The first in a series of articles, exploring the physical senses and their effects on our wellbeing, as well as how to playfully include them into your personal rituals.
With spring already in full bloom and the approaching summer season nipping at our heels, we can’t help but be overtaken by the abounding fragrances blossoming around us like lavender, cherry blossoms, jasmine, and rose hips just to name a few. And during this unique time of increased quietude we find ourselves more sensitive than ever to the effects our surroundings have on our senses. The combination of this heightened awareness along with spring’s unique bouquet, comes a certain sensibility for how our olfaction can greatly influence our general mood and well-being.
The incredible effect scent has on our well-being
The sensory system’s response to stimuli, in this case to smell, can have a profound effect on our state of consciousness, having for example arguably the most prominent effect on memory of all the 5 physical senses. It has been greatly documented that scent, emotion and memory are very much intertwined due to the fact that they are all processed in the same region of the brain.
How can we, therefore, approach the art of scent mindfully and use this form of stimulation to intentionally uplift the mood and connect more to the present moment and our inner spirit? The art of aromatherapy, for example, is an ancient method using natural plant extract for the purposes of healing to promote mind-body-spirit connection.
While there are almost endless essential oils available to us in this day and age, it’s hard to know where to start when first exploring the world of aromatherapy and incorporating essential oils into our daily use. We think one of the best ones to start experimenting with is the humble yet classic lavender essential oil.
The healing powers of lavender
Dating back to its original use over 2500 years ago in ancient Egypt, it is clear that lavender has a long and rich history in its varied uses. Some believe even that lavender is the actual essential oil which sparked the very term “aromatherapy” when in 1937 the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse used lavender oil medicinally to help cure a burn, which then spurred his curiosity about the healing powers of essential oils.
Since then lavender has been used to treat numerous neurological issues such as migraines, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety and depression just to name a few. And with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it’s no wonder why lavender is the go to oil as an addition to skin care products of all sorts.
Do you love lavender as much as we do? Share your preferred products and rituals below!