Technology has transformed our vast world into a giant global village. We are connected to people from far off areas of the world, and that is really exciting as it helps us visit the mystique natural beauty of other parts of the world where we might not even have thought of traveling to. However, according to research, this onset of technology and social media has also led to increased stress levels in the new generation. The more connected we are to the digital world, the more isolated we feel from the real one. Getting envious of the vacation pictures and luxurious lifestyle blogs posted by others leads to severe stress levels and messes up the sleep cycle and mental wellbeing.
Anxiety and stress can be mentally crippling. Your physical health may be thriving, but if your mental health is in jeopardy, it’s bad news for you. In such a stressful world, it is very important to acknowledge your health status and implement techniques to help reduce the stress and keep a healthy body and mind. However, you don’t necessarily need medication to keep your mental health in check. You can make soothing techniques a part of your daily routine to keep yourself calm and composed to avoid any sudden and heavy bursts of stress in the form of panic attacks and anxiety attacks.
If you’ve ever smelled fresh cookies or banana bread coming out of the oven, you know how mesmerizing some scents can be and how quickly they can uplift you. On smelling a scent, our olfactory sensors send signals to the parts of the brain responsible for mood and memory. Which is why a scent can trigger an old memory where you smelled a similar scent, and change your mood.
Due to such quick action of our olfactory nerves, scents can change our mood within a matter of seconds. Aromatherapy relies on the power of our olfactory sense and its ability to activate certain parts of the brain for a refreshing feeling. According to psychiatrists, the fragrance in essential oils acts as a powerful aromatherapy agent and works wonders. Different essential oils have varying scents, and what’s important is that you identify which one works best for you so you can choose one with a scent that calms you and helps relieve stress. You can’t just get a prescription for this, you’ll have to try out scents and use your judgement to find out your best match.
Essential oils have been in use to heal the mind and body. These have also proven to be effective for relieving chronic migraines. Though the benefits are endless, their use for improvement of general health and ease in sleep is not debatable. Here is a short overview of different essential oils so you can review and see which one meets your requirement.
Frankincense, or olibanum as it is commonly known, has been in use to relieve stress and helps in coping with anxiety disorder. It has also been recommended for cancer patients as it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. You can use it to calm your nerves.
Chamomile is the perfect solution for sleepless nights. This oil helps in promoting sleep and is an effective remedy for insomnia. Use chamomile oil in a diffuser before lying down for a nap so that the calming fragrance can help you drift into sleep smoothly.
Sweet Orange Oil
This oil is mainly used for its antidepressant properties. Use a drop or two in the diffuser to enjoy its therapeutic properties. On a side note, it is also a mild aphrodisiac.
Eucalyptus oil is famous for its healing properties. It has proven its effectiveness in treating flu and colds, and helps in reducing pain. Oil diffuser will help spread its aroma in the room for a refreshing feel. You can also massage a few drops on your forehead for a quicker effect.
This one is known for its effectiveness in coping with depression. It can be used with black tea for a calming feeling. It also aids with digestive problems.
Lavender has a soft fragrance and helps relax the brain. Use it in an oil diffuser to fill your room with a therapeutic scent and you’ll feel well rested.
When using essential oils in a diffuser, take long, deep breaths. When we are stressed, our breaths are shallowed and the air doesn’t fully reach the air bags in our lungs. Deep breaths help maintain proper oxygen level in blood, and with an oil diffuser in place, they help in getting full advantage of the aromatherapy. It will calm your nerves and you’ll feel that fresh energy developing inside. Using essential oils during breathing exercises makes it really fun and helps feel relaxed and relieves stress. Sitting calmly with such fragrant scents in the room can be an instant mood lifter and will help you forget about the tireless day you may have had.
Essential oils can also be used along with carrier oils. Mix an essential oil of your choice with a carrier non-essential oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and rub the mixture onto your temples in short, soft strokes. Massaging your skin with these oils lets the skin absorb the essence directly and quickens the impact of the essential oils.
If you are stressed and are feeling under the weather, you can use this technique to give yourself an instant boost in the mood. Alternatively, you can also mix two or more essential oils to combine their essence and use for aromatherapy to extract more benefits, such as chamomile and lavender oil can be used together to club their benefits of curing insomnia while providing an aromatic environment so your stress can leave you in peace.
When trying out essential oils, it’s important to check and buy ones that are 100% pure so you’re getting your money’s worth and can enjoy the benefits to the fullest. Ensure that you are buying the plant based oils, and not the synthetic ones to avoid being ripped off.