When Christine Started having troubles sleeping, we all thought it was a minor issue; after all, she was a renowned workaholic and had mastered the art of staying awake and appearing cool. We always praised her because we believed she knew pretty well how to manage stress, what no one knew, not even Christine herself, was that the lack of sleep and rest that her body required was piling up and would soon become a big problem.
It first started with mood swings, the ever-lively Christine suddenly became cold, snapping at every slightest provocation. During meetings, she seemed so far, like one who was brooding, though she regained her vigour occasionally, it wasn’t like the Chatterbox Christine that we were used to. Next was the incessant headaches especially at night, Christine would grab her head in tears and say, “ I can’t sleep, it hurts a lot!”. The medicines weren’t helping, so we had to see a medical specialist suggestion by a friend. Imagine our surprise when the results of the tests came and she was diagnosed with stress.
Just like Christine, many have had to go through the pangs of stress, some have even had to go through worse experiences, and just like Christine, medicines have not helped much to salvage this situation, so while temporary cures are administered via these medications, the problem still remains.
Now, the truth is as long as we continue in the regular hustle and bustle of the everyday life, we cannot escape stress but here is the good news, Stress can be reduced using Aromatherapy!
After Christine was diagnosed, the specialist decided to recommend a therapist who would help her pull through using a more soothing means which he termed ‘Alternative Medicine’, the therapist, however, termed it ‘Aromatherapy’.
Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine practice which involves using selected fragrances or essential oils derived from a wide variety of healing plants to promote healthy living.
These essential oils are produced from different medicinal herbs, flowers, roots and trees grown all around the world which have proven to help people overcome health dilemmas associated with their physical, emotional and mental welfare.
As a matter of fact, these essential oils are being adapted to therapeutic practices, at spas, massage centres, yoga training centres, even hospice facilities.
Studies also reveal that natural healers turn to aromatherapy for the many antiseptics, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of these essential oils. According to research done by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Board, Aromatherapy has been adopted for various treatments some of which include managing pain, improving sleep time, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression and comforting sore joints.
Online health platform draxe.com also states that for over 5,000 years, this alternative medicine has been a trusted practice among cultures spanning the globe. Its use has been widely recognized so much that presently, over 40 different therapeutic-grade aromatherapy oils are available in health food stores. Some popular oils include Eucalyptus, Rosemary, lavender and Peppermint oil.
Aromatic essential oils provide enormous benefits to all categories of users. It offers to relief from chronic stress or anxiety (like that of Christine), insomnia, muscle and joint pains, skin problems, acne, blood sugar fluctuations, and other related health problems.
Perfumes, fragrances or scents do a lot more than we know. Applying them for therapeutic purposes can improve energy, transform moods and promote tranquillity. With these essential tips, you can also learn how to utilise this form of alternative medicine to suit your needs.
Aroma oils can be applied both for therapy and bliss! Oils can be added directly to the bath water or more suitably can be attenuated with honey, or milk. Using honey or milk helps the aromatherapy essential oils diffuse in the bath water in your bathtub. When using aroma oils directly be careful not to use varieties that are skin sensitive. For this purpose experts recommend Lavender for bath use as a result of their tender unguent features.
You can apply eight drops of your chosen essential oil brand to the water. Remember to keep the bathroom door closed to maximise the fragrance. Rustle your bath water around briskly before bathing.
A saying goes thus, “when the feet are clean, the body is clean”. In the same vein when your feet feel good, your entire body feels the same! The feet remain one of the key areas of aromatherapy. According to experts, the reflex points of the feet affect every area of the body, also, the skin on this lower layer of the body absorbs oils more quickly, a perfect instance is the harmattan season, amongst all part of the body, the feet react fastest. Hence, foot baths have become more appreciated over the years.
Besides what a wonderful way to coddle yourself! It also serves as a more feasible practice where a complete aromatherapy bath can’t be carried out. This serves as another effective means of relieving stress.
In addition, using essential oils on your hands can be really comforting for people with aching joints. A bowl of water with two to four drops of essential oil it will do the trick. Note while cool water revives that vivacity in you, warm water relaxes your nerves. Enjoy it!
Asides the chest, aromatherapy essential oils such as lavender and tea tree can be applied to the skin directly. This helps soothe the skin rash and gives you a more relaxing sensation
Use a few drops of aromatherapy oil on your hankie or light clothing, and breathe in deeply, with the air comes a sense of tranquillity and lightness that sets the mood in order. You can do this regularly to reduce tension. On the other hand, you could practice the hot water style; just add a few drops of your essential oil to a basin of hot water. Place your head over the bowl and cover with a large towel, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
According to Oshadhi, is one of the best ways to apply essential oils, is by massaging. This helps the body to lighten up the physique, soothes tension and lessens mental stress. Aroma oils should be watered down in host oils before applying to skin. The normal intensity is about ten to twenty tablespoons of essential oil to 30ml of another oil which serves as the host oil. However, for sensitive skin, a lesser concentration may be required.
You can also rub these oils on your chest. Oils such as Lavender and Eucalyptus provide a relaxing effect and supports your breathing, talking about easing tension and registering that sense of calmness you so desire. Just use ten to fifteen drops to rub the chest and upper part of your back.
Here is another tip that Christine explores regularly. Just pour a drop or two essential oils on a pillowcase and enjoy the calming wonders of essential oils. However, ensure you do not get the oil in your eyes!
You can also apply via scented candles, to enjoy a scented candle, place a drop or two of essential oils into the hot thawed wax as the candle burns out.
Whether at work or on the road, essential oils are always on alert to suit your needs. Inhaling tiny drops whether from your handkerchief or directly from the bottle, or use a roller ball as required can help you stay focused and relaxed.
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