I wondered about those commercials. Could aromatherapy actually make a difference with me and my baby? Or were they just taking advantage of new mothers' desperate hope for an easy colic cure and route to a good night's sleep, and lack of time to do independent research on every new product geared toward them and their little bundle? And, beyond lavender bubble bath, could aromatherapy really relive stress so easily?
Well, as life calmed down for me, I eventually found the time to read the research on aromatherapy, and was a little surprised and relieved by what I saw. More studies are definitely needed, but so far, things look good. Is aromatherapy the "magic bullet" that will effortlessly cure your stress? I'm not making any promises that grand. But it really is worth a try, for several reasons, not the least of which is that it provides stress relief (and other benefits!) pretty effortlessly, while you go about your daily activities. (And for busy people, that type of virtually effortless stress relief is a real gift!)
Here's what I learned about aromatherapy, and what I'd like you to know about this stress relief technique that really does live up to some of the claims you hear:
- Aromatherapy for Stress: Research and Techniques
Aromatherapy, once somewhat unknown, has hit the mainstream and is touted by an increasing number of manufacturers as an effective stress relief tool. Is it? Read about the research behind aromatherapy and how aromatherapy may be used for stress relief.
- Aromatherapy Benefits: Scents for Stress Relief
Aromatherapy brings many stress relief benefits, and various individual scents carry aromatherapy benefits of their own. Learn more about the aromatherapy benefits of some of the most popular scents, such as peppermint, ylang-ylang, lavender, and a few others, and how you can use them for stress relief.
- How To Meditate With Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and meditation are two simple and effective stress management strategies. If you've tried meditation and found it to be difficult, (or have been meaning to try it and want an easy technique), here's a simple way to meditate using incense and aromatherapy.
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