• Diffusing Essential Oils

If you’ve never used essential oils or are new to them, the whole idea of diffusing an essential oil to help treat what’s bothering you, may seem a little kooky.  I totally get it.  It’s not for everyone. But if you’re open to it, they can be a great way to try to heal and comfort our minds and bodies.  I don’t use my essential oils for everything, but when I’m feeling rundown and tired and need a pick me up, I’ll grab my oils.  When I’m feeling stressed out and can’t get my mind to be quiet, I’ll grab my oils.  My daughter had an upset stomach the other day, so you guessed it; I went straight to my oils. Diffusing Essential Oils for the minor aches and pains, whether physically, mentally or emotionally that comes with everyday life, can do wonders. 

Have you ever been out and come across a smell that just took you back to a past experience or evoked a certain emotion?   Research has shown us that scents are powerful reminders of past experience, much more so than a sights or sound.  Smells go through the olfactory bulb, which is the part of your brain that analyzes smell. It’s closely connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory and emotion.  Researchers believe this close connection may explain why you get those flashbacks of memories when coming across certain scents.

Now that type of “odor-evoked autobiographical memory” experience as it’s called, is out of our control.  But what it shows us is how important the use of smell is in triggering responses in our brain and body.  This is why Aromatherapy is so important and so useful in helping to naturally assist the body in balance and healing itself.

 The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines Aromatherapy as:

“Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.”

If you’d like to get started with diffusing essential oils, diffuser jewelry is a great place to start. The jewelry I design at Angel & Fox isn’t an obvious, in your face essential oil jewelry diffuser.  You can find really beautiful pieces in our collection or other diffusing jewelry lines and nobody would even know that its providing a healing benefit as well!  To use, just place 1-2 drops of your desired oil on the porous lava rock included on your diffuser jewelry or on part of the leather and you’ll be able to catch a whiff of the oil throughout the day.  If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself gathering up your diffuser necklace or putting your diffusing bracelet to your nose during the day to soak in all the aromatherapy goodness!