Friday, September 4, 2009

Aromatherapy for Stress

Aromatherapy is something that should form an integral part of your de-stressing bath time routine, irrespective of age or gender. Using aromatic bath oils is a terrific way of relaxing itself, because not only does the heat from the water make it easier for the relaxing oil molecules to permeate your skin, it also releases those molecules into the air as well.

Aromatherapy for Stress - How to Use?
Unlike the other senses, something that you smell has direct access to your brain via your olfactory receptors, hence it is known that aromatic oils that you inhale can have a direct effect on your hormones, your brain chemistry and stress levels.

Aromatherapy for Stress - Latest Research
Tests have indicated that there are certain essential oils that are particularly good for relieving stress, such as lavender oil or chamomile. Of the group of around 40 such oils and herbs that can play a significant role in ensuring that you are as relaxed as possible, others are dandelion, burdock root, peppermint, rosemary and juniper. If at all possible, you should plan to take a relaxing hot bath in an ideal environment using aromatic oils at least once a day. By having and sticking to a ‘planned out in advance’ strategy in this way, it should be relatively easy to make sure that you always have essential oils that you need in the house.

Aromatherapy for Stress - Helpful Tips
However, there may be times when oils are not available, so you might need to ‘manufacture’ something that can act as an effective aromatic oils stand-in from common household substances. Here are a few suggestions. If you have herbal teabags available, drop a couple of them in your bath water before immersing yourself in it. Yes, the water may turn a slightly strange color, but it is not going to stain you forever, and the upside benefits will far outweigh any potential downside.

Aromatherapy for Stress - Best Esential Oils
Alternatively, mix a cup of baby oil with one tablespoonful of vanilla extract, and use the mixture in the bath. Slices of citrus fruits like orange, lemons and grapefruit can work extremely effectively as well, particularly because grapefruit releases enkephalins into the air which are natural painkillers. Try mixing one cup of honey together with four of cheap red wine (even older, oxidized wine is fine) and use this mixture in your bathwater.

Any of these mixtures will help to create the relaxing bath time atmosphere that you need to remove harmful stress from your life. If by taking a bath every day in this way you can significantly reduce the anxiety and stress that you feel, it will help to boost your general wellbeing.

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