Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Nose Knows

A special smell can bring back memories of good times. The aroma of a freshly baked bread or cake may send you right back to childhood at grandma's house. The smell can make you happy and even feel better. This olfactory sensation is called aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of certain essential oils that give off a distinct aroma. The aroma has healing properties. For instance, eucalyptus and menthol oil relieve congestion. Peppermint helps with headaches and nausea. The principle behind healing with smell, is that the odor goes through the nose, into the lungs where it is absorbed into the bloodstream, where they can work directly on tiny cells in the body. Essential oils can boost the immune system and help fight bacteria, viruses and other germs. Healthfood stores sell air diffusers that essential oils can be place in, the smell can then permeate your home, office or car. They also sell books about all the different fragrances available and what they are good for. In the office, you may want to spread the smell of lavender or chamomile, they are anti-stress oils!

Thought for the Week: "It would do most doctors good to suffer some of the pains they treat and then their sympathy for pain problems would gain another perspective. The doctor must understand that many patients he sees have been virtually pain free until the pain that brings them to the doctor and that the tolerance of pain is different in all people." ----- Fred Barge, DC.


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