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Aromatherapy for Stress

Author: Dr. Larita

Everyone has varying degrees of stress in their life on a scale from positive to distressful. Your mind, body, and soul will greatly benefit from the use of pure, safe, natural, and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by work, school, unemployment, or financial worries.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use might be geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils.

Several ways to use your synergistic blend of aromatherapy essential oils for stress follow:

  • Use 6-8 drops of your chosen oils or synergistic blend in a warm bath or shower every night.
  • Add 5 drops per teaspoon of your essential oils or blend to a carrier oil (i.e., almond, jojoba, liquid shea) and use this formula as a massage oil. You can also massage it on your body before leaving your home and wear it as a fragrance oil.
  • Use the oils in a diffuser at home or at work.
  • Add 8-10 drops essential oils blend to 2 1/2 cups water in a plant spray bottle and spray occasionally in your office or other environment.
  • If you are not allowed to use a diffuser at work (I don’t know why not) you can put a drop or two on a tissue and sniff it occasionally; you can sniff the bottle in which you have stored the oils; or you can put a dab of oil on the space between your nose and upper lip.

Yesterday, I talked about four levels of stress that get progressively worse and the essential oils to use to relieve their symptoms. These levels get steadily worse and I’m going to  give you some synergistic blends for their treatment. The only thing is, I’m going to group levels 1 and 3 together because their symptoms need essential oils with sedative and relaxing qualities. Level 2 needs oils with a stimulating quality so that your symptoms don’t elevate into level 3. If you have reached level 4, you need the heavier sedative quality essential oils also known as “hypnotics.”

The level 2 synergistic blends of stimulant oils for stress related disorders can be used in the office place to the benefit of everyone. You can use a plant spray bottle to disperse the oils in the air. I spray my desk, let it sit for a while and then wipe it down. It keeps down germs and keeps me calm in a stressful office environment. For all levels of stress, a bath after work is imperative – use 6 to 8 drops of  your synergistic blend or the essential oil of your choice. You can also use your stress relieving oils in a massage oil which can double as a body oil that you can put on before going to work.

Three Level 2 synergistic Blends – For General Use

Blend 1

  • 9 drops bergamot
  • 11 drops  geranium
  • 10 drops ginger

Blend 2

  • 15 drops grapefruit
  • 11 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops palma rosa
Blend 3
  • 7 drops neroli
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 20 drops lemon

Mental stress affects each of us differently and the way we react to it determines the severity of our suffering from that stress. Mental stress can be caused by the agony of being an over achiever, test anxiety, and worry over jobs not completed, money, or unemployment. The essential oils to treat mental stress are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, patchouli, bergamot, and grapefruit.

Emotional stress can be caused by problems in our relationships, parental guilt, grief, and the inability to give or receive love. The essential oils that will relieve these types of stress are geranium, bergamot, sandalwood, vetiver, palma rosa, cardamom and rose.

The stress types discussed so far this week in Natural Body Guru can happen to us in varying degrees. The essential oils mentioned can be mixed into synergistic blends to  accommodate each level of stress. The four intensifying levels of stress are as follows:

Level 1: starts as tiredness and grows into irritability, headaches, and insomnia

Level 2: depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, and helplessness

Level 3: persecution complex, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guild and depression, subject to viral and bacterial infections

Level 4: unexplained pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, strokes, ulcers, arthritis and further suppression of the immune system leading to all   types of physical problems.

If you can identify the level of your stress then you will be able to choose from the formulas and blends of oils that will be the most effective treatment for your stress. If you treat your stress at the lowest level, you can stop it from developing into the next higher level.  The medical field often distinguishes sharply between mental and physical health but the human mind and body work as one unit. To take care of one is to take care of the other.

Today we will look at three kinds of stress and the aromatherapy essential oils that are best to relieve them. Of course, nothing is cut and dried and one kind of stress can lead to another. The environmental stress you experience at work can lead to mental stress which, when you take it home with you,  can lead to emotional stress.

Environmental stress is caused by such things as fluorescent lights over your desk, machinery noise, constant phone calls, or too little space in which to work. Essential oils to treat environmental stress are cedarwood, coriander, geranium, cypress, chamomile, bergamot, and basil.

Chemical stress is caused by such things as too much coffee, too much alcohol, too much sugar, too many pharmaceuticals, smog and pollution. The best aromatherapy essential oils to treat chemical stress are lavender, patchouli, geranium, clary-sage, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary.

Physical stress is caused by pushing your body beyond its limits, for example, running in your fraternity’s “fun run,” working out at the gym, or continuously driving long distances.  Essential oils to treat physical stress are rosemary, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, thyme, marjoram, geranium or fennel.

Are you wondering how you can have a pleasant scent in your bedroom, sitting room or even in your office? Essential oils which are also healthy to your skin can be burned in the oil burner to release a sweet smelling fragrance into a room. The procedure involved is an easy and quick one;

Add ¾ of water into a copper bowl and place it on the oil burner;

Put drops of essential oil into the pot;

Place a lit tea candle under the pan in the oil burner; you can add more drops of the essential oil for more effect.

The water will evaporate leavingy our room smelling nice.

Do not leave the oil burner unattended.

The electric oil burner is an alternative method of burning essential oil. It doesn’t produce a bare frame as there’ll be no candle and it provides a stronger aroma compared to the silver oil burner. Electric oil diffuser is safer to use as there is no risk of getting burned or spilling the content in the bowl. However, it’s not okay to use in the bathroom, and it’s expensive. So go ahead and burn essential oil and relax in your room as you enjoy the great smell.

There are all kinds of stress in the world and all of us are under one kind of stress or the other. The kinds of stress and the degrees that we can have it are diverse. Because of this diversity in the sorts of stress, the essential oils or oil blends we use are also varied.

We first have to make a distinction between positive stress, normal stress and distress. Positive stress is the feeling you get when you perform your job fast and efficiently – it feels good when you accomplish something. Normal stress is what happens when circumstances require us to perform out of the ordinary accomplishments. You’ve heard of people who performed unheard of feats when they were in an accident and when it was over, they wonder how they did it!

Distress is the kind of stress that we do not want to have. It is when healthy stress becomes persistent and unrelieved leaving us with no energy, no will, and with increasing frustration over the ever increasing pressure. This kind of stress requires the use of aromatherapy essential oils. It will take some time to discuss all the different types and degrees of distress and the oil blends to treat it. I’m going to take several blogs to discuss this topic but today let me just mention  lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil can be used to treat most kinds of stress. Put 2 drops of lavender neat on your fingertips and gently massage your temples, forehead, the back of your neck and your cheek bones. You can also put lavender in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil and massage it all over your body before going to sleep. If you have no other oil, lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and I believe it should be in everyone’s medicine chest.

Aromatherapy for Coughs

Author: Dr. Larita

Aromatherapy is excellent for treating coughs, whether they are dry coughs or coughs with mucus. The aromatherapy treatments recommended here are much more natural for you than over the counter cough syrups and prescription medications.

To treat a dry cough, mix 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of this mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly. Next, massage your back and chest with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of thyme essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. If you like the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender in a steaming hot bowl of water.

If you have a cough with mucus, use the same treatment but instead of the drink described above, mix the following essential oils: 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of thyme, and 1 drop of tea tree blended together and then use only 1 drop of this mixture in a tablespoon of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of the honey-essential oil mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly.

Do you want to have that an exceptional look on your skin? If your answer is yes, you’ve got to use moisturizers on your body at least twice in a day. Different skins type use different moisturizers. Therefore it’s vital for you to identify what kind of skin you have to be able to purchase the right moisturizer. Facial moisturizers are different from body moisturizers and both oily and dry faces need the moisturizers.

Applying Facial moisturizers every morning helps to keep your skin dehydrated throughout the day. Make sure to use it after cleansing your face with lukewarm or warm water and mild soap as hot water is harmful to your skin. Pat your face with a clean towel and rub the moisturizer before it’s too dry for easy absorption.

Facial moisturizer prevents your face from aging and getting wrinkled even in future. So ensure you reapply in the evening as well to restore your skin’s moisture. The cream that has SPF is good to be used during the day as it protects your skin from ultraviolet rays. Remember to use water-based lotions if you have oily skin and oil-based creams for dry surfaces. Moisturizers always keep your face glowing and healthy.

Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance mental and physical well-being. Many believe that inhaling essential oils stimulates brain function and that when they are absorbed through the skin and travel through the bloodstream, they promote physical healing.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine and it is used in a variety of ways, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
There are a over 300 essential oils available, each with its own healing properties but it would be expensive to start off with that many. If you want to start your own aromatherapy pharmacy, I suggest the following oils because of their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide number of ailments.
  • Lavender – burns, cuts, eczema, headaches, infections, arthritis
  • Tea Tree – fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, colds, flu, warts, acne
  • Peppermint – inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, arthritis
  • Chamomile – nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems
  • Eucalyptus – sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, aches and pains
  • Geranium – depression, menstrual problems, diarrhea, diabetes, sores, neuralgia, sore throats
  • Rosemary – gout, headaches, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, skin infections, dandruff, sprains
  • Thyme – bacterial infections, urinary infections, rheumatism, viral infections, lethargy, sores
  • Lemon – sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, antiseptic
  • Clove – nausea, flatulence, bronchitis, arthritis, toothache, diarrhea, infections, antiseptic

Infant Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.

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