Aromatherapy and Wellbeing Nutrition
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Aromatherapy for Stress Relief: How to Use
By Vanya Sharma at Wellbeing Nutrition
Aromatherapy has been in use since ancient times for its amazing healing benefits. It is known to help with anxiety, stress, sleep and more. All you need is some essential oils and you’re all set for aromatherapy. In this article, we tell you how aromatherapy for stress relief works. Ready to dive in?
How Aromatherapy Works?
As per research, aromatherapy works by activating different parts of your nose, also known as smell receptors. These smell receptors send messages to your brain, via your nervous system. The essential oils used during aromatherapy activate your limbic system, which plays a role in your emotions. These oils or aromatherapy, in general, may also induce a feeling of happiness or soothing sensation in your hypothalamus.
Essential oils come from various flowers, herbs, and tree parts. They are the part of the plant that gives it its essential essence or fragrance. These essences are extracted and then made into what we call ‘essential oils’. This is also the reason why you will never find an essential oil at a low price – creating just 1 pound of essential oil takes around 200-300 pounds of flowers. Some of the common essential oils used for aromatherapy include chamomile, lavender, bergamot, and tea tree oil among others.
Aromatherapy for Stress
While aromatherapy may not kill all your diseases or conditions, it certainly helps with stress, as per research. You can use it as a room scent, in massage and meditation, or as a body product.
It can help with the following and release your stress effectively.
- Control anxiety and depression
- Induce a feeling of relaxation
- Improve your sleep
- May help improve quality of life for people with chronic and debilitating conditions
- Help ease pain
How to use Essential Oils for Aromatherapy & Stress?
There are multiple ways in which you can make aromatherapy a part of your daily life. Let’s take a look at how to use essential oils for aromatherapy in different ways.
Candles: The simplest way to aromatherapy is lighting a scented candle to bring a soothing vibe to your home. They can be used in general or for meditation. Many people find themselves using incense in place of these candles and then suffer with the smoke. This is where aromatherapy candles come to your rescue!
Essential oil diffusers: Essential oil diffusers evaporate the essential oil through the air and spread the scent around the room effectively. They, again, bring a soothing atmosphere to your room and make you feel calm and relaxed.
Massage: Massage along with essential oils is another great way to implement aromatherapy in your life.
Meditation: Aromatherapy is a great tool for meditation as it provides you with a focal point and acts as a stress reliever.
Body products: There are various aromatherapy body products available in the market these days – they give you a good scent that does not cause annoyance to others, unless standing very close. You can try out aromatherapy lotions or drops and enjoy their soothing sensation.
I hope you enjoy this post!
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