Are your stress levels continually rising? Too much work and not enough downtime? The answer to many of your problems could be aromatherapy. Put aside your staple stress-relieving techniques, such as Netflix and naps, and give aromatherapy a try. It's a unique way of alleviating any unwanted stress or mental health issues that continually creep back into your life.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, specific scents tend to revitalize the part of the brain that is known for dealing with emotions and memories. The health benefits from certain scents can be extremely rewarding when it comes to any issues you may be having, such as trouble sleeping, headaches or even depression. Let those nose receptors do the work!
What types of aromatherapy are there?
There are a variety of ways in which you can incorporate aromatherapy into your daily life. Incense sticks are an easy way to stimulate the senses and make any room smell divine. Essential oils are a go-to favorite, and can either be fantastic in a diffuser that can sit anywhere (on your desk at the office or your bathroom at home) or even potentially used for a massage. The oil rubbed into your skin will fill your nose with calming aromas all day long. Make sure to dilute your essential oils with less concentrated oils (such as coconut oil) and avoid ones that may be harmful to the skin. Suggested by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, steam inhalation or dripping oils into a hot bath can also be very stress relieving.
What works best for your symptoms?
Below are a few aromatherapy scents that are the most effective with certain symptoms:
Insomnia – In a study conducted by Namni Goel PhD at Wesleyan University, lavender was found to promote good sleep and to be a great helper when it comes to slowing your heart rate and blood pressure. Don't forget to use your watch features and set an alarm on your Casio Baby G Watch before you doze off from how relaxed you feel! You'll wake up in the morning feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Headaches – While lavender can be beneficial toward getting rid of headaches alongside sleep problems, Everyday Health recommended rosemary oil because it helps with circulation and any muscle pain you may be experiencing that could be the root of your headache. Bergamot is another headache aid that can be useful, and as a bonus, this scent can also help with anxiety!
Stress – Have you ever had a cup of chamomile tea to ease nerves and stress? Well, smelling chamomile is widely used to that same degree as well. Mental Health Daily reported that it can also be soothing when it comes to insomnia, vomiting or any other symptoms that may be contributing to your rising stress levels. Additional scents that may be used include sandalwood, jasmine and ylang ylang.
There are many other ways in which aromatherapy can be healing and therapeutic. If you are running out of techniques in which to calm yourself down, carry around a little bottle of essential oil, or leave scents in different areas of your house (such as lavender in the bedroom) which will be a wonderful thing to come home to after a long day!