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Aromatherapy and stress


By Spalding Today Columnist


Stress is described as anything which disturbs the normal balance of our mental and physical health. Stress related illnesses are the most prevalent health problems of our time. During a recent study of stress levels in the UK results found that 74 per cent of people have felt stressed, overwhelmed and unable to cope. Our modern day lifestyles and increased stress levels are taking their toll on our bodies leading to depression, anxiety and poor physical and mental health. It is important to recognise your symptoms and take action to reduce the levels of stress to prevent illness.

Looking after our mind and bodies has become more important than ever, taking time to rebalance is essential to maintain our emotional well-being, and we regularly need to reboot, soothe away stress and relax.

Massage, meditation and yoga are all hot topics at the moment for reducing stress. Regular massage combined with aromatherapy essential oils will provide a double whammy of benefits. Aromatherapy massage works physically and emotionally and is an excellent de-stressing treatment. Aromatherapy massage works on your breathing and inhalation while the comforting powerful touch releases Oxytocin and reduces the vicious circle of tension.

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Aromatherapy can also be used at home to reduce tension, in today's article I am going to guide you through a few essential oils to help you relax at home. Essential oils can be blended with a carrier oil and applied to your skin daily or a few drops can be added to a bath or put into an atomiser. However for the best results book a massage and take the time out. Aromatherapy is the ancient art of healing using essential oils. Essential oils have powerful healing properties and can have a positive effect on the emotions and offer a wide range of therapeutic properties.

There are a huge array of essential oils at our disposal in coping with stress. The sedative and antidepressant oils initially induce relaxation and are ideal for using when experiencing stress. Lavender is my all time favourite and is sometimes known as the 'Mother of All Oils' as it offers relief for a multitude of issues as it soothes the nervous system, reducing the feelings of irritation and restlessness. Bergamot is described as an uplifting essential oil and is ideal for helping mental and physical well-being. Rose has traditionally been know as the 'Queen of all Flowers' and is often thought of as the queen among essential oils. Rose is a gentle but potent antidepressant and is especially helpful during emotional and hormonal disturbances.

Camomiles are emotionally calming and soothing, Clary sage is a powerful tonic and is likely to be helpful in all kinds of stress. Geranium is known for balancing the hormonal and nervous system and Neroli is ideal to blend when treating emotional stress reducing anxiety.

Jo Esdale talks about aromatherapy and stress (16358337)
Jo Esdale talks about aromatherapy and stress (16358337)

During stress the body is less able to absorb nutrients, some supplements especially B vitamins and vitamin C may increase energy levels while spearmint oil helps to calm muscular pain in the colon and relieves poor appetite associated with stress. Try to take an aromatic bath, make your bath time a ritual of relaxation, light some candles and set time aside, add a few drops of pure essential oil into the bath as the warm water is running.

My best advice is to get massages as often as you possibly can. The benefits of massage is cumulative, you will feel good following the massage and for hours afterwards, regular massage will prolong mental, physical and emotional well-being.

For further information please contact us at Essential Well-being on 01775 249425.



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