I could seriously nerd out all day and night over natural remedies and organic beauty.
Erik makes fun of me pretty much every day about it, but it is so fascinating! But really, I had an incredible experience the other day when I went to the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. It sounds kind of clinical, but it’s really a welcoming little store front that was founded by Amy Galper, who has every credential under the sun.
We sat down and Amy told me a little bit about how she got to where she was (by way of some pretty crazy yoga festivals a couple of decades ago), and went a little more in depth about the healing properties of essential oils — how it’s not just the oil but the fragrance that cuts straight to the brain to evoke a response, which can be very powerful and extremely beneficial.
She then talked to me about where I hold my stress (shoulders) and where else (hip joints), then started to pull out a whole range of oils from this shelf of every option you can imagine. In the end, she blended a mix of marjoram (to prevent tightening and spasming of muscles, also amazingly antimicrobial), black spruce (helps circulation, can lift you up through exhaustion), and blue chamomile (anti-inflammatory and calming, focuses on the heart chakra!). So I simply rub a small dab on sore muscles when they ache, and it is so wonderfully calming! It’s a little crazy how effective it is immediately.
And when New York feels a little overwhelming, I can just rub the oil between my palms and then breathe in the aroma — so nice!
I was wondering if there was anyone who has been using aromatherapy and essential oils for a long time, and has really noticed longterm what it does to help? So far, I really love it!