The rush of family, work, as well as our life, occupies large amounts of time and breeds and an enormous amount of pressure. This may leave even the most well-balanced people stressed out sometimes. Making a comeback from all of this would require the right tools. One of the most ancient of these tools is something we know today as aromatherapy. In this post, we will discuss what exactly is aromatherapy, for those who may not know, and what ways you can use it to effectively reduce your stress.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils of plants to promote health and well-being naturally. Over 500 such essential oils are utilized through various applications. Numerous oils help an individual relax and unwind, but warning, they can be harmful to pets.
While science does not fully understand its functions on hormones, our mind and psyche, and the effects of scents, tens of thousands of years of monitoring have identified how useful essential oils can be.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
The term “aromatherapy” wasn’t coined until 1937 by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic. However, doctors had been using aromatherapy as a way to treat medical conditions for years. Aromatherapy provides many benefits some of which include the ability to;
- manage pain
- reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety
- improve the quality of sleep
- soothe sore joints
- treat headaches and migraines
- alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy
- ease discomforts of labor
- fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
- improve digestion
- improve hospice and palliative care
- boost immunity
Aromatherapy and Stress Relief
Since aromatherapy consists of the use of essential oils and essential oils come in many different scents, there are many different ways to use aromatherapy. Here are a few different ways you can incorporate aromatherapy into your day.
This device is used to disperse essential oils into the air. There are four types of diffusers including nebulizing, ultrasonic, heat, and evaporative.
My favorite is the evaporative because it is great for large rooms and you can use it for other reasons, like providing moisture to your home in dryer climates.
Some common essential oils used with diffusers include frakincense, juniper, sage, and lavender.
Frankincense possesses calming properties which will help to ease the nervousness brought upon from a stressful situation. It works wonders with children and for adults.
Frankincense is believed to have a sedative effect on the nervous system. It will help foster a feeling of peace and can help to slow and deepen breathing. It works well when combined with lavender and sandalwood.
Juniper has a fresh scent which might help eliminate irritability and irritability caused by tension. It works great when used along with lavender oil and Clary sage oil and heated on aroma-therapy lamps, juniper will wipe away anxiety and stress.
Other essential oils that will assist to restore calmness are chamomile, orange, lavender, basil, lemon, and cypress. Basil, lemon, and cypress all help in providing concentration and have a calming effect.
Aromatherapy candles are a very popular way to get stress relief because of how simple they are to use. In fact, many companies have tailored their brands to fit the stress relief line to include scents like lavender and sage.
Using candles for stress relief is a great way to help fill the room with these scents allowing you to breathe them in and thus help you benefit from the essential oils. Thus getting immediate relief with no side effects.
Don’t want to pay all that money for aromatherapy candles learn to make your own.
When you combine massage with aromatherapy, you get two great benefits in one. I mean who doesn’t enjoy a great body massage?
Tired from a long stressful day with the kids? Doesn’t a massage sound like the perfect solution?
If there is one place I don’t mind splurging a little extra money to get some nice scents, that is with my body products. I don’t know if it is just me but I love the smell of lavender in the bathtub, in my body wash, and in my body lotion.
With aromatherapy products, it is great because you get the benefits of the soothing stress-relieving scents that you can rub on you or drop on a few skin-safe essential oils and breathe them in. Or you can soak in a nice bath after a long tiring day.
Stress and tension spread as negative energy in a household. Once dad is stressed by work, it affects everyone. Or once mom is overwhelmed with multi-tasking or junior with homework or who only knows how stressed you are when your term paper is due the next day.
These stresses may build and multiply within a household compounding one another. Adding an odor to the background won’t directly change the circumstances of your life, however, it might help each one of the people in your life cope with them better. Just as stress can spread through a family, so too may calm and relaxation.
We would love to hear from you: Do you have a favorite aromatherapy technique that helps relieve your stress? What advice would you give to someone who was interested in using aromatherapy?