Most of you already know that exercise is a huge component for stress reduction.
There are many ways to reduce stress during the holiday season and throughout the year…… Take a deep breath! When you feel a scream or the urge to scream coming on, use one of the stress reduction therapies below. Try using them during stressful times before the urge arises.
More and more people are turning to aromatherapy, a natural remedy for stress reduction because they’re proven to relieve anxiety, relax tension and calm rocketing nerves.
Aromatherapy cheers you up while at the same time calms you down… Calm is good, happy is better, calm AND happy =the perfect solution!
By definition aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. While researchers, advertisers, or practitioner may submit a different definition of what aromatherapy is, all definitions focus on plant oils (namely essential oils) and their use in improving both the psychological and physical self.
Many classify aromatherapy as a type of alternative treatment or a division of holistic medicine. Others believe that aromatherapy is a proven science used both in the prevention and treatment of disease. Aromatherapy has actually been practiced since ancient times.
It has been said that aromatherapy can be used to cure and/or prevent many diseases.
Some other major uses of aromatherapy are in weight loss, the treatment of depression and the treatment of most infections besides stress reduction/control.
How Aromatherapy Works
Aromatherapy involves the inhalation of various smells, or aromas. These aromas are held in the essential oils. What actually happens when one inhales various aromas is actually more complex than one may think.
The brain registers aroma twice as fast as it does pain. This is why the inhalation of aromas can so powerfully transform ones emotions. Smell is the only sense that bypasses the blood-barrier to the central nervous system. Through the olfactory system, essential oil molecules have direct access to the brain, the area of center of emotions and memory.
3 TYPES OF AROMATHERAPY
1. Lavender is the most versatile and useful oil.
It Relaxes, Soothes, restores and balances your body and mind. It calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs and is excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head.
TIP: Add a drop to the pillow or sheet before sleep for a restful night sleep.
2. Chamomile has a long tradition in herbal medicine.
It is an essential oil that has been said to alleviate stress.
Chamomile can be used to cure and or prevent many illnesses. The best use of chamomile has been in herbal teas.
Chamomile oil is distilled from the dried chamomile flower.
Chamomile is a relaxant. It is known as calming oil and can be used to ease anger and strong emotions.
Other uses of chamomile oil include: colic, eczema, hot flashes, sprains, and even bed wetting!!!!
3. Vanilla extract is taken from the vanilla bean.
The production of this extract began in Mexico in its early centuries. It has been used for medical purposes through time including today. It has been used for different medical conditions ranging from breathing issues and reproductive conditions to emotional conditions such as anxiety.
Vanilla reduces anxiety and stress. Studies have shown that vanilla extract has a positive benefit on people who are dealing with stress and anxiety. The scent helps with this.
Since stress and anxiety cause so many different health problems, the use of vanilla extract to reduce anxiety and stress can be correlated with a variety of other health benefits as well.
TIP: Sipping water or milk that has some vanilla extract in it may help reduce anxiety in some people.
Vanilla extract is something that almost all of us keep in our kitchens. Even though most of us use it, though, not many people realize how many benefits it has. We use it primarily for taste. We don’t think about how it affects our health. But actually, vanilla extract does have a number of health benefits.
TIP: Add it to a brewing pot of coffee to add a bit of flavor to it as it is being made. Add a bit to milk for the kids.
Add Vanilla scent to yoga or a warm bath and you have a recipe for relaxation… Here’s a good article about the many benefits of Vanilla which my friend Robin has shared.
Yoga is described as any method by which such awareness and tranquility are attained. It is a course of related exercises and postures designed to promote physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Yoga can benefit both the body and the mind, it stimulates energy and balance. This is helpful for women in menopause or in the transition phase due to fluctuating hormonal levels which can at times be rapid. Yoga promotes better bloodcirculation and oxygenation to all cells and tissues. Yoga gets us to focus our minds and remote parts of our bodies.
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