Working with Nature

A dear friend who suffers from chronic illness is planning on writing an article on bringing nature into the home. Bringing nature into our homes and indeed our everyday lives is to my mind what Aromatherapy is about. Essential oils are technically not oils at all but are aromatic substances that are produced by plants for a wide variety of reasons including protection from pests and the attraction of pollinating insects.

There are far more essential oils than I have ever heard about. At any one time I am likely to have between sixty and seventy in the boxes I carry them in for my work as an Aromatherapist. Some I use almost every week, some less than once a month. These substances are also widely used by the perfumery trade with the idea that they will enhance our attractiveness to others or perhaps convey some other image such as authority.

Bringing these scents into the home is something many of us do, particularly in the kitchen where Rosemary, Bay, Marjoram, Thyme and many other herbs containing essential oils  are used.  However we can if we so desire, use essential oils in a more conscious way, using Bergamot in a diffuser if we are feeling depressed or even just a little low. Frankincense if we wish to calm our minds. Lemon if we wish for more clarity of thought, Eucalyptus if we have a cold etc.

Adding massage to the use of essential oils brings another dimension into the use of nature. What can be more natural than to reach out and touch someone who is in distress or hurt. As a child when we fall mummy or daddy will often, “rub it better.” This actually has a scientific basis in that the rubbing produces endorphins which are the pain killers the body produces itself. When a baby cries, the natural response is to pick it up and hold it close.

Another way we can bring nature into the home is by having plants indoors. Again there is evidence that having the green of vegetation where we can see it has a positive effect on our mental health.