Aromatherapy For Beginners–What Does Smell Have to do with Stress Managment?


Today I’m sending you a message all about aromatherapy and how it can relieve stress.  Consider it an introduction course on aromatherapy for beginners!

 When many people think about aromatherapy they often don’t realize that there are various forms of it and that it’s actually something that EVERYONE can take advantage of!

According to a 2011 edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” aromatherapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce stress. Studies show that some scents actually have the ability to change hormone levels and affect brain chemistry. Because they are most beneficial when used in conjunction with the sense of touch, these oils are frequently used in massage oils, soaps and lotions.

Why Aromatherapy Works for Stress

• Essential oils seep through sweat glands and hair follicles into the body’s circulation system where they strengthen the immune system and fight off germs.

• Some oils may also promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself by encouraging it to release toxins and build new cells.

• Tiny little particles of aromatic substances are absorbed through the nose, sending messages straight to the brain’s limbic region, the center for feelings, sexual arousal and memories.

• Aromatherapy’s ability to affect the emotions enables it to soothe frazzled nerves, lift depression and contribute to general well-being.

• Certain oils, like sandalwood or lavender, stimulate the production of feel-good hormones called serotonins, making these scents an antidote for insomnia and stress.

• Long illnesses or periods of stress create elevated levels of cortisol, the hormone produced during the fight or flight response, and contribute to illnesses like heart trouble or diabetes. Essential oils help to prevent this cycle by reducing stress before it affects the physical body or mental health.

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Blends of Essential Oils Work Best

• There are many aromatherapy oils, and each has its own special odor and healing qualities. Depending upon the kinds of oils used together, a wide variety of benefits are possible.

• Aromatherapy blends are often used with massage, providing a double whammy with a combination of smell and touch in addition to a mixture of oils.

• Basic oils fall into several broad categories: floral, citrus, woodsy, earthy, oriental, spicy, medicinal, herbal and minty. Scents within a given group usually go well together, but blends may consist of oils from more than one category.

Although there are many different oils and combinations that help to combat stress, the following are some of the most commonly used: peppermint, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, frankincense, basil, sandalwood, sweet marjoram and clary sage.

In spite of the successful use of aromatherapy in alternative and complementary therapies, some people question its curative effect. It is hard for anyone, however, to deny its preventive qualities. Scientists have long known that there is an interactive action between the body and the mind, and it only stands to reason that anything that calms the emotions and relieves fatigue will also help to fight off illnesses.

So, are you ready to try adding aromatherapy to your stress relief regimen? It’s a perfect, cheap and simple way of relieving stress that comes in many different forms so you’re certain to find an aromatherapy stress relief technique that works for you.

I’m a big fan of aromatherapy for stress relief and so you’re sure to find everything that you need in order to get started with aromatherapy in my AROMATHERAPY FOR STRESS RELIEF BOOK. It’s very beginner-friendly so you’re sure to find it useful!

To your stress relief success!


About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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