SOOTHING STRESS WITH
this subject I feel compelled to speak from my own perspective. My
teasing me at this moment, suggesting I write an article about the
writing an article about stress. At times in my life I have taken on
quite a lot
of responsibilities resulting in huge workloads and I have a lot of
using aromatherapy to soothe all the myriad aspects of stress. "Myriad
aspects of stress" seems like an understatement when I consider how
symptoms cause even more symptoms that can snowball to become a full
have found that any small step you take to soothe even one symptom
the circle. Luckily health and well being can snowball just as easy as
is the use of essential oils. Most essential oils are produced by steam
distillation of plant material. They used to be the perfumes before
chemicals. It is the essential oil in a rose petal that makes it smell
rose and it is what we smell when a peppermint leaf is crushed in our
Aromatherapy is the use of pure, therapeutic quality essential oils
from botanical material. It is not the use of merely scented body care
similar products, almost all of which are scented with cheaper
fragrances. Nearly all the fragrances we encounter in perfumes, body
products and laundry & cleaning products are synthetic
and application are the two main ways essential oils are used in
Inhalation can simply be drops placed on a tissue or handkerchief and
to the nose, diffusers and air sprays can fragrance a room, steam
are especially therapeutic and of course these essences can be worn as
perfumes. Application of essential oils to the skin require dilution
Essential oils find their way into massage oil, lotion, cream, balm,
soap & shampoo making these products the most popular way oils
to the skin. Examples of other therapeutic applications would include
compresses, baths, foot & hand baths. Especially because our
topic here is
stress, the oils need to be incorporated into your life in a way that
the easiest and most convenient for you. This will influence your
aromatherapy methods listed above.
is not always just relaxation that is needed for dealing with stress.
be times when you need a pick-me-up because of lack of energy due to
stress. Irritability is experienced sometimes due to stress and the
are famous for making you feel more cheerful. Sometimes your thoughts
need to be
calmed but still more physical energy is needed also. Here it's good to
balancing essential oils mixed with other oils. There are many options
aromatherapy for these purposes and it is best to find oils that smell
you. There is no right or wrong with fragrances. What smells good to
not smell good to another. When you want to affect your thoughts, mood
emotions it is better to use essential oils that smell best to you.
good quality essential oils is an adventure. Their fragrances bring up
and associations unique to each individual. According to the scientific
community our sense of smell is the least understood compared to the
senses. The reason why essential oils have an effect on our mind, mood
emotions is easy to understand when you consider they enter our brain
our noses, triggering reactions in the limbic system of the brain. The
system then directly influences our nervous, endocrine and immune
on in my herb/aromatherapy business I created a starter kit for
consisting of six oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint,
Ylang Ylang. Over the years I have had cause to offer advice as to
of oils would be the best for a beginner, best to sell in a store, best
soothing most common problems, best for traveling and best for dealing
stress. I rethink the answer each time and always proudly realize the
starter kit takes care of everything.
specific physical problems can reduce stress. Essential oils offer many
like analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedating, antiviral, antibacterial,
antispasmodic that we can take advantage of. The true effect of stress
health is measured by how you deal with it, not the events or stress
remember an aromatherapy conference and trade show in Seattle, WA in
participated in many ways. Not only did I have to prepare to speak,
amounts of expensive product and booth decorations in advance, set up
and sell for 2 days, I’m a musician as well and had to travel to New
play a very big concert on the way to Seattle! Concerts like this take
enormous amount of preparation as well. I took along my essential oil
which enabled me to have the mental comfort that I could deal with
my way. They took care of the aching back, cuts, scrapes and bruises,
nose from airplanes and hotels, relaxation before the concert, the
a sore throat, stiff neck, mental fatigue and stomach ache from rich
celebrations after the trade show was over.
the most significant uniqueness of aromatherapy is that essential oils
deep and broad healing on many other levels of our being besides just
physical body. They have a profound effect on the psychological and
plane. These other aspects of the wholistic you are involved in your
well, making the use of essential oils absolutely, superior remedies.
of our unique emotional and personality histories may be contributing
current stress, it sure makes a lot of sense to get rid of that
immediately when pain is consuming our present attention. Here’s a
of what a wisely chosen group of essential oils can do for the physical:
PROBLEMS: Peppermint, Orange
PROBLEMS: Lavender, Ylang Ylang
PROBLEMS: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Marjoram
BLOOD PRESSURE: Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang
CIRCULATION: Marjoram, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
& SKELETAL PROBLEMS: Marjoram, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
Marjoram, Lavender, Orange
DEFICIENCY: Lavender, Eucalyptus
Ylang Ylang, Orange, Lavender
heart goes out to all those facing cancer and their caring loved ones.
be supreme stress for all those involved. Aromatherapy comforts at all
and in every situation. Essential oils are very concentrated though and
cancer even more caution is advised because the body is under extreme
conditions. The essential oils to avoid during cancer are: Basil
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress & Pine. Also think about the
specific areas of
the body involved with the cancer. During skin cancer you would be wise
all phototoxic essential oils because they make your skin more
ultraviolet rays of the sun or a tanning bed. There are a few oils that
potentially toxic to the liver and kidneys so if your cancer was
organs you may wish to avoid those as well. This kind of safety data is
usually available in common aromatherapy books but is easily available
our website cherylsherbs.com.
a brief profile of each essential oil in our starter kit including
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels. Avoid
with high blood pressure and
epilepsy. Not for small children.
Clean, Fresh, Medicinal, Camphoraceous
Respiratory, Circulation, Infection, Muscle/Joint, Immune, Allergies
Refreshing & stimulating, Helps concentration, Encourages
feeling constricted in life, Promotes logical thought
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels.
Floral, Sweet, Herbacious, Balsamic, Woody undertones
Skin, Respiratory, Infection, Muscle/Joint, Headache, High Blood
Insomnia, Immune, Allergies, Depression, Anxiety(nervous system)
Comforting, Helps inner acceptance of painful situations, Promotes
especially from old habits
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels. Avoid when pregnant, with
blood pressure, depression. Sedative.
Herbaceous, Green, Spicy
Respiratory, Circulation, High Blood Pressure, Muscle/Joint, Insomnia,
Calming for obsessions, Dispels feelings of persecution &
Soothes grief, sorrow and loneliness (Marjoram is so sedating though,
advised during depression.)
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels. Potentially sensitizing,
Fresh, Citrusy, Fruity, Sweet, Light
Digestion, Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety (nervous system)
Uplifting, Disperses irritability, Promotes courage and confidence,
those who "try too hard"
Mentha x piperita
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels. Avoid when pregnant, lactating.
irritant. Keep away from infants.
Minty, Sharp, Intense
Digestion, Respiratory, Circulation, Infection, Muscle/Joint, Headache
Invigorating, Promotes concentration, Encourages self acceptance by
the ego, Helps with pride and inferiority
Cananga odorata genuina Hook
SAFETY: Tested non-toxic at low levels. Potentially sensitizing. Do not
inflamed skin. Excess may cause headache, nausea.
Sweet, Heavy, Narcotic, Cloying, Tropical Floral with spicy-balsamic
Skin, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety (nervous system)
Warming, Heightens expression, Promotes feelings of joy &
Encourages sensuality, Softens guilt & harsh feelings toward
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