No fire Aromatherapy is an ancient method of treatment and beauty, Cleopatra ancient palace covered with roses, to China’s Tang Dynasty Yang soaking bath with flowers, can get a glimpse. Modern aromatherapy, in addition to beauty and smell function, was added to the treatment of heart trouble, physical fitness effect. In the increasingly serious air pollution today, because of its magical effect of air purification has become the people’s favorite.
Aromatherapy for brain balancing is a really interesting subject, and something that can be practically extremely helpful, for example to relieve stress instantly, and to break out of thought loops you got stuck in. But there is even more to it than that.
You might have heard that we have preferred halves of our brains who do more work than the other half.
This can’t be a good thing; and for example you can test that out for yourself with your eyes and with your nose.
For example, hold up a finger in front of your face. Look at it with both eyes and note its location. Now cover up one eye, then the other. If one eye gives you the same location as when you’re looking at it with both eyes, and the other a different location, then the way you see is “unbalanced” towards the eye that sees it the same. Ideally, the finger should move both times a little left and right as one eye or the other “looks” at it separately.
The same preference comes into play with our sense of smell.
Take an aromatherapy oil and sniff it with one nostril only, holding the other shut.
Focus on the overall experience, how strong the scent is, what it tastes like in the back of your throat, how it affects your head and the rest of your body.
Now do the same with the other nostril and “spot the difference”.
Most people notice quite a difference in how much they can smell with one nostril or the other – that’s that preferential, unbalanced brain thing at work again.
So the first you can do to help balance your brain is the aromatherapy version of the alternate nostril breathing, where you hold one nostril shut at a time for one breath, then switch to the other for the next to a count of eight.
This is great and very de-stressing; choosing a good matching aromatherapy essential oil, something that you find uplifting or clearing, makes this even more interesting.
An aside – if you pay attention you can notice that one nostril “likes” some aromatherapy essential oils better than the other one, or experiences them completely differently – completely fascinating and good fun, so next time your friends come round, let them have a go, it really is so interesting!
But that’s just the basics of using aromatherapy essential oils for brain balancing.
Now is where it gets really interesting – we are going to use two distinctly different essential oils, one for each nostril, at the same time.
If you think about it, this would never happen in nature – you can only ever smell with both nostrils, what is there at the time. So what exactly that does to your brain, when it gets presented with two totally different scents at the same time, is really quite interesting and an experience in and of itself!