November 17, 2010

{Aromatherapy, Your Heart & You}

Dear Bride-To-Be:
We all love flowers and natural fragrances. And weddings are a chance to surround ourselves with both. During this blog series highlighting “brides, weddings, and aromatherapy,” some of you have asked, “just what is aromatherapy?”

Like the heart of your relationship is love, the heart of aromatherapy is essential oils. Essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants such as flowers, fruits, herbs, seeds, woods, and roots. Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to take care of your body, mind and spirit...even promoting healing.

And here is what’s so cool: Since smell goes directly into the olfactory of the brain, the body gets an immediate signal to respond to the charms of a scents’ character. For instance, a sniff of chamomile essential oil will have a relaxing effect; while a whiff of rosemary essential oil will enliven. As our bodies become more open and alive -- more sensitive to the pleasures of the world around us -- our hearts are more open to giving and receiving love.

So keep a supply of essential oils in your “wedding planning kit” to use to pamper and take care of all the parts of you! Because as you take care of yourself inside and out, you are nurturing your relationship inside and out as well.

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

ps: In future posts, listen out for some deliciously pleasurable aromatic ideas for taking care of you from head to toe! (Missed past aromatherapy posts? Just scroll down and enjoy....)

[Photograph: Marianne Taylor, London]

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