9:47 a.m. – While the rest of the country is buried under ice and snow, Portland has been experiencing an early spring this year. Yes, the cherry blossoms are blooming and the daffodils are showing off their brilliant regalia. The air smells wonderful and the sun has been shining warmly upon our fair city. Hard to believe this is MARCH!
While Portland is magnificent when spring shows up, there is one distinct disadvantage….namely, spring fever.
College professors do not consider spring fever a viable alternative to doing one’s work. sigh. I am currently working on a capital punishment sentencing case…picking it apart, line-by-line…pouring over law books, contrasting the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics, examining the scientific methodology used to conduct the defendant’s competency evaluation…and it is intense, requiring an abnormal amount of concentration and page-after-page of typing, re-typing, verifying, citing, substantiating, reading and re-reading. It is tedious work that requires more concentration than I possess…..so what do I do? Where do I turn for some relief from the intensity of this grueling work? Aromatherapy!
For years, I was a skeptic of the benefits of aromatherapy. However, once I began to study brain science and could read actual studies and understand them, I began to understand that it really does have benefits.
Four out of our five senses—sight, sound, touch, and taste—receive sensory data from the environment which is transferred through the nervous system to the brain. At the brain level, data is interpreted based on our mental schemas or mental filters. For instance, when a person hears a cat meowing, that meow is really a sound vibration that is received by the ears. The ears, in turn, send that signal to the brain where the person perceives the sound to be from a cat. If the person initially “learned” that sound was from a cat then he or she would interpret the sound data according to that belief system. Ok….Here is where aromatherapy comes in.
When it comes to the sense of smell, a fragrance is received by the receptors in the nose. That signal is transferred to the olfactory bulb located in the limbic portion of the brain. Because smell data doesn’t first travel to the nervous system and instead goes directly to the brain, it is said that smell is the brain’s direct link to the environment. All smells have their own signature frequency. If they didn’t have their own vibration we wouldn’t be able to tell one scent from another.
Since the human body is really energy it makes sense to use energy based products that are in alignment with us so as to support our body and mind. We have the human body, then we have organs that make up the human body, then we have cells that make up the organs, then we have atoms that are the blueprint for the cells and at the subatomic level there are electrons, vortexes of energy. Science shows what Einstein said: Everything is energy, including humans.
When it comes to the botanical essences of aromatherapy, their natural ability to enhance our health and well-being are without a doubt in alignment with our vibrational nature. But whether one believes in quantum physics or not, aromatherapy really works!
These are the best oils to use to enhance concentration:
- frankincense oil
- sandalwood oil
- melissa oil
- cedarwood oil
- blue cypress oil
- lavender oil
- helichrysum oil