The Smell of Emotions

By | August 17th, 2014|Essential Oils, Latest Articles, Newsletter Postings|

Are you sniffing your oils enough?? Recently an article of mine was published for Naturopathic Digest News and Review (NDNR) which discussed the power of olfaction (smell) for pain relief. I have always been fascinated with the topic of pain and, more specifically, how its intensity is affected by stress and emotions. I also have [...]

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Emotions and Essential Oils

By | September 16th, 2008|Essential Oils|

  Most of you may not realize that smell is the only sense that goes directly to the emotional center of your brain. All other senses must go through a rely system. This makes essential oils perfect for aiding with emotional disturbance and brain disorders. The amino acids and blood building constituents in essential oils [...]

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5 Essential Oils to Lower Stress and Increase Happiness Over the Holidays (and Every Day)

By | December 2nd, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Smelling Holiday Cheer The holidays are here and along with them comes more stress. Although the celebrations spur excitement and joy for many, more shopping, additional gatherings, and extra preparations can also trigger feelings of overwhelm. On top of the challenges of the season, we are also dealing with poignant world circumstances that [...]

Holiday Stress! Taming Seasonal Stress and Calming the Senses for a More Serene Holiday

By | November 24th, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Are You in the Holiday Spirit or Holiday Stress? The spirit of the season is upon us. It began with counting our blessings during the Thanksgiving holiday. If we allowed ourselves to harness the physical and mental health benefits of gratitude, we likely felt rejuvenated, inspired, and refreshed from igniting this emotional state. [...]

What is Gratitude and Why Does it Matter? Exploring the Science on the Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude

By | November 18th, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

‘Tis the Time of Year for Gratitude The American and Canadian tradition of Thanksgiving signifies a day to share our blessings with those we cherish. It is a time of gratitude and feeling appreciation for the gifts we have received during the year in passing. For some, the season of togetherness brings great [...]

Relieving Anxiety with Essential Oils: A Case Study on Using Essential Oils for Mind-Body Applications

By | October 21st, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Introduction: How Smell and Aromatics Affect the Mind and Body    Imagine the scent of freshly baked cookies, a whiff of grandma’s apple pie baking in the oven, and the volatile compounds emitted from the pine trees tickling your nostrils as you take a brisk winter walk. It can be easy to overlook the [...]

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3 Ways Menopause Can Change the Brain: The Connection Between Hormones and Cognition

By | October 14th, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Introduction Many are familiar with the role that hormones play in one’s fertility and with our reproductive system. Recently, I highlighted another fact about these chemical messengers that many may not be so aware of. This is how they affect our whole body, including our brain. In fact, hormones can have a large [...]

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Can Hormones Really Make You THAT Angry? What is Perimenopause Rage?

By | September 23rd, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Introduction Many women have experienced mood shifts that co-occur with their menstrual cycles. Furthermore, those that care about them may have witnessed that their loved ones were a bit “off” during “that time of the month.” So, you’ll likely not be surprised when I tell you that sex hormones have a powerful influence [...]

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Can Hormone Regulation Impact Physical Health, Mental Health, and Mood?

By | September 16th, 2022|Articles, Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Mood & Brain, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Introduction Hormones get a lot of attention in the wellness community. This is for good reason. Although they circulate our body in only minuscule amounts, hormones are powerful, complex, and wide-reaching. These chemical signals are one of the main forms of communication between our different organ systems, and that’s a big deal. We [...]

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