Spring Fever in March??!!

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!

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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.

Albert Einstein once said: “Everything is energy.”

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:

Some of these oils have the added benefit of dissolving petrochemicals that congest the receptor sites of the brain.  There are all kinds of ways to enjoy essential oils.  I use a few different kinds of diffusers.  The one shown in this video is my favorite….but I also have diffusers that plug into my computer’s USB port and a little hand-held, battery-operated one that I can carry with me in my purse. I really like SpaRoom diffusers, but there are a lot of different manufacturers of them.  I just think that for the money and the features offered, SpaRoom diffusers beat the others, hands down.  Regardless of which diffuser I use, I am firmly convinced that they are marvelous inventions.  There are oil blends for just about everything…from anti-aging skin care to meditation to sinus problems to depression to simply conducting happiness straight to the brain.
If you have experience with essential oils and aromatherapy, please leave a comment here to tell me of your experiences with them or drop me a line privately.  I would love to hear what you have to say.  I’m really getting in to these things!
Back to work for me.  My diffuser is on and I think I’ll be able to concentrate now….