Aromatherapy against stress

Aromatherapy against stress

What a stressful day! – I’m sure everyone thinks that at times. But if you often feel stressed, it’s time to pause and take a look at the causes and how you deal with stress. It’s just as important to look at your resources and how to strengthen them.

Endurance sports, yoga, relaxation methods such as autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness training are ways to counteract stress. Among the many methods that have a positive effect on well-being is aromatherapy.

Fragrances were already used for ritual and therapeutic purposes in the ancient advanced civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. Only about one percent of all plants existing on earth produce essential oils. When it became possible to extract these volatile substances, it was possible to use the fragrant substances for specific purposes. Nostradamus even said that the stimulus of a pleasant smell leads directly to inner balance. Pliny the Elder reported on the cleaning of sickrooms with the help of mint leaves.

The French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé researched essential oils. He used lavender oil to treat burns. With it, the wounds healed quickly and without scars. In addition, the scent of lavender had a positive effect on the state of mind. Later, he worked particularly intensively with the antiseptic bergamot essence.

Within the framework of herbal medicine, aromatherapy is used today, for example, for sleep and concentration disorders, anxiety, pain and dementia. It uses the gentle, healing effect of essential oils on body and mind.

You can use the oils as a rub on the skin, for inhalation or as a bath additive. One aromatherapeutic measure that is certainly used frequently is the cold bath. The essential oils of eucalyptus, spruce and peppermint clear the respiratory tract, have a decongestant and expectorant effect.
For a bath additive, a few drops of the chosen essential oil are added to some milk, cream, honey or vegetable oil, and this mixture is then added to the filled tub.
Also for massages, only about 15-20 drops of the essential oil are added to 100ml of wheat germ, almond or jojoba oil and shaken well.

When vaporizing in fragrance lamps, only a few drops of essential oil are added to the water.
Steam inhalation relieves colds and sinus discomfort. To do this, fill a large bowl halfway with boiling water and drip two drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil onto the water. Then place a large towel over the head and inhale the vapors for about 15 to 20 minutes.
For aromatherapy, the essential oils must be natural and free of synthetic additives.