Using aromatherapy for stress is a pleasant way to relax your body, mind and spirit. Essential oils have a good track record for success when used for high blood pressure, relaxation and insomnia.
Pamper yourself with natural stress relief techniques such as a foot bath or a relaxing soak bath with soothing essential oils to soak away your anxiety.
When using aromatherapy for stress relief, always use a good quality therapeutic essential oil. Cheap artificial essential oils made for candles and diffusers often contain chemicals, and they do not relieve stress and anxiety.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Aromatherapy is the treatment of symptoms or disease, using essential oils oils that were extracted from plants and flowers. Many prescription drugs were either derived from plants or they are the actual plant parts.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, in Chinese traditional medicine, Indian ayurvedia, and Islamic unani medicine. Yet even after all those years of use, scientists are not exactly sure how essentials oils work.
What we do know is that they do work. Essential oils are especially effective for lowering your blood pressure and to promote relaxation.
To lower blood pressure, consider using lavender essential oil, marjoram essential oil and ylang ylang essential oil. Relaxing oils include chamomile, rose, and bergamot. A relaxing massage with one of these oils (diluted with another oil) could be the perfect ending to a busy or stressful day.
However, massages with essential oils are not the only way you can use them.
- Aerial diffusion – spraying essential oils into the air. Put water in your sprayer, add a few drops of essential oil, and shake the bottle. Using a spray bottle you can mist a room, using any of your favorite aromatherapy essences. When you feel that a room needs freshening, or before guests arrive, mist the room with your prepared essence. Use lavender to mist your child’s room at bedtime. It is very relaxing and helps to promote sleep.
- Other ways to disperse oils – If you run a humidifier in the winter, place a couple of drops in the water tank. It will disperse the oil gradually. In addition, you can use an essential oil diffuser, aromatherapy candles with natural oils, or an aromatherapy oil burner.
- Topical application – There are commercial aromatherapy blends available for you to use as massage oils, bath oils and for therapeutic skin care. It is important that you don’t apply essential oils, full strength, to you skin, as they are so concentrated that they can irritate your skin.
While many countries recognize aromatherapy as a viable therapy, it has not been recognized as such by the U.S., Russia, Germany or Japan.
But many people do report positive results, and scientific studies have confirmed the disinfectant properties of essential oils and the decrease of depression in animals, following aromatherapy.
Like many alternative therapies, aromatherapy may be effective, but mainstream physicians may take a while to recognize its benefits.
Australian Bush Flowers Essences
Australian bush flowers, from Australia’s bush region, are used to help bring a person into emotional, spiritual and mental harmony.
Relatively unpolluted, Australia has the world’s largest number of flowering plants. Many are extraordinarily beautiful and strong. And many are healing.
The use of the bush flower essences is actually a specialized form of aromatherapy.
History of Australian Bush Flowers as Medicine
Popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, the essences of the Australian wild flowers are still widely used in South American and Asian countries.
The earliest European recorded use of flower essences was in the 16th century, when the great healer Paracletes collected the dew from flowers to treat his parents’ emotional imbalances.
During the 1930‘s Dr. Edward Bach re-popularized flower essences, using English flowering plants.
More recently, naturopath Ian White has been a pioneer and leading expert on researching the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the Australian bush flowers.
Ian grew up in the Australian bush, learned how to identify Australian flowers at an early age, and how to use them as remedies.
Australian Bush Flower Essences have a special ability to heal the emotions. The effect of the flower essences is similar to that of meditation, in that it enables a person to access the wisdom of his Higher Self.
The subtle energies of the Australian flower essences help transform emotional imbalance and assist the mind and body’s innate healing responses toward balance and good health in the whole person.
Ian has written several books that you may find interesting:
In addition, if you have a pet, Marie Matthews has written an excellent book on using Australian bush flowers essences with pets. The book is Animal Healing with Australian Bush Flower Essences.