Smell Your Way to a Non Stress Day

olfactorybulb-300x256Everyone enjoys a pleasant smell. Especially when feeling exhausted or not at our wellness peak. Our brains are programmed to have certain reactions to certain smells, both good and bad. Through our olfactory neurons, we breathe in smells that trigger memories, hopefully the healthy happy ones.

According to a new study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, people with anxiety can experience a heightened sense of smell, and are able to sniff out things that calmer folks might miss.

This is not all bad news. There are many scents that can reduce our anxiety and stress levels providing us with an overall sense of well-being. Imagine simply inhaling to reduce your stress.

Prana, is the Ayurvedic method of breath and since we all have to breathe why not breathe in beautiful aroma-therapeutic smells that balance our peace of mind?

The beautiful scents of  essential oils can be your natural solution to occasional tension and troubles. Soul-soothing essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, and spruce can help you overcome negativity and trauma and help you keep calm. Especially after the month long (two month long in Panama) of holidays these essential oils will smell your stress away simply through diffusion in the high traffic areas of your home.

Following is a list of conditions and what essentials are good for each one.

1. For Constant Worrying

Essential oil: Sandalwood

How to chill: Dab a few drops on your chest, and then practice a simple mindfulness exercise: Close your eyes, sit up straight, and rest your hands on your lap. Breathe slowly and count your inhales: Inhale oneinhale twoinhale threeinhale four, etc. When you lose count, start back at one and keep counting until you feel your tension ease.

2. For Lightheadedness or Depression

Essential oil: Peppermint

How to chill: Place two drops along the back of your neck or on the crown of your head. Then then take 10 to 15 deep breaths with the bottle of oil under your nose (you will feel a noticeable tingling sensation).

3. For Acid Reflux, Headaches or Indigestion

Essential oil: Sweet Marjoram

How to chill: After a warm shower, put three drops in the palm of both hands, and add a tablespoon of unscented body oil or lotion. Rub your palms together and spread the blend on your abdomen and chest in circular, clockwise motions.

4. For Sleeplessness

Essential oil: Clary Sage

How to chill: Before you head to bed, take a hot bath with several drops of clary sage in the water. Once in bed, place three drops on a tissue, turn off the lights, and take 10 to 15 deep breaths through the tissue. Keep the tissue on your nightstand while you sleep.

5. For a Panic Attack 

Essential oil: German Chamomile

How to chill: Put a drop of oil in the palm of each hand, and cup them over your face. Start to slow your breath by silently counting your exhales in your head. The oil combined with the mindful breathing will leave you feeling much calmer.

Sources:
Essence of Life: Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils

Nina Elias for Prevention.com

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