Aromatherapy has been used for centuries. From ancient China to India and Egypt, essential oils have been used for medicinal and religious purposes. I use aromatherapy to help ease a range of ailments, especially stress. Read on to learn how you can reduce stress with aromatherapy.
How is Aromatherapy Used?
Essential oils can be used on skin and with diffusers, body oils, lotions, hot and cold compressors and other forms. The oil is absorbed through our skin and smell, providing a soothing and calming feeling. There are many benefits of using aromatherapy including:
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce and treat headaches
- Diminish soreness and pain
- Helps you sleep better
Other people use essential oils to help fight of viruses and colds and to boost their immune system. Unlike prescription pills, which cost a lot of money and can have a negative impact on your health, aromatherapy is natural. It uses high quality essential oils which come from fruits, herbs and plants. Some of the best oils used to reduce stress with aromatherapy include:
I use essential oils in diffusers or massaged them on the skin. Massaging essential oils on the neck and shoulders is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.
If you are skeptical about aromatherapy think about the last candle you lit. You probably chose it because it smells good and it put a smile on your face. This is what aromatherapy is and does. Through the smell, we are able to reduce our stress and connect with our body, mind and spirit.
How to Use Essential Oils
You can use aromatherapy in numerous ways including with candles and diffusers. You can also add a few drops of oil in your bath, lotion or massage oil. Most oil can be used on skin unless it’s recommended otherwise. Some oils will need to be diluted with water or with other essential oils. You can find many great books on aromatherapy and how it can help you relax more, sleep better and even be more productive. When you’re less stressed you will be able to concentrate more and have a restful night.