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Aromatherapy: Could it be for you?

by timetospa April 17, 2013
Aromatherapy: Could it be for you?

Most people can agree that there is perhaps nothing better than kicking back after a long day surrounded by candles that give off a fabulous and soothing scent. Not only can candles and essential oils help set the mood - whether it is romantic or relaxing - they are also able to promote a healthy lifestyle in some instances. According to Medical News Today, aromatherapy, which uses essential oils, plants and candles to help improve people's mind or health, is a growing method of alternative treatments. Even if you have heard of the treatment, you may want to learn more about different options before trying out a few health and beauty products at home. 

What is aromatherapy?
The experts at the news outlet report the theory behind aromatherapy stems from a belief that inhaling the essential oils used in the treatment works to stimulate the part of the brain that's connected to smell. From here, the signal is transferred to the limbic system, which controls emotion and learned memories. Since the oils used are soothing and calming, experts believe once the signal reaches the limbic system, the scents help ease stress and pain the patient is experiencing. 

Even though inhaling the oils is the most common way to practice aromatherapy, similar oils can be used to massage the nutrients into the body.

Certain beauty and skin care products like the Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask are made with essential oils like rosemary thyme and Elemis Lavender Essential Oil, helping rebalance and purify your skin while helping you relax. 

Alternative ways to ease stress
Even though using certain products like the Elemis Spa At Home Quiet Mind Temple Balm offers ladies a way to de-stress on the go, Women's Health magazine offered up other tips for easing anxiety in a flash.

Learning to meditate is one of the most positive ways to relax, the best part being that it's free. To try meditating, start by finding a quiet, comfortable place and then close your eyes, relax your muscles and focus on one thing - preferably your breathing or the image of a soothing beach in your mind. The hardest part of this five- or 10-minute break from reality is being able to stay focused on the one task - it's easy to let doubt or stress at work creep in.

Drinking more green tea, eating mood-boosting foods like chocolate and listening to soothing music are other easy ways to relax.

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