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"What went wrong is that being the technologically sophisticated primates that we think we are, we've ripped apart these leaves, taken the chemical out, concentrated them down, injected them into our bloodstreams and then asked why we have a problem. --Intoxification: Life in Pursuit of Artificial Paradise by Siegel
Emotional Well Being
We sometimes wonder if by resorting to all the synthetics drugs for our emotional difficulties (Prozac, Librium, Valium) if we are not on the wrong track or taking the lesser approach to health and simply suppressing symptoms instead working with a physician- healer to assist our body-minds own healing powers to rebalance and conduct the life force to the fullest extent by moving in harmony with the universal life force.
Holistic healing is becoming a major influence and even modern allopathic medical science agrees there is no "magic bullet" that will cure the majority of our ailments. Good health is clearly linked to diet and lifestyle management. More than ever individuals are coming to their senses and understanding not only "you are what you eat" but "you become what you smell." More serious is the whole matter of Indoor Air pollution.
For many years medical science has been based on a generic or mass-market approach to health. All the diet, fitness, and yoga gurus are proselytizing why their approach is the best.
There are as many blends recommended as there are herbal traditions and approaches to healing. For convenience we have reduced it to five holistic approaches to blending.
All these modalities of healing suggest different approaches to using essential oils.
Considering at Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine there are multiple approaches to deal with anxiety because both these disciplines take into account the individuals basic constitution. Traditionally these two approaches focus on balancing disharmonies within the Five Phases rather than suppressing or eliminating the symptom itself.
We are always expanding our database to take into account all the approaches, consulting with individual experts to narrow down the choices, and continually travel looking to meet more reliable suppliers of richer or more pleasant organic essential oils.
The approach you ultimately choose does not have to mutually exclusive. You may want to combine different healing approaches. If you persist you can find blend that represents the healing traditions you have the most confidence in and that smell good enough to use as a regular perfume.
In this database we offer blends or single essential oils that experts seemed to have the most agreement about. We tended to err toward less than more. If we could suggest a single oil instead of three we did that even though it's clear other oils would have similar or equal effect and the synergistic effect of blending oils seems to have real value.
For example, while none of the three experts we consulted on chakras could agree on which blend was the best they could all agree that Lavender was a good choice to use to energize the Ajna Chakra. Still, one expert recommended placing the oil on the charka, another suggested using it for a full body massage or in the bath the other diffusing the oil in the air and breathing it, and the third suggested taking it orally. So in this situation we had to refer back to clinical or medical literature for lavender specifically and because it was generally indicated that it be applied topically that's what we suggested. It does not mean the other methods of administration would be any less valuable.
Consider nutritional approach
But in most general terms One of the main emphasizes on this site it that we need to get sense-ible and rid ourselves, our homes, and work places of artificial influences and synthetic products and fragrances. This is similar to the principal of naturopathic medicine where the first step in healing is to rid the body of toxins by embracing a program of self-cleansing so that it can then begin to employ a diversity of natural non-toxic healing methods and substances to get back into balance.
Let's face it--in America the medical system is financially bursting at the seams, and with continued population growth and trend towards an aging population (who require more and more care), there are going to be fewer and fewer physicians to deal with many more patients. Already, only the wealthiest amongst us have access to the best doctors and medical facilities.
It's becoming critical, to take our health into our own hands as much as possible. Integrating essential oils and other natural healing modalities, and health promoting life style changes is a good place to start. We can choose less invasive healing alternatives over more. Don't choose invasive and potentially toxic medical approaches where aromatherapy is sufficient. Aromatherapy is an excellent and with common sense safe place to explore alternative and more natural methods of healing. Discovering how to balance our emotions through using essential oils to support our basic constitutional needs seems a good point to begin.
The information on this site and the products and services we offer focuses on helping you maintain your emotional balance. We feel there are plenty of experts offering help about physical symptoms. As we researched aromatherapy and emotions we began to find some very reliable information that we felt could be safely applied and a help to anyone.
We all observe how our thoughts, emotions, and our psychological outlook can either enhance or detract from our health. Emotion is of course, plays a vital role in satisfying your expression of love, caring for ourselves, and others. Emotion is the driving force behind choosing a life partner or our best friends and why our pets are so valuable to us.
The Chinese system of diagnosis focus on five basic emotions or primal forces within the human psyche: anger, joy, rumination (thoughtfulness), sorrow, and fear. In Chinese psychology any emotion is not intrinsically good or bad. It is their excess or deficiency that distorts the harmony, the flow of life force. At times all of us experience mad if we are pushed too far, joy when we feel fulfilled, pensive when our attention is focused on ourselves, sorrow over loss, and fear in the face of danger. In Chinese medicine our psychological health is defined in terms of our ability to respond appropriately to all the possible challenges we face. When any single emotional state dominates our behavior, it interrupts the smooth flow of Qi. Then they can become the major influences on health and dis-ease.
It has been known for a very long time that essential oils have a profound effect on our emotions. What we have found with essential oils is that the individual and combined aromas can act as psychological triggers to help us deal with issues in our immediate situation while at the same time calling up memories or scent images from the past that are relevant. As we have said before we believe that the ultimate reward of integrating essential oils into your daily life is the gradual improvement in your lifestyle. You can restore your emotional and mental balance by the daily choices you make.
With holistic approaches, there is no separation between mind, body, and spirit. What happens in your mind also happens to your body and spirit. We have adopted the term psycho-physical to indicate this unity. We could also describe it as emotional-sexual or body-mind, or physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The approach we suggest includes but is not limited to integrating essential oils into your daily life because we look at aromatherapy as just one of the possible approaches but never meant to replace other types of help or stand alone as the only or best approach.
In Ayurvedic medicine, treatment is delivered through all the senses: hearing (mantras), touch (marma massage and hair and skin care products), seeing (meditation on images), taste (nutrition, herms and tea), and smell (nasal cleansing, aromatherapy). They also may recommend pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga, etc. Likewise in Chinese medicine the practitioner may use acupuncture and heat, massage (acupressure), dietary recommendations, breathing exercises and chi gong or tai chi, herbs, or aromatherapy to heal. In western medicine you can choose to see an allopath, a naturopath, a homeopath, a nutritional therapist, a psychotherapist, a masseuse, a personal trainer, a dozen different dietary gurus and an aromatherapist.
We are also researching other constitutional approaches (ayurvedic, metabolic and blood type diets, numerology, astrology that also share this holistic emphasis.) In other words we are not tied to nor do we recommend one particular approach. As we expand our research and association with experts we are looking for similarities between various approaches.
Though the Chinese medical practitioners, and ancient yogis understood that emotional turmoil is carried in the mind, the body, and the spirit western medicine has been slow to accept this. However, we have used the following western approaches to good effect and recommend you check them out:
All these approaches recommend regular exercise as part of the life change.
And finally, as the quote at the beginning of this page reminds us, any sense of unease or dis-ease in the body-mind begins as a spiritual problem.
© 2011 Daisy
"Food nourishes the body,
but flowers nourish the soul."