Stress Relief Activities; Healing with Aromatherapy
Stress relief activities can be easier than you think – healing with aromatherapy is a great example. Here’s why –have you ever caught a whiff of perfume on a breeze and suddenly been transported to another time or place?
Aromas have the power to evoke distant memories of people and places because of all our senses, the sense of smell is most strongly linked to the subconscious. Scents are capable of producing immediate, intense responses because they are processed by the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion.
The sense of smell is also strongly linked to many of our most basic survival instincts, such as appetite and sleep functions. Healing with Aromatherapy uses this connection to create a sense of well-being and promote healing.
Aromatherapy offers a gentle, soothing, and effective treatment for many conditions, including depression, anxiety, viral infections, malfunctioning organs and skin disorders,
as well as improving circulation and memory.
Aromatherapists use essential oils (pure, concentrated plant extracts) for their fragrance and ability to produce profound changes in the mind and body.They’re particularly effective in treating stress-related conditions, and are frequently used as home remedies.
The practice of healing with aromatherapy using essential oils dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, when extracts of specific plants’ flowers, buds, roots, and bark were used to treat disease.
It was revived in the 1930’s when chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burned his hand and plunged it into a container of pure lavender oil for relief. His hand healed in hours,
leading Gattefosse and other scientists to pursue further experimentation and develop aromatherapy treatments still in use today.
What it Does
Essential oils have varying physical and psychological benefits. Their properties can be antiseptic, warming, cooling, astringent, stimulating, soothing, relaxing, sedative,
decongestant or antispasmodic.
Aromatherapists’ believe certain aromas can improve your sense of well-being and alleviate emotion related disorders. Various studies that measured the heart rate, muscle tension and skin temperature of test subjects before and after inhaling different scents support this belief.
Studies demonstrated how aromas affect an individual’s stress, behavior and performance levels, establishing that inhaling certain fragrances caused subjects’ positive moods.
For a soothing or energizing bath, try adding eight drops of essential oil to a full tub, or four drops a foot bath. Spraying essential oil compounds in the air adds a pleasant fragrance to the room as well as calming the nerves and promoting a sense of well-being in everyone in it.
When using aromatherapy to balance and align your chakras, use the chakra-specific oils recommended in my Wishful Thanking Manifestation Package. Remember, only Lavender and Tea Tree oils can be used neat (directly on the skin). All others must be mixed with a carrier oil. Now that you know about stress relief activities; healing with aromatherapy, why not give it a try? Please drop me a line and let me know your results!
Love & Light, Alexandria