5 Ways to Use Aromatherapy for Mood and Energy
Are you overworked or stressed? Sometimes you can feel so stressed and overwhelmed that you just wish you could slow down and smell the roses, or the lavender, or the the peppermint. Aromatherapy is one method that people are using to relax and a natural method to restore their balance.
Scent provides an extremely strong tie to memory, mood and energy. For instance, lavender is particularly well known for its relaxing and calming properties. In an interview with Entrepreneur.com, Beverley Hawkins, owner of the Vancouver-based West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, discussed a few of the most helpful fragrances for aromatherapy and their benefits.
Check out these five essential oils that can help you harness the power of aromatherapy for mood and energy to in the blink of an eye!
Ready for an instant pick-me-up? Sniff some peppermint oil when you’re suffering from that 3 p.m. energy slump, or during brainstorming sessions.
This spicy sweet scent is said to improve memory retention. It may also help improve focus and fight mental fatigue.
When you’re physically exhausted, a whiff of rosemary might just be the thing you need to get going. It’s woody, stimulating fragrance is said to fight headaches and can even relieve aches in pains.
A classically clean smell, citrus fruit like lemon also has calming and clarifying properties that can help when you’re experiencing a mid-day brain block.
Jasmine has been used to fight depression because of its ability to calm nerves and produce feelings of optimism and confidence.
If you are thinking of using aromatherapy to help you relax, or to cure any ailments, here are some things to keep in mind:
- The term “aromatherapie” was created in 1937 by French perfumer Rene-Maurice Gattefosse.
- While the term is relatively new, the practice of using scents or aromas for medicinal healing dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- Just using a scented hand-cream or lotion isn’t going to give you the full effect of using essential oils, the main source of aromatherapy. However, if you find that taking a few moments out of your day to stop and use some lavender lotion makes you feel more calm, then by all means keep doing what you’re doing. The main goal is for you to feel relaxed. Maybe those few minutes to yourself are what you really needed, but your hands will thank you for the additional attention.
- Essential oils don’t have to be expensive. A quick search on Google revealed that you can purchase the small vials at a reasonable price if you want to try out aromatherapy. As a known frugal-ista I would never spend more than a few dollars on something that I’m not sure will work for me. So an investment of $3-5 to try out essential oils and aromatherapy is a small buy-in to see if it is truly beneficial. If you find something that you like and that works for you, keep with it. If not, then no worries, it was only a small amount spent to try it out.
- There are companies out there that are selling these essential oils at a huge mark-up. As with anything you purchase, do some research to see what price works best for your budget.
- If you are still wary about purchasing the oils, then try a lavender tea instead. A lot of people drink tea and you can still feel the effects of relaxation.
Whether you find that aromatherapy is the key for you, or not, as long as you are focused on your happiness then it will find it’s way to you. Oh, and stop and smell those roses and lavender bushes every once in a while too!
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