The fast paced life we lead today is very stressful. We hardly get any time to be with ourselves. Some times we are so hard pressed that it seems impossible to take out just 15 minutes to sit and relax. However busy we may be, it is essential for our complete well being to relax, recharge and keep ourselves healthy, for our own sake and for others whom we love. In such a situation, aromatherapy is very effective in reducing stress by using the powerful senses of smell. Essential oils like jasmine, lavender, and rosemary are very effective in treating depression, anxiety, restlessness, sense of guilt and exhaustion. These essential oils can do wonders in altering our mood and helping us to relax.
Studies have revealed that inhaling the fragrance of essential oils spike up alpha waves immediately and the smell comes in contact with the limbic system via nose and reaches the brain which controls our emotions, mood, memory and learning.
For relaxation, aromatherapy can be used in the following ways:
Mix essential oils with carrier oils and gently massage it into the skin. The oil penetrates into your blood stream through the skin and helps you to relax. Other ways include inhaling them or by adding them in water while bathing or by burning them with water. So each morning we must take out time to bath. While taking a bath with aroma oils, we can relax. Take some aromatherapy candles and a few aromatherapy oils and keep them in your bathroom. Whenever you use the bathroom, make sure that you light those candles. Candles scented with rosewood, frankincense or myrrh have soothing and meditative fragrance which will relax your mood
Bathing removes your stress as well. So when you need to relax, immerse your body in the bath tub in slightly warm water and a few drops of lavender oil. You will feel lighter because it will promote peace and tranquility to your mind, lowering your blood pressure.
Different Aromatherapy oils have different effects. Lavender soothes our mind and body with its balancing effect when our mind is under extreme pressure. Thus, it is used for treating headache and insomnia. Chamomile can keep you calm and cool when you are over excited. Rose has the power to calm your nerves and lift your spirit by restoring inner peace and tranquility. Sandalwood can stimulate the brain, and Geranium is used to relieve anxiety.
If you have less time and prefer to shower, then you can add a few drops of essential oil to your shower gel. Keep different types of essential oils in your bathroom and add them to your shower gel each morning according to your needs and experience the difference. Take care of yourself. The more relaxed and refreshed you feel, more you will be able to contribute to your work.
There are times when you experience stress at your workplace. There are aromatherapy pens available in the market which can help you relax at the workplace. These pens at one end are soft writing ballpoint pens, and on the other end there you will find small roller ball with a secure cap that distributes pure Swiss essential oil with healing power of aroma therapy into the air. They are available with the scent of lavender, eucalyptus and mint. Aromatherapy can eliminate stress when you are burdened with work.
Aromatherapy is gaining popularity day by day because it can generate a sense of overall wellness among people.