In recent years, aromatherapy has received considerable attention. Once a bit exotic, aromatherapy products are now popping up even on grocery store shelves. Aromatherapy candles, bath products, essential oils, and other products are now widely used and touted as effective ways to soothe babies, relieve stress, and promote a healthy life.But does aromatherapy meet the requirements?
There are relatively few studies on aromatherapy. Although more research is underway, it is not as “proven” as some other methods of relieving stress. However, although further research is needed, many studies have shown the benefits of aromatherapy. In the research done so far, the following are some findings:
- Preliminary research shows that aromatherapy can change brain waves and behavior.
- Aromatherapy can reduce stress, increase satisfaction, and reduce cortisol (“stress hormone”) levels.
- Lavender aromatherapy has indeed been proven to reduce infant crying and promote sleep in infants and adults.
- Different aromatherapy scents bring different effects to people.
- A study showed that aromatherapy massage can have some beneficial effects on anxiety and depression.
- Compared with massage alone, aromatherapy massage can more effectively and sustainably relieve fatigue, especially mental fatigue.
As a stress relief tool
Although aromatherapy is not sometimes considered a magical “panacea”, it does seem to have a stress-relieving effect. Aromatherapy is a great tool to relieve stress because it has almost no (if any) known side effects and can be used passively (you can fill the room with fragrance when participating in other activities to relieve the pressure in the process) , And can be easily combined with other stress relief methods (such as massage or meditation) to better relieve stress. Aromatherapy products are also everywhere, making aromatherapy a convenient choice.
Aromatherapy is very convenient, especially for busy people who need to do things quickly. Here are some ideas used in aromatherapy:
Candles are very suitable for aromatherapy. Lighting candles may be one of the easiest ways to add fragrance to the room and create a good feeling, so please prepare some scented candles and let them burn. Like incense, candles can also be used to create a more soothing atmosphere or as a focal point for meditation. However, they may be more practical than some incenses because they do not emit as much smoke.
Make sure you get high-quality candles, they emit enough scent to make the whole room smell.
The aroma diffuser absorbs essential oils and evaporates them through the air. If you want to avoid fire, you can use candles or batteries. Diffusers are great because they can diffuse the smell very effectively. Battery-powered candles are safer than candles-no open flames are involved. This is another convenient way to create a soothing atmosphere, many of which also look very good, adding to the soothing atmosphere that should be created anyway.
Aromatherapy body products are great because they produce a scent that follows you, but others may not be able to smell it (unless they are very close, in which case they may not mind). You can apply the aromatherapy lotion to the entire skin, or drop a few drops of essential oils that are safe for the skin on the pulse point, and then enjoy the fragrance for several hours.
The combination of aromatherapy and massage brings greater benefits than either strategy alone.If you are lucky enough and someone is willing to exchange aromatherapy massages with you, this may be a great and cheap strategy to relieve stress. If not, it is worth paying for the massage from a professional.
Aromatherapy can enhance the relaxing effect of meditation, provide a focal point (such as incense meditation), and provide the passive decompression effect of aromatherapy.Even five minutes of meditation can bring benefits. Try aromatherapy aloes or aromatherapy baths.