Let’s talk about aromatherapy as a way to enhance your care and general wellbeing.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years for its physical and psychological benefits. Today, there is an huge market around aromatherapy and as a result more people are becoming aware of the potential benefits and even experiencing some benefits in their own personal wellness journey. It is gradually gaining recognition in the fields of science and medicine as a modality to explore for its healing potential.
What is aromatherapy?
So, what is aromatherapy? Often what comes to mind is scent related (ie. diffuser, mist, inhaler, etc.). Aromatherapy goes deeper than simply scent. It is a form of holistic therapy that uses natural plant extracts to promote well-being. The use of aromatic essential oils has been shown to enhance feelings of mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Aromatherapy engages the sense of smell and skin absorption through the use of diffusers, aromatic mist/spray, bathing salts infused with essentials oils, body oils and creams, steamers, compresses, and facial and body masks.
What we’re using…
We use aromatherapy in a couple ways at the clinic to enhance chiropractic treatments and to boost feelings of well-being. We diffuse essential oil blends to engage the sense of smell. Some of our favourite blends from doTerra include:
Serenity, a calming blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Wood, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood.
Easy Air, a fresh, invigorating, and calming blend of Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, Ravensara. (Sometimes Adrienne blends this with Serenity for a subtly minty fresh and calm scent)
Purify, an uplifting blend that is great at eliminating odors. It is fresh and citrus forward, containing Lemon, Siberian Fir, Citronella, Lime, Tea Tree, Cilantro.
Our current favourite at home is Balance. It is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Osmanthus. It is warm and woody. For us, the blend immediately creates a sense of calm and focus. Providing us with some much needed balance in our busy lives.
More ways to use essential oils
In addition to diffusing essential oil blends, we have personally experienced enhanced well-being from using essential oils by adding them to creams or oils (coconut oil is great for this). Dr. Stacey often uses Copaiba in creams for its calming effect. Another great one for use on the skin is Deep Blue oil and rub lotion. These are favourites for the soothing and cooling effects of the essential oil blend, including, Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Osmanthus. Also, great for sore muscles.
We enjoy sharing our favourites with our Eastpoint community and are always open to hearing about your favourites as well. If you have any questions about how we use aromatherapy or what we are using don’t hesitate to ask. Dr. Stacey is a wealth of information in this area. We even keep some blends in the office for patients to purchase and try at home.
Finally, while we have experienced enhanced well-being we recognize that the scientific evidence for aromatherapy is limited in some areas. Also, we know that although we enjoy aromatherapy not everyone is comfortable with different scents being used. And, we make sure to accommodate each individual’s needs while they are in the office.