In an earlier post from my holiday sanity articles, I explored the implications of incorporating spirituality into healthcare due to its associations to better health outcomes. Ancient sacred texts in various traditions have documented using combinations of aromatics to enhance spiritual connection. Due to their many other benefits, essential oils and other integrative modalities can also offer a secular approach to the emotional and calming benefits found in religious practices, prayer, and meditation. This fact naturally led to an in-depth discussion of one of the most sacred oils, frankincense. As one of my favorite oils, it is also a perfect holistic tool for spreading good cheer throughout the year, as it is inclusive to all beliefs and practices.
Frankincense starred in my series for a few weeks because it has so much evidence for supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual health. For the scientifically curious and essential oils enthusiasts, I went into the molecular nitty-gritty details on its many beneficial compounds as well as deciphering the main effects of the four most popular varieties. I offered some of the take-home points and summary in my video which you can access here.
In last week’s article, I expanded on the topics of spirituality and essential oils for coping with stressful triggers and dealing with addictions during the holidays. Along with family-based therapy, there is evidence of how spirituality can support recovery and provide comfort in to who struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD).
In my final articles of the series:
- I will further expand on how essential oils can be used for dealing with unhealthy behaviors and non-nourishing practices.
- Provide you with a list of essential oils and one of my favorite holiday blends for soothing your body and maintaining your serenity through hectic times.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.