Does It Smell Good? It May Also Be Good For You!
Aromatherapy is a natural type of therapy that has been in use for thousands of years. It involves the use of essential oils extracted from plants to promote physical and emotional well-being. The benefits of aromatherapy are many and varied, and it is a safe and effective way to improve your overall health.
In our discussion of our NOGA® brand, we explained the significance of the word NOGA® according to the Torah. (CLICK HERE). The Torah believes that everything was created with a purpose. Thus, all creations in the natural world have meaning and significance. Nothing was made in vain. Those parts of the natural world that have no commandment associated with them can be elevated or used for the opposite. These fall into the category of the “k’lipas NOGA.” Regarding our topic, plants, flowers, vegetables, and trees have curative properties when properly prepared and utilized. Here, we will discuss the benefits of aromatherapy.
I use aromatherapy, practically daily. I most often use it at bedtime for its ability to promote relaxation and sleepiness. A few years ago, I performed at a Shabbaton in Canada. On Sunday, we were treated to a tour of a kosher winery and a lavender farm! My sister and I love lavender, so we splurged on some items in the shop. From those purchases, I discovered a high-quality brand of lavender that smells wonderful, and knocks me out better than any other one I have used over the years. (NEOB Lavender Farm – Niagara Falls, Canada)
The use of essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and bergamot can help calm the mind, reduce feelings of anxiety, and improve overall mood. Additionally, they are a very helpful sleep aid (as I can attest). Essential oils can be used in a diffuser, added to a warm bath, dabbed on the clothes or bedding, or applied directly to the skin in a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. I have a diffuser in my office that I only use energizing and “upbeat” oils such as citrus (orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, etc. These oils are helpful during the day for alertness and focus. However, in my bedroom, I have another diffuser which I almost use solely with lavender and relaxing oils to induce sleep, improve sleep quality and duration.
Various mood disorders such as depression can be ameliorated by using oils such as lemon, peppermint, and frankincense. These can also be used in a diffuser, a bath, or applied topically. Not only are essential oils beneficial for emotional reasons, but they can help us physiologically as well. For instance, eucalyptus has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used for respiratory issues, as well. Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is often used to treat skin infections, wounds, and acne. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils can boost energy levels.
It’s important to choose high-quality oils from a reputable source to get the most benefit. I have used various brands and have found some to be better than others. However, each person should find the aroma that suits him or her. Follow the instructions on the bottle since it’s important to be careful when applying essential oils directly on the body since they can irritate the skin, and some people are more sensitive than others. Generally, however, aromatherapy is considered a safe and effective way to improve your physical and emotional well-being. Whether you’re dealing with stress and anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, or fatigue, there is likely an essential oil that can help. By incorporating aromatherapy into your daily routine, you can promote a greater sense of calm, balance, and overall health.
In an upcoming installment, we’ll discuss the Torah’s angle on the importance of aroma, the sense of smell, and the spiritual significance of these concepts. Then, hopefully, we’ll launch our new product brand, “Aromatherapeutics™.” A friend and healing colleague and I will be offering some healing aromas for our Toratherapeutics® and NOGA Wellness Solutions® audience. Keep your eyes peeled, and nose open and clear. Additionally, Until then, “smell good.” 😊
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