Aromatherapy for the Soul

This Christmas I opened three bottles of lotion. Each of them is scented and tout a purpose. They are, after all, “aromatherapy” lotions.

The first is called Stress Relief. It has a delightful smell of eucalyptus and spearmint, and it is supposed to help me “relax and think clearly.” I keep this lotion at my work place. On those rare occasions when I feel like wringing my hands in frustration, I can pull out my Stress Relief!

Orange and ginger are in the Energy lotion, which is designed to “boost my energy and sharpen my senses.” I have this in the bathroom, and put it on in the morning in hopes that it really will help my energy level! I wonder if it is the early morning exercise, the large cup of coffee or the orange ginger scent that gets me through the day?!

On my nightstand is Sleep. Lavender and vanilla promise to help calm feelings of stress so I can sleep better. I’ve taken to rubbing this on my hands and feet as part of my bedtime ritual. I’ve fallen asleep reading every night since Christmas. (And before Christmas too, but now I smell better!)

I am skeptical about the real effects of aromatherapy, and while I’m enjoying these lotions, I can’t say that I’m less stressed, more energetic or sleep better because of them. The physical act of applying the lotions and the pleasant aromas is relaxing, for sure. But, it’s not enough. The Bible has its own advice for stress relief, energy and rest.

Stress Relief: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)The passage goes on to tell us that if we think on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” What great advice to keep from spiraling down into the “what-ifs” and to keep from dwelling on the sensational and the negative!

Energy: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) This isn’t a promise to turn me into Wonder Woman. It is a promise that I will have the energy to do the work God wants me to do, I should be the Woman with Wonder, seeking God always.

Sleep: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke up on you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I love Jesus’ invitation to, “Come!” A safe place to curl up and rest. To entrust the days’ cares and worries to Someone who loves me and cares about the outcomes, the people, the deadlines, the “what-ifs,” and the “how wills!”

I write this in the wee hours of the morning .. on one of those rare nights when I cannot sleep. I feel like I must have mixed up the Energy lotion with the Sleep! I think I will go warm up the “rice sock,” drink a glass of warm milk, slather on the lavender/vanilla, and accept Jesus’ invitation to, “Come!”

 

2 thoughts on “Aromatherapy for the Soul

  1. As much as I love essential oils and their healing properties, I don’t tell my clients if they purchase my lavender lotion, they won’t be depressed and they will sleep better, or if they use a certain oil, they will think more clearly.

    What I do share with my customers are testimonials, especially with tea tree oil and lavender, but more so on a physical level, not mental. I’ve seen and felt the results with my severe itching and the tea tree and lavender essential oils stopped the itching, so my rash didn’t spread like it normally does.

    I do believe essential oils are gifts from nature and they definitely uplift my spirits and have healing properties, but one should be careful about the claims they make with using essential oils.

    Pamela – http://www.ashleysbacktonature.com

  2. Loved the post! Great passages from Philippians! I wished they had lotions that get were good for diets – maybe ones that caused you to lose your appetite? No, that might get you sick too! Thanks for your thoughts – I really enjoyed them!

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