True or False: Can Aromatherapy Help Relieve Stress?
True, aromatherapy can help reduce pain and stress.
One of the most effortless, yet effective ways to relieve stress is by using aromatherapy. Filling your senses to strong smelling chemicals such as essential oils can positively affect your:
- hormone production
- brain chemistry
- and stress levels
Popular scents are:
- and lavender
Did you know? The scent of lavender used in waiting rooms has been shown to help reduce stress prior to dental treatments.
Not only can foods help you relieve stress, but so can scents. I know when I smell certain scents I tend to feel better. Let’s take a look at some these popular scents and see how they will work for us.
- Lavender – Bubble baths are one of the best ways to use this stress reliever. Sachets of lavender in you dresser drawers will give you light scent every time you open them.
- Coconut – This is an easy one to use in the summer. A lot of suntan lotions smell of coconut. Use the lotion to keep you soft and smooth and smelling of coconut when you are outside.
- Jasmine – The aromatic effect of jasmine oil stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.
- Chamomile – The best way to use chamomile is in tea. Chamomile is know to reduce stress and aid in sleepless nights.
- Rose – A massage oil helps various types of female problems, including menstrual cramps, PMS symptoms, and moodiness during menopause. Many women report that simply smelling rose’s fragrance is enough to do the trick.
- Sandalwood – Is used to sedate the nervous system, subduing nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, and to some degree, reducing nerve pain.
- Vanilla – White vanilla candles are very relaxing. Burning the candles while taking a lavender bubble bath is a great way to take in both scents.
- Cinnamon – sprinkle cinnamon into a pot of boiling water to fill the house with this wonderful smell.
This list above is missing a few of my favorite scents. Here are my additions:
- Fresh baked chocolate cake
- The smell of a new born baby
- The smell of a freshly washed horse
- Fresh laundry
- Coppertone suntan lotion
- A new leather coat
Please share what are your favorite scents that make you feel good or bring back relaxing memories?
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