Stress Relief Is Right Under Your Nose

Aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils or other aromatic compounds to enhance physical and emotional health and well-being, is gaining momentum as a form of alternative healing. It can be especially helpful in relieving stress.

Try these essential oils to quell your stress:

  • Jasmine: Enhances mood and reduces anxiety
  • Lavender: Promotes relaxation and a general sense of well-being
  • Vetiver: Often referred to as the “oil of tranquility” for its calming properties
  • Tangerine: Calms the nervous system and relieves stress, fear, and sadness
  • Chamomile: Encourages calm, peace, and patience
  • Grapefruit: Reduces fatigue

There are several ways to use essential oils:

  • Vapor Inhalation: Place a few drops of the essential oil into steaming water. Place a towel over your head and lean over the water and inhale the fragrance.
  • Infuser: Place a few drops of the essential oil into a burner or infuser and allow the aroma to waft through the room.
  • Mist: Place a few drops of the essential oil into four ounces of distilled water for a room spray.
  • Tissue: Place a few drops of the essential oil onto a tissue and wave it under your nose.
  • Bath: Add a few drops of an essential oil to your bathwater for a soothing, relaxing treat.
  • Massage: Blend essential oils with a “carrier oil” or lotion and use it for an aroma-filled massage.
  • Compress: Add a few drops of an essential oil to a bowl of warm water; dip a washcloth in the water and wring it out to be used as a soothing compress.
  • Ointment/Salve: Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with an ointment, carrier oil, or lotion and use it directly on your skin.

Combining two or three oils together often seems to make them more effective. It’s important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be diluted with another oil or lotion before applying directly to the skin.  In addition, follow these tips (and consult a professional if you have any questions): Keep essential oils away from your eyes; always dilute oils before applying to skin; keep essential oils away from children; never ingest the oils; less is more. Overuse can lead to headaches and nausea. If you’re overwhelmed by an aroma, drink some water and get some air; read and follow all warnings; pregnant women should consult a professional before using aromatherapy.

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