At times when anxiety levels are at their peak (wedding planning rush, hello), even skeptics may want to try aromatherapy to get back into balance. After all, essential oil treatments have been around for thousands of years and are trending again today thanks to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr. We decided to collect everything you need to know about aromatherapy in this article. Perhaps soon all the shelves in your bathroom will be occupied with bubbles of healing oils.
How do essential oils work?
Neuroscientists claim that the aromas of essential oils directly affect the emotional centers of a person. Moreover, this happens in the shortest possible time after the aroma enters the nose. They are not a cure and cannot replace medication, but they are a valuable way to take care of yourself.
What problems can essential oils help with?
Essential oils help to comprehensively deal with problems caused by stress. Their benefits range from improving the quality of sleep and relieving tension, to boosting energy and returning emotional balance throughout the day.
How to use essential oils?
In order to feel the healing effect of the aroma, a couple of drops are usually enough. You can rub them in your palms, and then bring them to your face and take a slow breath. Another option is to apply the oil to your pulse points and wrap yourself in the scent. Or you can add a few drops to a bathtub or diffuser to scent the entire living space.
Are essential oils suitable for everyone?
Aromatherapy affects everyone, to a greater or lesser extent. The only limitation is possible allergic reactions. Before applying an essential oil to large areas of skin, do a test. Leave a couple of drops on the crook of your elbow and watch your skin throughout the day. If no irritation occurs, then the oil is safe to use.
Which essential oils are suitable to fight anxiety?
To reduce anxiety, look for oils that contain vetiver, neroli, clary sage, and geranium (or mixes thereof). Turn on meditation during aromatherapy, so you help your brain focus on inhaling relaxing aromas. Lavender, chamomile and rose oils promote relaxation and healthy sleep. Use them an hour before going to bed - falling asleep will be easy and deep.