Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Aromatherapy for Tension & Stress

Does smelling something good calm you down? According to the practice of Aromatherapy, the answer is yes! Aromatherapy uses the sense of smell to affect the mind and mood, and to cause physiological changes such as reducing blood pressure and calming the body. The benefits of essential oils can be acquired through inhalation by using a diffuser or putting essential oils into a bath, or through external application in lotions or balms applied to the body, temples or neck. Some essential oils used for tension and stress include:
Peppermint – cooling and calming for tension and headache
Lavender – calming, soothing, anti-spasmodic
Tangerine – uplifting
Chamomile – reduces stress