When it comes down to it, I guess you could say I’m a fairly stressed person in a lot of situations. Over the years I have tried medications, drinking, over-the-counter medication, meditation, illicit substances, and more with little to no effect on the way I felt about the situation at hand. In the last year I have been turning to a combination of music and aromatherapy for a great amount of help in reducing my stress levels. Here are different aromatherapy scents you can try, their uses, and how they might help you in your life.
Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils has been around for thousands of years. These herbs have been used for centuries in massages, as a stimulating scent in candles, and as an elegant perfume with varying effects depending on the oil. Practitioners believe the scents in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose which then sends messages to the brain to act a certain way.
Eucalyptus- This oil is great for purifying and invigorating the mind. Often this oil in its’ pure form is used in many topical applications.
Ginger- This great scent is often used to stimulate the appetite and has been known to alleviate headaches.
Lavender- Lavender promotes relaxation. Using this oil in the bath, burner, or just in your house will promote calmness and a relaxed feeling. Great for sleep or meditation.
Lemon- This oil is a refreshing scent that is known to give a pick me up to a bad or neutral mood.
Peppermint- This oil is stimulating and known to invigorate the mind upon inhaling the often powerful aroma of mint.
Rosemary- This scent is used in many deodorants, shampoos, sprays, and soaps for its mind clarifying smells.
Spearmint- Like peppermint, this oil is invigorating, stimulating, and cooling. Added to bath water this oil can help to tighten skin pores all over your body.
Tea Tree- This potent oil has many real life applications such as bacteria treatment, fungi treatment, fighting viruses, and stimulating your immune system.
Ylang Ylang- This plant originated in the Philippines and soon after cultivation and production. It quickly made it’s way around the work. The highly original scent of this plant is known to calm both the mind and the body.
These oils can also be used in a variety of other uses than just for their scent. You can use these as a body spray, to add extra nutrients to your shampoo, as anti-aging support too skin cream, and as a skin softened in the bathtub. Some have reported that lavender oil treatments promote hair growth.
Along with these creative uses many oils can also help you repel bugs both at home and on the go. Here are the most common oils that repel most common insects:
- Castor Oil
- Cedar Oil
- Cinnamon Oil
- Citronella Oil
- Clove Oil
- Geranium Oil
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Mint Oil
No matter how you use these oils they have a large range of potential benefits for you to discover. Experiment and see which ones work the best for you. i use the lavender and mint, separately, for sleep but you never know what will work for you. Enjoy!
Swanson Health- The Complete Beginners Guide to Aromatherapy
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