By Previous Writer: Lianne Figueroa
With everything going on lately, it is no surprise if you are stressed out or just exhausted with life. It’s that crunch time right before graduation, finals, landing a new job for some, and our long-awaited summer weather. What if I told you there’s a form of therapy that won’t burn a hole straight through your pockets?
Aromatherapy can be the guiding light to get you to relief and relaxation at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Whether you choose to burn essential oils in your home or work space, massage them into your skin/scalp, use them for baths, or spray them around your current space, it is important to know that these organic compounds known as essential oils can be used to alleviate body aches, improve digestion, heal skin wounds, reduce discomfort from menstrual cramps, cure common cold symptoms and headaches, and soothe symptoms of anxiety and depression. Ever notice how drinking tea is advised when you’re stressed, or not feeling well? Well this is the same sort of idea. The scents that are projected through ginger, lemon, or chamomile tea have the ability to rise through your nostril cavity, processing through your nervous system to soothe your mind in the same way that burning essential oils in your room would. Of course, no one particular tea or oil will cure everything at once, but, there are multiple scents available that can lead to a different form of healing within our bodies.
Another upside: you can get them at your local pharmacy stores such as Target, Walmart, CVS or even online from Amazon, Etsy, etc. One thing to be on top of is making sure the oils you have purchased are pure and not contaminated by any added ingredients. And, although these oils seem heaven-sent for our inevitable discomfort, it is important to keep in mind that the use of essential oils may not work for everyone. But, if you want to give it a try, here are some of the options available along with the areas they benefit best:
improves mental focus, provides allergy relief, soothes stomachaches, releases tight muscles, etc. Also good to keep on hand in the event you get a headache—you can rub this oil into your temples and expect relief.
improves sleep, soothes anxiety, heals cuts and burns, relieves headaches, reduces stress, etc. If studying for finals or an important exam coming up has you frantic from lack of focus, lavender oil is the go-to. Lavender oil can also be used to restore your skin complexion and reduce acne just by applying it to your skin. (Read More). It can also reverse signs of aging and hair loss when massaged into the scalp daily.
natural remedy for asthma, improves liver function, helps with nausea and vomiting (rub two drops over stomach) natural cancer treatment, alleviates menstrual cramps.
treats sinus and allergies, can be used for itchy scalp, respiratory improvements such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, etc.
The options are endless. If the thought of sore muscles after a workout convinces you that going today isn’t worth it, think again. Lemon essential oil is perfect for this. Tea tree oil is really strong, but it is good to apply in small amounts to budding pimples or ingrown hairs. Though I myself am still learning about the various uses of essential oils as therapy, I am IMPRESSED so far! Not sure why I hadn’t looked into this sooner. I encourage you to do the same and research more on any particular aroma that draws in your attention. What works for some, might not for others, and vice versa. Remember that each and every one of us is made up very differently. However, giving some of these things a try might be more useful than purchasing over the counter drugs, or relying on other remedies that are more costly. Let us know what works for you in the comments below!
DISCLAIMER: The Girls Room is not encouraging any reader to use these products without first consulting your doctor or physician especially if you have sensitive skin. Please use them at your own risk and be mindful of allergies, and avoid while pregnant. Essential Oils are not obligated to gain FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval before being sold at stores.. And be sure to avoid deep inhalation of these oils while burning them within your homes, or work spaces, as they can cause burning sensation to your eyes or nose because of the strength of their scent, just as anything you burn could do, this is no different.