After a busy tiring week, you may need to take a peaceful, relaxing break from your work. I would like to suggest one of my favorite relaxing methods – aromatherapy, which has become popular these days.
Aromatherapy means therapy using fragrant natural oils. It is a holistic approach for healing the body with botanical oils such as rose, lemon, lavender and peppermint. Aromatherapy may use only necessary oils or sometimes necessary oils in mixture with other unconventional medical practices.
The necessary oils are massaged into the skin, or inhaled straight. They are remedies for ache, tension and exhaustion. They can nourish the skin and revitalize the full body.
Necessary oils have an effect on feelings by removing fatigue, decreasing Angst and encouraging repose. When inhaled, they work on the intellect and nervous system through motivation of the olfactory nerves.
The essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses and seeds. There are about 150 vital oils. Most of these oils have sterile properties; some are antiviral, anti-inflammatory, painkilling, antidepressant and expectorant.
Aromatherapy is not only found at spas but it is extensively used at home, clinics and hospitals for several reasons such as relieving labor pain, pain caused by the side effects of the chemotherapy undergone by the cancer patients, and cardiac patients.
The major branches of aromatherapy comprise:
Home aromatherapy (self treatment, perfume & cosmetic use)
Clinical aromatherapy (as part of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy)
Aromachology (the psychology of odors and their effects on the mind)
Aromatherapy First Aid Stress Self Help
Lavender – It is delightful, refreshing, instantly cleans out your mind of negative thoughts
Clary sage – Is a wonderful emotional soothing remedy and great against emotional stress.
Bergamot – Is one of the most highly regarded anti-stress, anti-depressant essential oil
Peppermint – Is especially uplifting
Ylang Ylang – Is both relaxing and removes inhibitions
Sandalwood – It promotes restful sleep, stimulates immune system response, reduces stress and soothes the mind, body and spirit
Geranium – Is an anti-depressant oil. It also acts as a tonic to the nervous system that reduces tension and stress
Chamomile – Eases anxiety and tension and offers a feeling of peace and patience
Cinnamon – Helping fight stress and fatigue
Grapefruit – Is mental stimulator and can be used to counteract mental pressure/exhaustion and frustration, and improve clarity, balance, positivity and inspiration
Lemongrass – Reduce stress and panic, and improves concentration and focus
Cajeput – Help reduce sluggishness, apathy; provides stress relief
Caraway – Is good for stress, nervous tension, anxiety
How to use essential oils
To use any of these oils, put in quite a few drops into your desired odorless face mask and use as intended for. Or add right into your bathtub water.
Besides mixing essential oils into carrier oils, you can also blend them into creams and lotions that are full of lanolin as long as these products don’t have a smell. Then just softly rub into skin.
When excess disclosure to the sun is a difficulty, massage affected areas with lavender or chamomile oils blended with carrier oil.
A good ultimate clean for hair is a combination of apple cider vinegar, lemon essential oil and water. In a pot, mix 4 teaspoons water, 2 teaspoons vinegar and 3 drops lemon oil. Massage into hair and clean well.
One-half cup dried up rosemary leaves mixed with 1/2 cup olive oil makes a good hot oil treatment for hair. Mix ingredients in a pan and heat up. Coat hair with the mix then enfold in plastic for 20 minutes. Wash carefully.