How Can Aromatherapy Help Stress?

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Stress is part of our life and it can be both challenging and/or motivating. But if we let it build up it will lead to fatigue, sleeplessness and headaches. It will also affect our general health and can also lead to some serious health issues. Aromatherapy can help with various kinds of stresses which include anxiety, mild shock, headaches and depression.

Anxiety

Whether it is a temporary bout of nerves, caused by something like an impending examination or interview, or an ongoing response to a persistent problem, anxiety can be debilitating response to stress. It prevents you from dealing effectively with a problem and makes you feel tense. Essential oils, when inhaled, stimulate the limbic portion of the brain which is responsible for all our feelings of well-being and discontent. They can balance the senses before deep depression sets into a more serious state. Temporary anxiety can also trigger skin eruptions so watch your diet and boost levels of vitamins C and E and B-complex. Anxiety can be alleviated with a combination of uplifting and calming oils like:

Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood.

You can use the oils individually or mix them, using two relaxing oils to one uplifting oil. A good combination is basil, neroli and lavender. Stick to the same blend and proportions for bath and body, mixing five drops of each of the three oils in one tablespoon of base oil for the bath and two tablespoons for the body. All of the oils can be used individually in light-ring burners or fragrancers.

Mild Shock

This is a temporary form of stress, but the impact on the system can nonetheless be very strong, so a fast-acting remedy is needed. Use the following oils:

Chamomile, Rosemary, Melissa, Neroli, Peppermint

Use only two essential oils: both camphor and Melissa work well individually with neroli, and peppermint has an affinity with Melissa. Use a total of six drops in 1 ½ tablespoons of base oils, with smaller quantities of rosemary. For fast relief add four drops to a handkerchief and inhale.

Headaches

Often one of the first signs of stress and a regular affliction for many people. Cold compresses of lavender or geranium across the forehead provide pleasant relief. Add five drops of one oil to a small bowl of cool or warm water, soak a cloth in the water, wring out and lay it across the forehead. To help a headache caused by tension in the neck, try a sandalwood compress across the neck. Scalp massage is soothing, or try the shiatsu headache relief steps.

Depression

The blues can hit us all from time to time, as financial, emotional or work problems hang over like a dark cloud. In the long term, if problems are not resolved, depression lowers the immune system, leaving you prone to a spiral of worsening mental and physical health. Essential oils can work wonders in lifting the spirits to prevent this.

Uplifting oils

Bergamot, Cypress, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Sage

Soothing Oils

Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang

Start off with three soothing oils, and then drop one of these in favor of an uplifting oil to give an element of stimulation and eventually introduce two stimulating elements. Geranium, lavender and bergamot is a good combination. Use your formula for bath and body treatments. Depression can be difficult to lift and if it persists you should consult a doctor or mental-health professional.

Mental Fatigue

When you feel near to exhaustion or cannot concentrate on one thing at a time because problems seem to be crowding in on you, listen to your body’s warning signals. Take time to unwind, clear your head with a walk and then revive yourself with oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint.

Sources:

http://www.holisticonline.com/remedies/Anxiety/anx_aromatherapy.htm

http://www.healingfragrances.net/article1.htm

http://www.provenhealthremedies.com/relieve-anxiety-with-aromatherapy/

http://www.depression-guide.com/aromatherapy-depression.htm

http://www.wlnaturalhealth.com/aromatherapy-articles/aromatherapy-depression.htm

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