Life can certainly throw a lot of curve balls at us! Sometimes life stress and anxiety can be so overwhelming as it can come into our life at anytime, throwing off our life balance. We may do things that can assist in de-stressing to a certain extent, such as taking a trip, taking up yoga or meditating however, these are just some ideas to consider. You might also in interested in adding aromatherapy to your de-stress modalities if the stress of life is getting to you.
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural extracts to promote health and well-being. It uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit. it enhances both your physical and emotional health.
Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, allergies and high blood pressure.
Essential oils best used for aromatherapy include lemon, chamomile, lavender, cedarwood and bergamot, however, the choices are truly endless (nearly 100 to select from) and is it a matter of preference.
Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as:
body oils and lotions
hot and cold compresses
Each essential oil has an array of unique healing properties, uses and effects. Combining oils to create a synergistic blend creates even more benefits.
Aromatherapy has an array of benefits as it’s said to:
improve sleep quality
reduces stress, agitation and anxiety
sooth sore joints
treat headaches and migraines
alleviate side effects of chemotherapy
ease discomfort of child birth
fight bacteria, virus or fungus
assist with palliative care
Conditions it can also treat are:
Aromatherapy is known as a great anxiety relief. If you are under stress, aromatherapy might be just what you are needing. Put a total of 10 drops of your favorite essential oil or even a combination of oils mixed with an ounce of water into a spray bottle and mist around the home. You can also mist slightly on a pillow or bed sheets to promote a restful sleep. It can also assist with depression in boosting your mood.
Essential oils can also help you improve the health of your hair. By mixing some into your shampoo and applying to your scalp regularly, you can increase hair growth, strength and shine.
Whether you choose to apply essential oils topically, incorporate them into a lotion, use in a diffuser or add to another therapy, enjoy exploration of this wonderful modality of Aromatherapy and its many benefits!
Less the Stress brought to you by Christy Kim a Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. Having worked in the health field since 1999, Christy has greatly enjoyed helping several clients, family and friends with her many health treatments.