Improving Black Health and Wellness Through Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘aromatherapy’? I used to associate that word with candles and flowers. In my ignorance, I viewed it as a feminine form of therapy that I would never try. A few years ago, I tried it. I simply lit a candle one day and noticed a major shift in my attitude, my spirit, and my overall health. I only lit the candle for the scent with no intention of using it for therapeutic purposes. Since then, however, I’ve embraced aromatherapy. Now, I have to share what I’ve learned.

The Ancients

Do you know where aromatherapy comes from? Neither did I. According to Aromatherapy.com, the ancient Egyptians were the first to develop distillation machines that extracted essential oils from plants. In fact, the Egyptians used cedarwood, clove, and cinnamon to make embalming fluid for the dead. Throughout the centuries, different aromas proved to have a variety of health benefits that can affect your mental and physical health. Continue reading to learn about the benefits. Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

Mental Health

Aromatherapy can relieve many things. The main reason I practice aromatherapy is to relieve stress. Various studies have shown that Black people are more likely to suffer a stress-related injury and/or death than White people. Black people are forced to endure discrimination and harassment based on race and gender. As a result, we experience higher levels of stress and a shorter lifespan overall. But aromatherapy can help reduce that stress, making you feel better and helping you live longer. Aromatherapy can also be used to combat depression. According to the 2014 census, 13.2% of the American population identifies as Black. That translates to 45.7 million people. Of the 45.7 million, 16% (6.8 million) of Black people had a diagnosable mental issue, including depression. Some stigmas surrounding depression in the Black community prevent many of us from seeking the help we need. Aromatherapy may not completely eradicate your depression or mental illness but it may help. As you get older, sleep fewer hours, and/or become inundated with tasks, your memory can suffer. Memory loss is common but frightening and aggravating. When people begin suffering memory loss, it can indicate the early stages of dementia. It could also mean that you have a lot on your mind and you need to sort through some things. Aromatherapy can help you improve your memory. Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

Physical Health

If you’ve ever felt drained of your energy, you’ve probably turned to coffee or energy drinks. Although these are effective, these aren’t the only energy boosters you can use. Aromatherapy is a great way to boost your energy. Take it from an avid coffee drinker: if you overdo it with the coffee, it can lead to other health issues. Implementing aromatherapy is an effective and safe alternative way to boost your energy. Aromatherapy and essential oils have been used to expedite healing and recovery. After accidentally burning himself, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse used lavender to cure his burns. Gattefosse then coined the term, ‘aromatherapy.’ During WWII, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to effectively heal the soldiers. Aromatherapy has proven to speed up the healing and recovery process and it could potentially help you if needed. Aromatherapy can also help strengthen your immune system. Exposing your body to certain aromas by mixing essential oils and using a diffuser can ensure your immune system’s longevity. No one likes being physically ill, so it’s best to prevent the illness before it occurs. Certain scents, like peppermint and lemon, can build resistance to illnesses. Follow this link to read more about how aromatherapy can improve your overall health. Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

Side Effects

As with most things, with the good, there is bad. According to Livestrong.com, there is a small number of people who may experience an allergic reaction to some of the oils used in aromatherapy. Common side effects are headaches, lightheadedness, and nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should discontinue use of the oil(s) you are using and seek advice from your physician or homeopathic doctor.

Products For You

Now that you know the benefits of aromatherapy, here is a list of items you may want to try. These products are sold by Black business owners on the largest online marketplace for Black-owned businesses, We Buy Black.

1. Eden Pure Defense

The Eden Pure Defense Essential Oils Blend by Eden Pure Botanicals is selling on We Buy Black for only $24.95. This blend improves respiratory health, boosts energy, and helps with weight loss among other things. As an added bonus, you’ll receive a free recipe ebook with your order. Click here to order your aromatherapy set. Hurry, though; supplies are limited. Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

2. Mango Burning Oil

IRIE is selling a set of Mango Burning Oils for just $6.99. These 100% oil-based burning oils are child-safe and easy on allergies. With several mango-inspired scents to choose from, you’ll be burning oils non-stop. Click here to order your oils today! Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

3. GMCC Essential Oils

Also selling on We Buy Black are these essential oils from Good Mama’s Cleansing Clay. For only $10.00 per bottle, you can choose from 15 different scents ranging from bergamot to frankincense. Click here to browse the collection of scents and choose the essential oil(s) that best fits your aromatherapy needs. Black people, Black women, Black men, Black health matters, Health and wellness, aromatherapy, Black, Kemet, Egypt, Egyptians, ancient

Black Health

Here at We Buy Black, it’s our goal to build and explain the importance of Black wealth. But what’s even more important than Black wealth is Black health. If your wealth depleted tomorrow, would you be in good health? The fact is, there are many Black people who do not focus on their health as much as they should. We want to do our part to help emphasize what is most important to our community. Follow the We Buy Black blog because every Wednesday, we will be posting an article that pertains to health and wellness: we call it Wellness Wednesday. These Wellness Wednesday articles will have links to products sold on We Buy Black that can improve your health. Since mental health is equally as important as physical health, these articles will also be informative. You can’t lose here on We Buy Black. Stay tuned!]]>

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