Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Its hard work to relax. In this fast paced, competitive and economically stressed times, relaxation isn't something that comes naturally. How many times have you taken your laptop, blackberry or netbook on vacation with you? probably more times than you can remember.
Its amazing though how many people will still say "will you just relax?" as if it something you can just do... well duh... its not. It is arguable that relaxation actually needs to be learned, like riding a bike. Further more, it takes practice, so that when you are really stressed, relaxation techniques can quickly kick in.
There are relaxation techniques that do not need to be perscribed -- there's yoga, there's meditation and there's a deep cleansing breath. There are also essential oils. Due to their small molecular structure essential oils are capable of penetrating the blood brain barrier and reaching into the limbic system to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls our reactions. For some just the pleasant aroma of sweet orange, neroli, lemon, or sandlewood is enough to trigger a relaxation response.
A few drops of mandarin or lavender sprinkled on a cotton ball and inhaled can lower stress. The highly floral oils of ylang ylang and jasmine are very calming. Oils can be dropped on on omstones --terra cotta stones used as subtle personal diffusers and worn as necklaces and bracelets to keep you calm.
You can use aromatic spritzers and hydrosols in your personal space to recieve their beneficia effects. You can also use oils to enhance energy healing or your yoga practice. Speaking of practice, practice is key to success. Relaxation is a learned response.
A certified aromatherapist is most qualified to help you select appropriate oils and can also help you choose oils that you may not be aware of. Aromatherapists can design appropriate products taking into account your lifestyle and any contraindications of the oils.
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