De-Stress with Aromatherapy

by The Cooperative
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine approach that utilizes essential oils to improve physical and mental well-being. Due to their increased availability and versatility, they have become popular in the holistic health world.

Aromatherapy Practice

The foundation of aromatherapy is essential oils extracted from plants, herbs, flowers, and trees. The aromatic properties of each oil can provide individual health benefits and healing properties. For example, lavender oil is used to promote relaxation, while peppermint oil is intended to alleviate headaches. Essential oils are applied in the following ways:
  • Inhalation: Inhalation is often accomplished through diffusion. Specifically, three to five drops of oil are added to diffuser appliances or candles to disperse the scent in large areas. Oils can also be inhaled through the nasal passages with steam treatment. Oil is added to hot water and breathed in through a towel during this technique. Short on time? You can inhale the aroma straight from the bottle!
  • Skin Application: Essential oils are applied to the skin for quick absorption into the bloodstream. This practice is frequently used during massage for detoxification and muscle rejuvenation. However, combining essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive or jojoba, is critical as the high concentration can trigger soreness or discomfort. 
Essential oils can also be creatively incorporated into your daily routine. They can be mixed with bath salts for a calming soak, added to spray bottles for a soothing sleep mist, or blended with shea butter for a moisturizing body balm.  

Mental Health Benefits

Essential oils can benefit mental health by reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. When inhaled, they can stimulate “feel-good” chemicals in our brains. These hormones increase feelings of love, joy, and excitement. Likewise, they can ease stress, anxiety, and depression. They can also help you feel relaxed and can improve sleep.
Aromatherapy can be advantageous for both our physical and mental health. However, essential oils are continuously undergoing research, be sure to consult your doctor before use, especially if you are pregnant or have any severe medical conditions.  
By, Coach Kaleigh

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