How does Aromatherapy help you quit smoking ?

To understand this, we need to know what Aromatherapy is.

Aromatherapy has been prevailing since ages, across countries from Egypt to Greek to China. Essential oils or other Aromatic compounds are used in Aromatherapy.

“Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.” (1)

What are Essential Oils ?

Essential oils are the “essence” of a plant. They are basically volatile oils present in the plants. They are produced when plant synthesises energy of the sun, combined with nutrients and atmospheric gases into aromatic particles. These oils are highly volatile in nature, very potent and have therapeutic effects.

Simply, you must have seen your mother or grandmother using traditional methods to solve your cold and coughs or fever, and sometimes even serious ailments. Essential oil contains those properties of healing of that plant in very concentrated proportions.

Plant “essence” or Essential Oils, then and now has been widely used for medicinal, healing and cosmetic purposes.

So what happens to our body when we smell or inhale essential oil ?

Our sense of smell is 1000 times stronger than our other senses. This smell is primitive and reaches the oldest and the deepest part of our brain. Since the beginning of the time, animals and humans have used the sense of smell for its basic survival, which is why our sense of smell is very strong, intuitive and useful.

When we smell, the aromatic particles connect with hair like cilia in our nose, the olfactory cells produces a nerve impulse which is linked to the Limbic System. Limbic system is responsible for your memories, emotions and survival instincts. Thus essential oils reaches your brain faster, is accepted and understood by your body and its cells, thus healing you from within.

Every smell triggers a different reaction which heals soul body and mind holistically!. Essential Oils are used in Aromatherapy to trigger this reaction.

Essential Oils used in Anti Smoking Potion -

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper Nigrum)

Phytochemicals - alkaloids, terpenoids and other phytochemicals (Formylpiperidine, 4-Terpeneol, Aphellandrene epoxide, Carvacrol, 2-Methyl naphthalene, Piperonal, Dimethoxyphenol, Caryophyllene, 2,4-di-tbutylphenol, β–bisabolene, δ–Cadinene, Elemol, Nerolidol, c-murrolene, α-Eudesmol, Ethyl linoleate etc) are found in black pepper.

Black Pepper essential oil is known for its anti smoking properties.

One of the major reasons is because black pepper essential creates a very similar sensation in the chest, to that of smoking.

But, Aromatherapy being holistic in nature, have many other great benefits.

- A small drop of pepper contains Magnesium, Vitamin K, Iron, Fibre etc.

- Black pepper may enhance your concentration and memory. Since the smell is directly linked to your limbic system, which deals with memories and emotions.

- Black Pepper improves your oral health. It relieves toothache and treats gum inflammation.

- It is effective for cold and cough.

- It releases stress and reduces anxiety. Smelling black pepper gives you a sense of warmth.

Like most of plants and herbs are associated with certain emotions, Black Pepper also have certain key emotions linked – Guarding, Nurturing, Dependable, Assertiveness, Helpful, Spirited.

Peppermint Essential Oil –

Phytochemicals Present – Menthol, Menthone, and 1,8-Cineole, Menthyl acetate and Isovalerate, Pinene, Limonene and other constituents. The most active of these components are Menthol and Menthone

Many people face withdrawal symptoms after quitting smoking. These symptoms are discomforting and often the reason for people to go back to smoking even after trying to quit. These withdrawal symptoms include nausea, headaches, irritability, anxiety, etc.

Peppermint Essential Oil comes to the rescue.

Peppermint has been one of the most versatile oil in the world, sharing its place with Lavender. The use of peppermint dates way back to 1500 Bc.

Properties of Peppermint, when inhaled -

- A mental and physical stimulant, it can help you stay alert during long working hours.

- It releases nervous tension.

- Soothes feelings of irritability and heals headaches.

- It may also suppress your appetite and give you the feeling of being “full”. When you are trying to quit smoking, the chances of you hogging and having more appetite are higher. Peppermint helps you control this craving.

- It stimulates circulation and boosts energy.

- Enhances in mental focus

- Clearing the nasal passageways to relieve the congestion, making it easy to breathe

Like most plants and herbs are associated with certain emotions, Peppermint also have certain key emotions linked –

Self Confidence, Fortifying, Intuitive, Conscientiousness, Clarifying, Potential, Awareness and Intelligence.

Sunflower Oil –

Essential oils are not used directly on the body. It needs a carrier oil for dilution. The reason we use sunflower oil is because it is light. It doesn’t make you feel greasy when applied on your body.

Aromatherapy has been one of the ancient, holistic and natural way to solve problems. We understand that leaving that smoke is difficult, also with many synthetic alternatives coming in and going, with lots of questions asked about different methods, we think nature has a solution to every problem, and using natural ways to heal yourself can be really worth it!

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