Stress Therapies

Aromatherapy: A Tool For Stress Management


Aromatherapy found its origin in China. It believes in the healing properties of plants from which aromatic oils are extracted and used to cure various ailments. The vapors of these oils are inhaled and thus carried forward to the brain and nervous system which then regulate the release of various hormones and emotions.

Specific aromas are used to treat stress. These can be massaged in to the skin. Apart from this, there are various ways to administer aromatherapy:

A) A few drops of the aromatherapy oil can be added in the hot bath tub. This would relax your muscles as well as your mind.

B) Sprinkle a few drops on a cotton ball and put it on a vaporizing ring or a hot radiator.

C) Pour a few drops on your handkerchief or pillow, or in a bowl of hot water and just inhale.

Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, melissa or lemon balm oil and sandalwood are some of the popular oils used for relaxation and calming. However, if you are pregnant, you need to consult your doctor before you go in for any of the above mentioned.