Do you find yourself feeling stressed after a hard day"s work? Or do you find yourself tossing and turning during the early morning? Maybe you need to try aromatherapy to help yourself loosen up.
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses essential oils from plants to provide healing. Ancient civilizations have been using this practice due to the benefits that fragrances do to our body. Here are some of those soothing benefits that you would enjoy:
Reduce Nausea. According to a study, ginger seems to be as effective as placebo in reducing nausea. Peppermint oil seems to be also an effective treatment for nausea.
Reduce Anxiety. A randomized controlled study on ICU patients found out that lavender oil reduces level of anxiety and also increased quality of sleep. Aside from lavender, rose, bergamot and frankincense can also help reduce anxiety.
Fight Depression. Clary sage can help calm your nerves and change your mood. Frankincense, chamomile, ylang ylang oil and jasmine seem to also offer the same effects.
Boost Immune System. A study found out that clary sage seems to have active antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil is used as an antiseptic and effective against yeast infections. Additionally, eucalyptus oil seem to also display anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
Speedy Recovery. Nutmeg oil seems to have anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce swelling of joints. Tea tree and coconut oil speed up healing of skin ailments such as rashes and minor cuts.
Be Smarter. A study found out that lavender oil can improve cognitive performance and physiological responses. Lemon oil has a calming effect which can promote concentration.
Digest Better. Aromas from herbs can help stimulate digestive fluids which can result to better digestion. Basil can help you recover from nausea and chamomile can soothe acidity.
Sleep better. Lavender, clary sage, valerian root, bergamot, frankincense, chamomile and marjoram can help induce sleep.
Headache Relief. Essentials is natural treatment in easing headaches. Eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender and spearmint can ease stress which is considered to be one of the major causes of headaches.
Improve Blood Circulation. Lavender can be mixed with another oil such as coconut or almond oil to increase blood circulation by massaging on arms and legs.
So, if you"re thinking of a more natural way to ease your stress or get a better sleep, you can try aromatherapy which is safer than other over-the-counter the medicine. Wake up and smell the roses!
Want to unwind during bath time? Check out this video to create your own aromatherapy bath salt!