Aromatherapy for Stress and Anxiety
Let's talk about exploring your sense of smell using leaves. Leaves of a tree or plant allow the plant to "breathe" by taking in carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen. Leaves also protect the plant from water loss and support life-giving photosynthesis. Essential oils or breathing in crushed leaves supports respiration and breathing. They're also great immune boosters. 

If you don't have essential oils try crushing fresh mint, rosemary, basil, oregano or any other fresh, green leafy herb. If you have fresh eucalyptus that's absolutely amazing! There's a botanical garden near me and I can't resist when walking past a eucalyptus plant and grabbing a leaf to crush and breath deep!

When you crush fresh or dried leaves in your palm you're releasing the natural plant oils. There's not much oil left in a dry leaf but there is some. So if you want to explore using fresh herbs, crush them in the palm of your hands and set them aside. Cup your hands over your nose and mouth and take a nice deep breath. How does that feel?

Of course if you have essential oils those are super concentrated and if you need help getting good quality oils please let me know. I'm here for you! But same process - one drop in the palm of your hands, cup near your nose and breath. 

The oils from plant leaves help us breathe not only physically but also emotionally. When feeling stress or anxiety I find essential oils from leaves very soothing.  When stressed my breathing tends to get physically shallow and oils from leaves help the physical aspect of breathing deeper. Oils from leaves also tend to support expansion and creativity. When stuck with over thinking they help promote a calm, clear mind. When stuck in fear a common physical response is a tight and constricted chest. Oils from leaves will open and ease that feeling.

What's your favorite essential oil from leaves and why? If you tried using fresh herbs what did you notice? What leaves did you use to experiment?

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