Smell The Cake and Blow Out The Candles!

My favorite activity on this journey was to take time to relax. It is not as simple as it sounds. Even with all my tips and strategies, I have trouble relaxing at times. I try to think thoughts that would put me in a more positive frame of mind. Or use scents that have relaxing properties. For those without regular sessions of practice that can be difficult! I understand. One thing to realize is that it will only get simpler with consistent practice. Like all relaxation techniques, they must be practiced routinely.

Webster’s describes aromatherapy as: “inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes to enhance a feeling of well-being.” There is some evidence that aromatherapy might help with general well-being, and lower anxiety and some side effects of cancer treatment. This technique is introduced to provide tools to help relaxation and reduce stress. This practice takes some mental might. You must believe that these oils can aid in relaxation for them to work. You cannot fill a diffuser with the oils, have a busy mind, and expect them to work. You should mentally help these oils work for you.

Many researchers have studied and touted the benefits of aromatherapy for relaxation, to reduce anxiety, and to promote mental well-being. It is believed that each essential oil has properties that give health benefits.

Some Essential Oils Are Thought To:
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Have an anti-inflammatory effect which may help with arthritis and muscular pain
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Help to fight off infection
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Help with sleeping problems
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Lessen anxiety
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Change your heart or breathing rate
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Make you feel calm or excited
Essential Oils Work In Two Ways:
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You absorb them through the skin into your body tissues
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They stimulate your sense of smell to set off a reaction in your body
 Johns Hopkins cites that some studies indicate that there’s a benefit to using essential oils. Clinical trials have looked at whether essential oils can alleviate conditions such as:
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Anxiety
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Depression
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Nausea
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Insomnia
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Low Appetite
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Dry Mouth
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Hot Flashes

Essential oils are strong and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil, Apricot kernel oil, Argan oil, Black Seed oil, Rosehip oil, Grape Seed oil, and Sunflower oil. Heathline.com provides instructions on how to mix carrier oil with essential oil.

Smell Your Way to Relaxation!