Wellbeing: With Dawn Gibbons

"Wellbeing" is a blog series where I interview and introduce you to inspiring people doing interesting things that can connect to our mental wellbeing.

Today, meet Dawn.

Registered Massage Therapist, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, Naturopath and a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional living in Lewisporte, NL.

What is aromatherapy and how does it work?

Aromatherapy is a complementary modality that uses natural plant extracts (flowers, trees, herbs and resins) to support people's health and wellbeing - that could be cleaning the house, recovering from a cold, sleeping better at night or any number of benefits- there are loads of ways to use aromatherapy through inhalation and topically.

When we breathe in essential oils it stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, and stress. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.

Note: To become a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists you must complete a minimum 420 hour of training from an approved Aromatherapy School and pass a CFA exam.

How can aromatherapy be a tool to help us support our mental wellbeing?

Aromatherapy can be used to help with anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia. Here are some examples:

Calming Aromas: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavander, Majoram, Palo Santo, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Uplifting Aromas: