Aromatherapy for Stress Relief: How to Indulge in Aromatherapy
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Aromatherapy for Stress Relief: How to Indulge in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can help ease tension

If you find yourself bogged down with stress, aromatherapy can help ease your tension.  Powerful herbs and flowers known for soothing the mind when inhaled, ingested, or topically applied to the skin include:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon balm
  • Black cohosh
  • Passion flower
  • Valerian
  • Jasmine
  • Bergamot
  • Rose
  • Clary sage
  • Neroli
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang yland

The most immediate method of achieving aromatherapy benefits is by inhalation.  Add a 3-5 drops of an essential oil to a diffuser, and dilute it with some water, or try dabbing a few drops onto a cotton ball to keep handy.  Trust me, if you keep it in your purse or in a room, you'll be able to smell the scent just fine.  Or, dab a drop of the oil onto your pressure points - behind the ears, on your temples, inner wrists, and behind the knees.  Drinking herbal teas infused with the above mentioned scents can also work wonders in a short span of time.  Scented candles, hand or body lotions, and soaps may also provide some relief, but won't be nearly as effective when not in their full-strength, but they are great to use in conjunction with the oils themselves.

Aromatherapy advice

Unless you are allergic to any of the herbs or flowers, aromatherapy is a safe, holistic way of sending signals to the brain to induce calm.  If you are pregnant, there is no conclusive evidence that any essential oils are either harmful to mom or baby, but it is generally advised that you refrain from using aromatherapy products during your first trimester, and thereafter use them sparingly.  See for a discussion on herbal remedies during pregnancy.

When it comes to men and women, not all aromatherapy remains equal.  In fact, what soothes a woman's nerves might do just the opposite in a man!  The key to determining which scents might work best around your partner and other household members is in using the oils sparingly, experimenting in small amounts to see how your family reacts.  The last thing you need is to make anyone uncomfortable or ill in his or her own home!

How to indulge

Enhance your aromatherapy experience by involving all 5 senses, for the ultimate in melting away the stress.  Start by adding essential oils or an oil blend to a diffuser, or light a candle, the moment you walk in the door.  Then turn on some peaceful music or nature sounds, or a combination of both.  Then take a warm shower or bath that contain the essential oils, or add a few drops of oil to the water.  After towel-drying, moisturize your skin with aromatherapy lotion or body oil, and perform a self massage to the feet, hands, or head.  A great resource for learning how to give yourself a massage is The Busy Woman's Home Spa Book.  Finish the relaxation process with a nice cup of herbal tea.  You will be sure to sleep well after that!


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