by Karen Bates
(last updated October 24, 2011)
There are times when all of us could use a little relaxation. Whether work is especially busy or things at home seem overwhelming, you should make sure to take steps to allow yourself some quiet time to rejuvenate. There are various ways to achieve relaxation, and what works best for one person may not be as helpful to someone else. It's all about finding a balance that allows you to calm down.
Although we all have our own ways of relaxing, there are some methods that are especially well-known and widely used by a large variety of people. Massage is one great example, as well as listening to quiet music or meditating silently. But while you attempt to calm your senses, don't forget one very important sense: smell. Your sense of smell is a vital component to your relaxation, and it can be very helpful to use scents in the relaxation process to make it even more effective. Many people swear by the healing benefits of some particular smells, particularly essential oils that are used for aromatherapy treatment.
Aromatherapy oils are said to help your body with stress relief and even some other common ailments and illnesses you may be struggling with. These oils can be used in many ways, and you can choose which method would best help you. First of all, however, you will need to select which essential oil scents will help you the most. There are different aromatherapy oils that are known to have specific effects, so try smelling the different options and decide what will have the best chance of helping you become calm. Lavender and chamomile are two oils that are great for helping to relax you.
Inhaling essential oils is one common way to enjoy these aromatherapy scents. You can inhale these oils by adding them to a humidifier, using an essential oil diffuser in your home, adding a few drops to hot water, or simply smelling the oil straight from the open bottle. These methods allow you to enjoy the scent of the oils and may very well help stress to melt away.
You also have the option of applying the oils topically. You can use a few drops of essential oils on your skin in various areas of your body, such as you neck, ankles, or temples. Keep in mind that some oils require diluting before applying them directly to your skin. Some essential oils are also great for use with massage.
If you want to enjoy the scents of essential oils and experience their potential relaxing benefits, choose a scent that you like and make it part of your winding-down routine.
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