History of Aromatherapy and Yoga
The history of aromatherapy and yoga used in combination goes back at least 5000 years to ancient India and Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic medicine strives to maintain the harmonious balance of spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being in the individual and this is achieved through a variety of methods, including yoga and aromatherapy.
Positive Aspects of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy provides both physical and mental benefits, particularly when used in conjunction with yoga, and the type of essential oil used for aromatherapy depends on the desired effect, such as:
•Lavender, sage, and carnation aid in fighting depression ease anxiety, and soothe the nerves.
•Jasmine, lemongrass, and orange fight depression and anxiety.
•Sandalwood, rosewood, and thyme are considered aphrodisiacs.
•Eucalyptus, peppermint, and pine are excellent decongestants, and some believe eucalyptus to be
•Ginger, clove, and peppermint can ease feelings of nausea.
•Citrus essential oils can clear a room of stagnant energy and stale air as well as provide a pleasing
In addition, essential oils can be combined in order to simultaneously receive the benefits of all the oils used. Aromatherapy is a natural method for healing the body without the use of synthetic substances that often have unpleasant side effects.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Essential oils can be placed in a diffuser, either alone or in almost any combination, in order to receive the health benefits of the oil. When the scent of the oil is inhaled, it reacts on the nervous system to soothe, ease, and alleviate the particular symptom or symptoms for which the oil is used.
Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin to achieve the same results more quickly. The essential oil is absorbed through the skin and travels to the central nervous system where it attaches to receptors that respond to the essence in the oil.
However, very little essential oil will go a long way. Typically, only a drop or two is used at a time so for a blend of oils, make sure to blend them in a small, dark-colored glass bottle with a tightly fitting lid so that the essential oil mixture stays fresh.
Aromatherapy and Candles
Candles that are infused with one or more essential oils are also an excellent method for delivering aromatherapy, and the soft, flickering light given off by the candle flame enhances the sense of tranquility provided by the oil.
Aromatherapy candles infused with one or more essential oils are commercially available and, for those who are adept at candle-making, custom combinations can be made that will address the particular needs of the individual.
Yoga and Aromatherapy in Combination
Yoga has long been known to enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, increase mental acuity, and lessen the effects of aging by increasing flexibility and stamina. When combined with aromatherapy, the benefits of both are significantly enhanced because the aromatherapy increases the focus necessary for the yoga poses.
The combination of specific essential oils and specific yoga poses used will depend on the objective desired since both the oils and the poses address specific issues.
When using one or more aromatherapy candles in conjunction with yoga, be sure to place the candles a safe distance from the yoga mat so that they are not inadvertently overturned during the yoga movements.