Aromatherapy for Stress Relief and Relaxation

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Are you interested in aromatherapy for stress relief? Christmas will be here in two weeks.  That is fourteen days for those of you that are counting. If you’re trying not to count the days, like me, two weeks sounds much better.  The list of things I still need to get done for clients before Christmas is huge.  The list of things I still need to get done around the house to prepare for Christmas is even larger.  I have barely started shopping.  While my Christmas cards are made, they are not addressed. Nothing is wrapped. The tree is not up. I haven’t even dented the Christmas cookie baking that needs to be done.  I cannot find my kitchen table for all the boxes and projects that are scattered across the top and my stress level is going up.

Aromatherapy for stress relief

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Aromatherapy for Stress Relief

Most of the time, I can manage stress fairly well.  A few quiet minutes before bed and a cup of chamomile tea help me regroup my thoughts. Lately, I have been having more problems unwinding at the end of the day.  I’ve been hearing a lot about aromatherapy but I honestly didn’t know anything about it. Did you know that the art of aromatherapy can be traced back to the great ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome where essential oils were valued for their many uses?

Aromatherapy is using the scent of different plants to make you feel better. The scent you choose depends on how you want to feel. Different scents wake you up, help relieve stress or help you get a good night’s sleep. The most important thing to understand is that there is a difference between a fragrance oil and an essential oil.  Fragrance oils are basically artificial scents.  Essential oils are scents that are distilled from plants.  They have the same fragrance and properties of the plant they come from.

Aromatherapy for stress relief

Essential oils can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser or in a massage with a skin and body oil.  I do not have a lot of room in my home so I found that the Scent Ball Aromatherapy Diffuser worked perfectly for me.  This diffuser plugs directly into an electrical outlet which means that it is not in my way and isn’t something that can be spilled or knocked over by the cats.  I simply added five drops of an essential oil on the reusable pad insert.  I placed the insert into the diffuser and plugged it in.  After a few minutes, I was able to notice the scent and experience the benefits.

Aromatherapy for stress relief
If you have someone in your life that will give you a massage, you can enjoy aromatherapy for stress relief with a soothing massage.  Wonder Oil is a relaxing blend of olive oil, sunflower seed oil, wheat germ oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil. It also includes a blend of 14 herbs in a base of safflower oil plus a citrus blend of grapefruit, lemon, and orange.  You can use it as a hot oil treatment for your hair or even a cuticle oil for tired hands. Puritan’s Pride offers a variety of essential oils to use in aromatherapy for stress relief. If you are feeling stressed out, I definitely recommend you try aromatherapy.  It only takes a few moments to close your eyes at your desk or in your room and refocus using these products.

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