AROMATHERAPY AWARENESS WEEK 2020 8th-14th JUNE…

Aromatherapy Awareness Week is an annual national campaign hosted by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) to raise awareness of the clinical benefits of aromatherapy. Held in the second week of June, it seeks to educate the public about the difference aromatherapy can make to your life and the lives of people in your care.

The therapeutic benefits of essential oils have been known since ancient times and have been successfully used by medical practitioners in other European countries since the early 20th Century. Since 1985 the IFA has been heavily involved in research in the UK and there is now a strong body of evidence which supports the therapeutic benefits of clinical aromatherapy with a variety of conditions. Over the last thirty years, the IFA has pioneered aromatherapy in the NHS, hospices and hospitals and is the reason why many therapists are working in collaboration with the medical profession today.

Aromatherapy is a combination of two words “aroma” which means smell or fragrance, and ‘therapy” which means a treatment for the body, mind, or social condition of a person, to assist a process where healing and change can take place.


“Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center,” Mehmet Oz, MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City stated. “This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously”.
It is a method of healing using very concentrated essential oils that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. Alan Hirsch, MD, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, believes you don’t have to limit yourself to essential oils. Limiting the length of your exposure to certain scents, however, will ensure they remain effective. “Short-term exposure is key because people stop responding to scents after a few minutes.”

On a personal note, Aromatherapy was the first type of alternative therapy that I had after my second surgery. The hospital I was staying in employed a lady who gave the treatment either while you were in hospital or you could have private treatment. She definitely had healing hands as far as I was concerned and, although I am quite sure some of the relief was placebo-effect, I still had regular treatments with her for a short pain-free time.

THE BENEFITS OF USING AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSERS FOR TRAVEL…

Not all places in the world smell nice. If you plan to go on a vacation or do some travelling, then you won’t be able to enjoy sweet-smelling air quality that often. Some people aren’t bothered by this, but there are some that are. It’s not a shame to wanting to breathe in clean and pleasant air. Of course, it’s not the air itself that smells sweet. It is the aromatherapy diffusers that make it that way.

Have you ever smelled or used an essential oil? They smell wonderful. Imagine putting them in a device and have that pleasant smell spread everywhere in the room. How awesome is that? You won’t have to breathe in the poor air quality anymore. It’s one thing to have the device in your home. You come from work or school stressed out; you turn the device on and start to relax. For other interesting facts about the product, check out bemoxe.com.

But what happens when you plan on going on a vacation? What happens when you plan to travel the world? Well, here’s some good news for you. You can take the device with you and keep it with you at all times. Here are some of the things that will make that happen:

PORTABILITY
The aromatherapy diffusers are not huge. In fact, they are just the right size so you can put them in your backpack or suitcase. How cool is that? You can take your diffuser with you and every time you check into a room, you can turn it on. If the device is something that you’ve gotten quite used to, then it is reasonable to take it with you. Those hotel rooms are not always the best, but you can make them the best. Once you turn the device on, it will be like you are in your own home.

EASY TO USE

There’s not much to the device to try and figure out. They have different designs and sizes but they all function basically the same. If you take it with you on your travels, you won’t have a problem with how to use it. After you leave the hotel, you can take the diffuser with you. That’s why they are so popular; you can carry them with you and use them almost every single day. On the plus side, they are incredibly easy to handle and before you know it, you are in a meadow of sweet-smelling sounds. Read more here.

WONDERFUL AIR QUALITY

As mentioned above, you will not always encounter rooms that smell nice. But you can do something about that. The beauty of the device is that you can use many different oils. Once you get tired of the first one, change it to another scent. Either way, the air quality will start to smell wonderful and you can begin to feel the stress leaving your body. Everyone wants to smell something nice. Why would you feel any different? That’s why you shouldn’t waste any more time and take the device with you.

BETTER SLEEP

Travelling from one place to another is exhausting, especially if you enter different time zones constantly. You will often feel tired. That’s why you need to sleep to begin to feel functional once more. Having your aromatherapy diffuser with you can be of great help. You can turn it on as you prepare to go to bed and let the smell consume you. It will be much easier to fall asleep and rest your body. Once you get up, you can begin to explore the city and overall enjoy your vacation in a foreign country.

PRACTICALITY

It is clear enough that there are a lot of benefits tied to the diffusers. One of the best things about the device is its practicality. The product can make you feel content, help you sleep better, beautify the air quality and it’s easy to carry around with you. What more could a traveller want? You won’t make the mistake of buying one right now. After you start using it, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

And, they make great Christmas gifts.

AROMATHERAPY ADVICE ON WHAT OILS TO AVOID…

I have written a lot about aromatherapy oils used in an aromatherapy massage as I really think it helps relax your muscles and the pain of Fibromyalgia.

I personally use Lavender oil to mix with a hand cream as I find just rubbing my hands with it before I go to sleep very therapeutic but I did not appreciate how some oils are not suitable for certain conditions.

The infographic below from Pinterest shows you in detail which ones to avoid if you have certain medical conditions.

10 HABITS THAT CAUSE BACK PAIN…

This infographic from Inversion Table Review Blog has 10 very important habits that can cause back pain.

They are simple every day movements that can greatly affect your back.

Sitting for too long is the classic one and one I think young children are doing far too much of that nowadays.

Having poor posture. When we were young you were awarded posture belts for good posture at school. They don’t seem to do that now.

Skipping exercise. Again the younger generation seem to prefer to sit with their iPhones which seems to have become the norm now.

Overlooking an unhealthy diet. With so many ready meals available, it has also become the norm to just buy a meal to pop in your microwave or oven but until home cooking is taught from an early age I don’t think this will alter quickly.

Sleeping on an old mattress. This is a fairly new idea to alleviate back pain. We do change ours regularly but was something that you probably didn’t do years ago,

Wearing high heels. I’m afraid I was very guilty of that but the fashion now is easy to follow in low or flat heels when not out on the town.

Letting stress build up. This is something I have written about before and is definitely applicable for people in any type of pain.

Watching too much tv. I guess this applies to point three and skipping exercise as so many people just watch some of screen for hours on end.

Ignoring back pain. This is very very important as the longer you leave it before you seek advice or help the harder it will be to sort the problem out.

ESSENTIAL OILS WITH ESSENTIALLY INSPIRED BLOG…

If you love essential oils (and who wouldn’t) then you must pop over to Essentially Inspired Blog written by Shaina Dickson from Ontario, Canada

Her blog covers everything you could possibly ever need to know about essential oils from conditions and oil remedies, DIY essential oils, Food and essential oils, Giveaways, Necklaces, Oil. Blends, products and the list goes on.

There are online health classes, a link to her etsy shop where you will find her lovely necklaces and other places you can purchase her oils from.

Sit down and relax and enjoy browsing this amazing site. You’ll feel relaxed just reading through it.

As an avid fan of oils I have written a number of posts on them. Essential Oils for Back Pain and Fibromyalgia can be found here. And another very popular post on Why I Am a Huge Fan of Essential Oils, can be found here. My love of essential oils goes back 20 years.