THE BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and we are showing members how to use the Club to support your overall mental health and wellness. Aromatherapy is a great addition to any wellness routine and can help melt away stress and anxiety, boost your mood and help you get a better night’s sleep. Learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy, the different types of essential oils and how they may best be used to fit your wellness needs.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is an all-natural alternative medicine that uses essential oils for therapeutic benefit. The oils activate the smell receptors in your nose which send messages directly to your brain’s limbic system which affects your emotions, memory, learning and even appetite. Different scents are used to stimulate different types of mental and physical ailments or as just a natural air freshener. You can use aromatherapy in a multitude of ways such as topical application, direct inhalation, or through steam-like humidifier or a diffuser.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are made from taking flowers, peels of plants, leaves, stems, bark, seeds and roots of a wide range of plants and steaming or pressing them to capture the compounds that produce fragrance. When using essential oils topically be sure never apply it directly to the skin it should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or olive. Essential oils can be used alone or mixed and blended.
BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY
There are many believed benefits of aromatherapy ranging from reducing stress and anxiety to helping aid in reducing physical pain. Below are some of the most common benefits and the essential oils that best support the results you are looking to achieve.
- REDUCE STRESS + IMPROVE SLEEP | Lavender is scientifically proven to reduce stress as it helps to calm the nervous system, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate as well as rewires certain brain waves to help you become more relaxed. We recommend adding a few drops into a hot bath or on your pillow at night for heightened relaxation. The best essential oils for combating stress, in addition to lavender, are lemongrass, geranium, jasmine and chamomile.
- RELIEVE ANXIETY | There have been quite a few studies that have shown the benefits of essential oils in aiding anxiety. Adding a blend of lavender to relax the nervous system, bergamot to reduce inflammation and boost your mood and frankincense for pain relief, to a lotion and/or body oil and rubbing it into the skin can have a large impact on anxiety and pain management. Other oils for anxiety include rose and chamomile.
- BOOST ENERGY + IMPROVE FOCUS | Essential oils invigorate your senses which can help give you a boost to finish out the day or helping you concentrate. Citrus oils, especially lemon, contain antioxidant terpenes that have a natural energizing effect on the body. Oils like rosemary help fight free radicals which helps improve brain function keeping you alert and focused. Other oils for energy and concentration: citrus oils, sage and basil.