Stress is everywhere – it can be from work, school, the teachers, bills and all other pressures and demands that are on you. It may feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. But don’t worry, you are not alone. Everyone experiences stress, even kids do. However, there are ways to de-stress and relax. You definitely deserve this – Aromatherapy!
What is Aromatherapy?
According to National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), “aromatherapy also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.” Essential oils were used in 3500 years ago by the Egyptians, they discovered and developed aromatic medicine which has now become modern aromatherapy.
These essential oils are natural oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance psychological and physical well-being as well as it has a synergistic effect with massage therapy.
How does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy can be inhaled and/or applied on skin.
Inhalation of essential oil molecules by the nose and absorbed by tiny receptor cells. It gives signal to the olfactory organ in the brain and stimulates the limbic system, also known as the emotional center of our brain. Essential oils can exert a powerful effect on mood, mind and emotions.
When an essential oil is absorbed through the skin’s pores, the chemical properties of the essential oil are carried in the bloodstream and all areas of the body.
Aromatherapy and Massage
A massage therapy session using essential oils is absolutely more effective in relieving stress. Massaging a certain area of the body increase circulation, thereby causing an increase in absorption of the essential oils. The following are essential oils you may consider using in relieving stress:
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) contains flavonoids, which is believed to be a good relaxant. It reduces tension of the nerves and lessens all symptoms associated by stress.
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, and calms emotions.
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) used to help treat insomnia, sleep apnea, and general restlessness.