From the very young to the very old, aromatherapy may be the alternative – drug free lifestyle you are looking for!
Stress can be defined as a negative differential between a series of demands and the ability to cope with these demands. We each have a personal comfort level, which may vary from day to day. Everyone thrives and feels comfortable within their personal sphere, but taken out of that comfort zone, stress will quickly manifest.
The body’s response to stress will depend on the person’s level of health, comfort, hormone balance and social support. Stress keeps the body’s survival mechanisms in increased alertness.
As we head into fall and all the demands of school, children, work, etc. we want to recommend some ideas to help with the stress created by so many things pulling us in so many directions:
Many essential oils are helpful in coping with stress. Oils that have a sedative and antidepressant quality are: Bergamot, Roman or German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang and Sweet Marjoran. These can be used to induce relaxation, to soothe irritability and headaches and overcome insomnia.
Stress places a great strain on the body. This is especially true of the adrenal glands, and if the level of stress increases the ability to adapt may break down even further. Some oils that might help with this situation are: Basil, Geranium, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary and Peppermint.
When selecting specific oils, be sure to use therapeutic grade oils. Always be sure to check how the plant from which the oil was taken was harvested and where it was grown. Be sure that the bottle has the Latin binomial, as well as the “common name”.
Other helpful was to relieve stress are:
- Having a positive image of oneself.
- Be positive: recall successes
- Physical activity can clear the mind and keep stress under control.
- Do yoga
- Rest and get enough sleep
- Helpful herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower, rosemary, and valerian are known nerving tonics or relaxants.
- Avoid food that place stress on the body such as: soda drinks, fried foods, junk food, sugar and white flour products.
- A quality diet, exercise and proper rest are very important.
Linda Andriacco, HHP, CCR
Is a Certified Clinical Reflexologist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
Linda owns and operates the Reflexology & More Center.
For an appointment…Contact Linda at 937-623-3747