ABC News 2011
True, aromatherapy can help reduce pain and stress. One of the most effortless, yet effective ways to relieve stress is by using aromatherapy. Exposing your senses to strong smelling chemicals such as essential oils can positively affect your hormone production, brain chemistry, and stress levels.
Aromatherapy is most effective when you involve your sense of touch and smell:
Sense of touch: Using warm massage oils and/or essential oils in a warm bath are both powerful ways to use aromatherapy for stress relief. The additive factor of heat allows the oils to soak into your skin and therefore affect your bloodstream. This will in turn loosen the blood flow and improve your circulation. In addition, including a massage will strengthen the affects by using two different stress relieving methods.
Sense of smell: There are a variety of scented oils and candles one can use to relieve stress. The combination of both strong scented candles and oils is known to increase the effectiveness of anxiety reduction. Make sure to use scented candles/oils that are appealing to you and your senses. Popular scents are rose, mandarin, peppermint, clary sage, lemon balm, and lavender.
Not only can foods help you relieve stress, but so can scents. I know when I smell certain scents I tend to feel better. Let’s take a look at some these popular scents and see how they will work for us.
- Lavender – Bubble baths are one of the best ways to use this stress reliever. Sachets of lavender in you dresser drawers will give you light scent every time you open them.
- Coconut – This is an easy one to use in the summer. A lot of suntan lotions smell of coconut. Use the lotion to keep you soft and smooth and smelling of coconut when you are outside.
- Jasmine – The aromatic effect of jasmine oil stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.
- Chamomile – The best way to use chamomile is in tea.
- Rose – A massage oil helps various types of female problems, including menstrual cramps, PMS symptoms, and moodiness during menopause. Many women report that simply smelling rose’s fragrance is enough to do the trick.
- Vanilla – White vanilla candles are very relaxing. Burning the candles while taking a lavender bubble bath is a great way to take in both scents.
- Cinnamon – drop a few drops of cinnamon oil in the shower and let the steam disperse the aroma.