The Benefits of Aromatherapy

What if something as simple as inhaling scents could help enhance your mood, relax and de-stress you, and even ease minor aches and pains?

Sounds like something magical doesn’t it? Well, it really is.

The scents that we are referring to here are aroma oils with their many benefits. You may think that using aroma oils requires you going to an aroma therapist or a spa. Well, you don’t need to!

Here’s how you can easily do aroma therapy at home and why you should consider doing it.

Why aroma therapy

Aroma therapy uses essential oils which are extracted from plants. They have been used for a long time to improve mood and health. Applying or even inhaling their scent stimulates the brain and nervous system. This in turn improves your emotions, breathing, blood pressure, and pulse rate. It also strengthens your memory, reduces stress levels and leads to hormonal balance. To say the least, aroma therapy will have a holistic effect on your body.

How to do it

The simplest and easiest way to go about it is to select an essential oil of your choice and pour it in a diffuser. Or you can also soak a cotton ball in the oil and use that instead. You can keep the diffuser near your bedside, living room, or any other setting you wish. The scent will gradually spread into your surroundings, lifting the whole aura of the room.

Another way is to mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with some carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. Then massage it gently over your skin. It will absorb into your skin and then bloodstream, and give you added satisfaction and relief.

Moreover, you can also inhale the aroma via a steam bath. However, remember these oils are very strong and should be used in a very limited amount. You must also not inhale them directly.

Which oils to consider

Use tea tree oil if you want to de-stress, or bergamot if you want to calm down. Peppermint can be used to sharpen your mind while using lavender and rose oil combined will provide you a heavenly feel of relaxation.

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