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Apr 26 2012

What do you need to know about stress

Stress is often labelled the “bad guy” but then, what would we do without it? Stress is an essential life force that drives our mind and body to respond to any demand made on it. Any stressful situation that we face triggers a “fight or flight response” which makes us sit, stand, walk or run. If the mind and body are unable to cope with a given situation, it culminates into feelings of frustration, anger and fear, which eventually translates into stress. As the mind and body continue to work in overdrive in an attempt to save the day, these negative emotions keep piling up unless we find a way to release them.

Stress and your health

Every individual responds to stress in a different way. High blood pressure, muscle tension, tightness in the chest  and panic attacks are some obvious physical symptoms of stress but we can’t underestimate other symptoms like digestive problems, overeating or loss or appetite, sexual incompetency, menstrual irregularity and dizziness. If you find yourself confused, anxious, aggressive or tearful very often, it may be time to step back and re-evaluate your methods of dealing with stress. Prolonged stress saps the body of its energy reserves and lowers the immunity, which makes us vulnerable to various illnesses.

Stress Control

Our careers, relationships, finances and daily chores are actually stressors that test our tolerance and our ability to adapt and readjust to a particular situation – the lower our tolerance, the greater the stress. Therefore, it is not stress that is the culprit; rather, it is our response to it that dictates whether it is going to have a positive or negative effect on our lives. This knowledge empowers and enables us to channel our energies and learn to deal with stress it in a positive way. Aromatherapy, being a holistic form of treatment, is an ideal way of dealing with stress related conditions.

Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Are you a workaholic who can’t unwind even after leaving the office? Do you tend to exaggerate your problems and worry too much over nothing? Do new places and people make you anxious and paranoid? Are you unable to control your anger and frustration when things do not go your way? All of us have moments when we feel out of control and wish we could handle things differently. Fortunately, we have nature’s essential oils, with their calming, relaxing, or uplifting qualities that not only help us cope with a stressful situation, but also improve our ability to respond to a stressful situation in a positive way.

Stress and Essential Oils

Stress Response Recommended Essential oils Why they work How to Use
Nervous tension, frustration and agitation Blue Chamomile, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sleep Time Essential Oil Relaxing and regulating Combine 3 drops of each with 1 cup Epson Salts. Take a bath at least once a week.
Worrying, obsessing  and over-thinking Vetiver, Palo Santo, Cedarwood Grounding, stabilizing and settling Put 1-2 drops on a paper towel, inhale as often as you need.  Close your eyes, and feel the earthy scent clear your mind.
Apprehension and Anxiety Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Alegria essential oil Calming, comforting and reassuring Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz bottle of Carrier Oil and massage your solar plexus area twice a day.
Anger and Frustration Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint Cleansing, refreshing and peace-inspiring Keep it in your office or your house.  Use an aromatherapy burner, fill bowl with water and add 3 drops of each.  Best if used during the day.

 Stress Relieving Tips

Essential oils not only shield you from the ill effects of stress but also enable you to approach life’s challenges with a new enthusiasm.

Use Aromatherapy to Handle Stress in 3 Simple Steps:

Morning: Start your day with stimulating essential oils that nourish the adrenal glands. Combine 3 drops each of Rosemary, Pine, Spruce and Geranium with 1 oz Carrier Oil and apply to the adrenal area. Thank your adrenal glands for all the support they give you. Daytime: Use an aromatherapy spray with balancing essential oils to keep your spirits high. Combine 3 drops of Clary Sage, Litsea cubeba and Lavender with 1 oz distilled water, pour this blend in a spray bottle and spray on your face several times during the day.  Breathe deeply and feel your anxiety melt away. Evening: Mix 5 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense and Mandarin in ¼ cup of salts and add this mixture to your bath. Seize the day as you soak in this aromatic bath and let your worries drain away because tomorrow will be a new day! Try these methods of essential oil application for stress to relax and cleanse your mind of toxic thoughts – you and those around you will experience the benefits immediately. Reference: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Jun 09 2011

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Fatigued? Sick all the time? Low sex drive? Maybe you have to take a look at your adrenal glands.

What are The Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.  

The Fight or Flight Response

When stress hits the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning.
By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either attack (fight) or to run away from (flee) the perceived threat or challenge.

The fight-or-flight response is normal and healthy, but it becomes damaging when we react to every minor situation in a state of tremendous stress. In the fast-paced lives we lead today, just getting to work on time can be stressful; not to mention the dozens of other tasks that need we need to complete.
Problems arise if  throughout the day the adrenal glands are kept constantly stimulated. A person with overworked adrenal glands is constantly fatigued, has low sex drive, frequently catches colds and infections, is easily depressed and has trouble sleeping.

How Can Aromatherapy Help the Adrenal Glands?

There are compounds in some volatile oils that have a structural similarity to natural human hormones, and these promote efficient endocrine gland activity by natural means. For instance, the compounds found in Pine, Spruce and Rosemary oils are like cortisone. It is said that they stimulate the cortex of the adrenal glands or they mimic the action of cortisone in so far as they have a modulating effect on the activity of the adrenal cortex. [1]

Here are some strategies that you could use to integrate aromatherapy in your daily routine to help both physically and emotionally.
  • During the day, add 2 drops to a tissue with a calming essential oil, and breathe deeply, all the while visualizing a calm, positive scene. Experiment with essential oils of Clary Sage, Bergamot Litsea Cubeba and Citrus Delight
  • In the morning, start off your day with the magic of essential oils. Begin in the shower, by massaging the center of your back, where the kidneys are located. Rub the area with a washcloth to which two drops of Rosemary and Spruce oils have been added. These oils mimic adrenal hormones and, in stimulating the adrenal cortex, send a current of energy all through your body. You can also use ENERGIA Essential Oil.
  • After your shower, massage the same area with a ½ teaspoon of  carrier oil and a couple of drops of Pine, Spruce, Rosemary, essential oils. or 1/2 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil.   Feel your hands instilling restoration and balance with each loving stroke. As you massage, thank the energies of the oils for all the help they provide you.
  • In the evening,  there’s nothing better to calm and soothe than a warm bath with essential oils. Great oils to relax in the evenings are Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Rose. If you prefer showers, soak a washcloth a few drops of essential oil and let the hot water run through the washcloth, and inhale and soak in the fragrant steam as you unwind.
[1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price, page 117
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blog
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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