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Aromatherapy can help you beat stress and more! Here’s how you can make it a part of your life

Updated on:1 April 2021, 19:11pm IST
Aromatherapy has become a rage all over the world, and now we know why! It provides users with a range of holistic benefits that improve not just physical health, but also mental well-being.
Dr Rekha Shukla
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Use aromatherapy to calm down and unwind after a long day. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Aromatherapy is a comprehensive healing treatment that utilizes normal plant concentrates to advance well-being and health. In some cases, it’s called essential oil treatment. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils restoratively to improve the health of the body, mind, and soul. It improves both physical and emotional health. 

Aromatherapy is considered both an art and a science. It has recently been recognised as an effective alternative and natural treatment for several issues. For the uninitiated, aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application. It’s not just the aroma that’s a draw, but fragrant aromatherapy also helps with respiratory sanitization, and provides psychological benefits. 

Inhaling essential oils activate the olfactory system, the piece of the brain associated with smell, including the nose and the brain. Molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass on to the lungs, and then to different parts of the body. 

Keep calm and try aromatherapy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

As the molecules reach the cerebrum, they influence the limbic system, which is connected to the feelings, pulse, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormonal balance. 

Benefits of aromatherapy
  • Aromatherapy is a reciprocal treatment. It isn’t a fix for infections, rashes, or diseases; however, it can uphold the ordinary treatment of different conditions.
  • It has been effective in reducing: 

– Nausea

– Pain and body throbs

– Anxiety, tumult, stress, and sadness

– Fatigue and sleep deprivation 

– Muscular throbs 

– Headaches 

– Circulatory issues 

– Menstrual issues

– Menopausal issues

– Alopecia, or hair loss

A few kinds of psoriasis can be helped with aromatherapy, and so can some stomach-related issues. However, no essential oil must be ingested.

Toothache and mouth injuries can be eased using clove oil, however, it should just be applied topically and not gulped down.

How does aromatherapy help to reduce stress for a healthier life?

Even if you can’t visit a certified aromatherapist, you can still receive the benefits of aromatherapy within the comfort of your home. 

Feeling tired? then try aromatherapy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are a few ways, in which you can integrate aromatherapy into your daily life: 

Add essential oils to your bath water: Many individuals discover comfort in indulging  a hot shower, particularly when they encounter stressful circumstances. When essential oils are added to bath water, it can upgrade the experience and help you unwind and loosen up.

Use it as steam: Essential oils can help relieve congestion and sinus blockage, when they are coupled with steam. Add a few drops of essential oils to hot water, and inhale the relaxing scent.

Spray on fabrics: Lavender is commonly used to help relieve stress. and also promotes quality sleep. You might consider diluting a few drops of this essential oil with water in a bottle, spraying it onto your pillow cases or bath towels, whenever needed.

Aromatherapy can be convenient, especially for busy people who need something quick. Here are some ways in which it can be used to reduce stress for a better and healthier life:

Candles

Candles are incredible for aromatherapy. Lighting a candle is presumably perhaps the least complex approach to add fragrance to a room, and change the vibe. The candles, similar to incense sticks, can help with relaxation. 

Be certain that you get quality candles that radiate an aroma that is adequately powerful. 

Essential oils can really help you manage your stress. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Diffusers

Aromatherapy diffusers use essential oils and diffuse them through the air. Diffusers are extraordinary because they spread the aroma all over. The battery-run ones are safer than candles.

Massage

Aromatherapy combined with massage has several great benefits. In case you’re fortunate to have somebody who will exchange kneads with you, this can be a great and modest system for stress alleviation. If not, paying for a back rub from an expert is always a good idea!

Dr Rekha Shukla Dr Rekha Shukla

Dr Rekha Shukla is a BAMS (MD) with 7 years of experience. She is an Ayurveda consultant who focuses on lifestyle disorders and offers dietary advice.