings you desire. Essential oils really can help you to change your mind.
Relaxation – Certain essential oils are renowned for imbuing a sense of relaxation. Lavender is one of the most well known but there are other alternatives, such as clary sage, bergamot, roman chamomile, neroli, and ylang ylang essential oil.
Happiness – Lemon essential oil is brilliant for rejuvenation and breeding feelings of good cheer. Indeed, most fresh citrus scents are, including bergamot, sweet orange, grapefruit, and lime. Rosemary is also a natural stimulant and is great for boosting mood, while creating a sense of alertness.
Positivity – Essential oils derived from trees and roots are ideal for strengthening your resolve and ‘grounding’ emotions once you have shaken off the blues. Cedarwood atlas, cypress, frankincense, sandalwood and vetiver essential oil all fall into this category. Others include juniper berry, melissa, and rose.
How to use the essential oils
There are plenty of ways to increase positivity using essential oils. Add a few drops to a burner or vaporiser to fill the room with the scent of your chosen oils. Alternatively, add eight drops to a warm bath, agitate the water to disperse the oils, and climb in and relax.
Some people prefer to put essential oils on the skin during meditation, and if this is your preference then be sure to dilute four to five drops of your chosen essential oil with 10ml of carrier oil or lotion.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2014. Written by Geoff Lyth