Hyderabad: Aromatherapy is the use of essential oil prepared from flowers, fruits, grass, herbs, leaves, seeds, roots of plants and trees, that induces mental and emotional well-being and powerfully influences our energy system.
Aromatherapy is effective through massage or bath, candles, incense sticks or just by the smell. Aromatherapy can have a healing effect and can also be used for prevention. For example, Amber helps in connecting you with your soul; Agerwood soothes the nervous system; Angelica root detoxifies your soul; Basil will soothe emotions. It can reduce mental fatigue to a great extent. Camphor helps in letting go of your ego, replacing it with wisdom.
There is also a religious and spiritual aspect to aromatherapy. Devotees burn incense sticks with the belief that the rings of smoke that rise high into the air carry our prayers to the Gods.
Spiritually, it gives a message that our body eventually becomes ash and what remains are the human virtues through learnings and karmas. Incense aroma also heals you mentally and emotionally. Jasmine essence helps you in being emotionally balanced and creative. Rose essence helps one get out of depression, calming and harmonising. Sandalwood essence protects you from negative energy and dark forces, giving you inner peace and emotional security.
Aromatherapy also helps in balancing of chakras, your soul energy centres. One can use the aroma for balancing of the seven core chakras, the root chakra is the centre of our core need for survival, security and livelihood. When the root chakra is imbalanced, you will feel confused, stuck and lack the ability to move forward.
Without a balanced root chakra, it is impossible to fully balance the other chakras. Angelica root, benzoin, cedar wood and frankincense help in balancing the root chakra, the sacral chakra influences creativity ranging from expressing yourself to problem-solving. Healthy sexual desire and expression is also a part of the sacral chakra. Lust is the outcome of imbalanced sacral chakra. Bergamot, cardamom, Clary sage and Neroli help balance sacral chakra.
the solar plexus chakra strongly influences your identity and sense of self-worth. Solar plexus imbalance ranges from low self-esteem to arrogant, selfish behaviour. Black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon and clove will help in balancing the chakra.
the heart chakra strongly influences the ability to give and receive love in a healthy way. The heart chakra also influences our ability to cope with relationship issues and the way we treat others. Bergamot, cypress, geranium, jasmine can be a catalyst in balancing your heart chakra.
throat chakra strongly influences our ability to effectively communicate our thoughts, opinions, desires and feelings. The throat chakra influences what we hear and say through verbal communication, body language and written communication methods. Imbalanced throat chakra results in not having control on your language and expressions in extreme emotions like anger and fear. Basil, bergamot, chamomile and cypress helps in balancing the chakra.
third eye chakra influences the areas of our mind that control our common sense, wisdom, intelligence, memory retention, dreams, spirituality and intuition. People with perfectly balanced third eye chakra will always have their body-mind-heart-soul aligned with each other. Angelica root, bay leaf, clary sage, sandalwood are good for keeping your third eye chakra balanced.
the crown chakra influences our deeper understanding of ourselves at the soul level, beyond the physical or material. Imbalanced crown chakra results in having a superiority or inferiority complex, deviating from the truth and refusing to be real, living in self-denial. Cedarwood, elemi, frankincense and galbanum help in balancing the crown chakra.
The writer is a Tarot expert...