Aro­mather­apy For a Healthy

Many are mind­ful of how diet and ex­er­cise af­fect heart health, but aro­mather­apy of­fers com­ple­men­tary sup­port with es­sen­tial oils

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Cheryl Cromer

Heart Many are mind­ful of how diet and ex­er­cise af­fect hearth health, but aro­mather­apy of­fers com­ple­men­tary sup­port with es­sen­tial oils.

The right scent can calm stressed souls. It’s this abil­ity to im­pact anx­i­ety—one risk fac­tor for high blood pres­sure—that makes aro­mather­apy a heart-healthy habit you can in­cor­po­rate into your daily well­ness reg­i­men to fight coro­nary dis­ease.

Es­sen­tial oils are com­posed of var­i­ous in­nate chem­i­cal prop­er­ties that act to help keep the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem run­ning in tip-top shape. Keep your heart­beats steady by tap­ping into the seda­tive prop­er­ties of LAVEN­DER ( La­van­dula an­gus­ti­fo­lia) and the sooth­ing scent of CY­PRESS ( Cu­pres­sus sem­per­virens) as an­ti­dotes to acute stress. Laven­der bat­tles hy­per­ten­sion and is an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to any blend. Cy­press has a woodsy fra­grance that can gen­tly lift away fa­tigue. Add sev­eral drops of each to a dif­fuser for a re­lax­ing evening scent. Some stud­ies in­di­cate that BASIL ( Oci­mum basilicum) and

GIN­GER ( Zin­giber of­fic­i­nale) boost the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem by sup­port­ing healthy ar­ter­ies and lim­it­ing the buildup of bad choles­terol, oth­er­wise known as LDL (low-den­sity lipopro­tein). If you pre­fer a sweeter, qui­eter herbal aroma than basil, choose es­sen­tial oil of HOLY BASIL ( Oci­mum sanc­tum)— equally en­er­giz­ing, but less ag­gres­sive. Both herbs blend well with spicy gin­ger, a warm­ing es­sen­tial oil es­pe­cially suited for the win­ter months. Mix with a drop or two of richly stim­u­lat­ing CIN­NA­MON

BARK ( Cin­namo­mum zey­lan­icum) for an aro­matic balm for the chest and so­lar plexus that will in­crease cir­cu­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion to its an­ti­clot­ting ef­fect on blood platelets, cin­na­mon of­fers anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Nat­u­ral heal­ing oc­curs in the body when in­flam­ma­tion is re­duced. For an af­ter-shower mois­tur­izer that will sup­port over­all cell health, mix 4 ounces of un­scented body lo­tion and 1–2 drops of cin­na­mon bark with sev­eral drops of JU­NIPER ( Ju­nipe­rus com­mu­nis), a crisp aro­matic that is a cleans­ing and bal­anc­ing tonic that will aid blood cir­cu­la­tion.

One last es­sen­tial oil known for low­er­ing blood pres­sure is earthy CLARY SAGE ( Salvia sclarea). Clary sage’s bit­ter scent may take some get­ting used to, but it of­fers the high­est nat­u­ral con­cen­tra­tion of ester, a chem­i­cal prop­erty that calms anx­i­ety.

Bat­tling hy­per­ten­sion? Avoid stim­u­lat­ing es­sen­tial oils of rose­mary, sage, and thyme, which may in­crease blood pres­sure.

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