In this chaotic world we live in, stress is present in almost everyone’s life. But, did you know, taking just a few moments out of your day to incorporate aromatherapy scents can help ease tension?
There are several ways to bring aromatherapy into your everyday life. Candles, oil burners, or just a few drops of essential oil in a bath or on your pillow at night can alleviate stress and tension, plus promote over all well being. Here are a few scents proven to help with stress.
Vanilla: Probably one of the more common essential oils, vanilla is actually a type of orchid. Not only does it help promote a calm environment, it is also a known aphrodisiac.
Neroli: One of the lesser known essential oils, it is derived from bitter orange. Use of this oil is said to not oil reduce stress but fear, anxiety, and also promote confidence.
Rose: Do you know that euphoric feeling you get when walking into a room with a huge rose bouquet? Use if this essential oil is known to cause just that: happiness and euphoria. Prolonged use of this oil has also been said to help even out menstrual cycles in women.
Chamomile: Widely known for its calming use in tea, the oil form of chamomile is just as beneficial. Derived in Italy, it is also sometimes used to relieve pain.
Lavender: Probably the most known of all essential oils, there are many uses for lavender oil. However, the most common is generally relaxation, and this oil is found in many bath products and candles marketed towards stress relief. Lavender can also cure anger and tension, as well as relax muscles tightened through stress.
Clary sage: This oil, like rose oil, is also known to stimulate endorphins in the body that cause a sense of euphoria. It has a light, flowery or herbal scent, and is also said to reduce chronic pain.
Jasmine: Also widely known as a mild anti-depressant, jasmine originates from India and is considered the “king of all oils”. Its mood enhancing properties are widely known, and like lavender is incorporated in a variety of bath products on the market.
Sandalwood: Often used as an acne cure, sandalwood also has a calming effect. Like many of the oils listed here, it has also been known as a mild anti-depressant.
Before starting any aromatherapy regiment, it is vital to first consult your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or taking any medications. Many of the oils mentioned here can be purchased at your local health foods store.