The general definition of aromatherapy is using scent or essential oils to effect mood or enhance well-being. Research suggests that practicing aromatherapy can benefit your life. Try these methods for a better day and life.
You Use Aromatherapy All The Time
What you may not realize is that you use aromatherapy all the time. You might not be calling it aromatherapy, but it’s something you do without even realizing it.
For example, each night, you might reach over and pull out a chamomile and lavender lotion from your bedside table, not realizing that you use this lotion just before you head off to bed to help you rest better.
Maybe you find yourself drawn towards certain soaps and shampoos for their calming or invigorating smells and effects. Mint, rosemary, citrus, and lavender add-ins are used in many products that you use everyday. Your mind and body subconsciously reap the aromatherapy benefits each time you use them.
Aromatherapy in Cleaning Products
Look under your kitchen sink, is it stocked full of cleaning products with the scent of citrus? That’s because citrus is famous for being invigorating and for being associated with a real good clean due to it’s anti-bacterial advantages. That final spray gives you the peace of mind that you need, knowing your house is germ free and pristine.
Other essential oils, such as pine, lemon, and eucalyptus can be added to your generic cleaning brands to give your cleaning routine a new and natural boost.
You can incorporate even more aromatherapy practices into your daily life to intentionally increase your well-being, mood, and overall health.
If you are in an afternoon slump, try some citrus, or jasmine to get you going again. These scents have been shown to increase energy levels and give a fresh start to your day.
Feeling anxious? Turn to lavender or vanilla. Lavender has long been known to help with sleep, but did you know that vanilla is also comforting and calming? Vanilla is a powerful essential oil to add to your life with it’s many benefits, including the possibility of helping relieve depression symptoms.
Cinnamon and peppermint can help boost memory and creativity when you’ve lost focus. Peppermint in particular, stimulates the part of the brain that controls memory and mental clarity. Next time work or school requires an alert mind, try some cinnamon or peppermint gum. If you are home, consider diffusing some peppermint while you study for that next big exam.
Aromatherapy, whether we all notice it or not, is a big part of our day to day lives. It effects our day, our mental awareness, and physical health. Knowing the benefits and how we can use them in our lives can help us better our wellness one essential oil at a time.