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How to Use Aromatherapy to Relieve Stress

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Ever wonder what’s all the buzz about aromatherapy?  And, can smell and scents really affect our mood and relieve stress?  We checked out Aromaweb.com and Livestrong.com to learn more about aromatherapy, essential oils and the use of aromatherapy products for specific uses.

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.  An essential oil is a liquid that is typically distilled (by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant.  Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. In general, aromatherapy products are applied externally or inhaled.

Aromatherapy Products and Their Specific Uses

Chamomile
Chamomile helps with PMS, burns, skin conditions, headaches and digestive problems. Chamomile is often used in the form of herbal tea.

Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is typically commonly combined with peppermint to help with respiratory problems associated with colds or the flu. Some over-the-counter cold medications have eucalyptus as an ingredient.

Ylang-Ylang
Ylang-ylang is said to work as an antidepressant, relieve stress and reduce muscle tension. Ylang-ylang is often inhaled or applied in the form of lotion.

Clove

Clove oil is used as a topical analgesic for toothaches, helps with nausea or vomiting, is an antispasmodic and helps prevent gas. Clove can also be used as an antiseptic for cleaning.

Lavender
Lavender helps heal burns and wounds, is an anti-inflammatory agent and has a sedative effect on nervousness and anxiety. Lavender can be added to a bath, added to a perfume or inhaled.

Peppermint
Peppermint is often used to treat headaches, muscle aches and stomach problems.

Rose
Rose oil helps with PMS, anorexia, respiratory problems, insomnia and skin problems.

This list of aromatherapy products was borrowed from Livestrong. For a full list of essential oils for emotional wellbeing, clickhere.

General Safety Information: Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner for all of the following situations:

  • Before taking any essential oil internally
  • If you are pregnant, have live damage, cancer of any other medical condition
  • Before using essential oils with children.
  • Use extreme caution when using oils with children.

For more information, visit the Essential Oil Safety Information page.

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Aromatherapy has been a part of my life since I was in 8th grade. My aunt wrote a few books on the topic, and of course we were all on the aromatherapy train! LOL when I meditate I make my room has a relaxing scent (aside from relaxing ambiance, etc) to help me in the process. Out sense of smell triggers memories and feelings so I think this article is an excellent one to share. Great post! Best, Li @LaLicenciada @HerDeepThoughts

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