10 Simple Ways To Practice Aromatherapy
Practicing Aromatherapy is much more than just calming the mind and taking a break.
Many people view relaxation and aromatherapy as just lighting candles or incense and possibly throwing on some soft music. While this may be true, aromatherapy is comprised of much more. It’s made up of many related components that connect together for a whole mind and body wellness.
These 10 simple ways to practice aromatherapy are easily incorporated into your daily life.
The benefits of incorporating aromatherapy into an everyday routine are huge. By applying these simple tips into your daily routine, you will be on your way to a path of total wellness which includes the mind. body, and soul. Our bodies are created to do so many things but we have to take care of them.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;" By treating ourselves to a few moments of relaxation, we are honoring God by taking care of the body He has given us.
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In addition, taking time to relax and unwind for even just a few minutes has been shown to decrease stress and make you more productive. Read more about boosting productivity here. So, what are these 10 simple ways to practice aromatherapy?
1. Pay attention to Your Body’s Signals.
Today people are busier than in the past. Or so it seems. Slowing down to take breaks almost never happens. Whether you're a mom, dad, or kid, you are busy. But, at some point, all the busyness can take a toll on your body.
If you continually just don’t feel well in general, you might need to take a long rest. As hard it sounds, it’s gotta be done. Resting and sleeping are the only times the body can rest. It needs to repair and regenerate or you just might get worse.
2. Slow Your Breathing
When we breathe we are taking air in and letting it out. This fresh air is allowing our bodies to get filled with new oxygen. This can elevate our mood and organ function. New oxygen is vital to a happy, functioning body.
When you take time to purposefully slow your breathing, you’re taking time to refresh your entire body and allow the mind to breathe as well.
Humans are bombarded by an enormous amount of information from birth to adulthood. Our brains need gentle stimulation, such as controlled breathing to revitalize and refresh.
3. Quiet Your Mind
This goes along with the aforementioned tip. I don’t know about you but there have been moments where I’ve had to step away from somewhere and take a moment to just stop all the chatter in my head and focus. Life gets crazy and refocusing for even just a few moments, can help reduces stress levels as well as help with productivity.
4. Turn Down the Lights If Necessary
If you are able, turn down or turn off those lights. Dimming the lights brings about the natural response of drowsiness or wanting to go to sleep. It’s just an automatic response to years of conditioned stimuli, which is the repetitiveness of going to bed when it gets dark. Dark means bed.
This sometimes can be very helpful for children. Adding a little soft music goes a long way. As it’s been said, “Music soothes the savage beast.” This simple exercise can lower frustration and recharge the mind.
5. Do Light Stretches Throughout The Day
We all know that getting regular exercise is important. Keeping active throughout the day is super important for the mind and body. I suggest working out regularly at least 4 times a week but when a full work out isn’t possible, I suggest a least doing some light stretching.
Stretch the arms, shoulders, roll the neck and, takes some deep breathes and gently stretch your back by reaching for your toes. A couple of times of this per day can do wonders for your mind and alertness.
6. Drink Tea
Ah, tea. A wonderful, herbal beverage. Tea is full of goodness from leaves, sometimes herbs, sometimes berries, but always delicious. You can drink it hot or cold and teas can contain tons of radical-fighting antioxidants. Warm tea can be soothing and satisfying.
The plethora of teas out there can maybe be overwhelming but a few teas that I like are Awake English Breakfast tea from Tazo as well as their Zen green tea. For bedtime, I like Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra.
7. Turn On Diffuser
There are several aromatherapy oils that can be used in a diffuser. I have a friend who leaves her diffusers on all the time. She has them in almost every room in her home. While I don’t leave mine on all the time, I do turn them on regularly.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read my disclaimer here.
It’s a soothing and aromatic experience when an aromatherapy diffuser is running. The light sound of the steam being released to the amazing scents that permeate from it provides a calm and uplifting feeling at the same time. Some diffusers light up to provide additional sensory stimulation.
Grounding Diffuser Blend
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil
1 drop Citronella Essential Oil
8. Set Time Limits
Setting regular time limits for activities, no matter what the activities are is good for mental energy. Learning to limit things you do helps you to feel more confident. When you switch tasks, your brain has to make adjustments which are actually good for the brain.
You allow yourself to control more, which makes you a more productive person overall. Self-control is a huge virtue. And when you have self-control, you make smarter decisions and you don’t allow your emotions to be out-of-control. But don’t forget to let loose every once in a while ;).
The infamous smile. It really does work wonders though. I smile at people daily. Some smile back, some don’t and that’s ok. I just keep doing it. Smiling uses specific muscles in the face that need to be strengthened for a healthy appearance.
Have you seen someone who frowns all the time? They just look so sad. Smiling is a super easy way to practice aromatherapy. Be at peace with yourself and smile because you were created in the image of God who knows and loves you.
10. Eat Whole Foods
Last but not least. Eating whole and unprocessed foods are great for an overall good feeling of wellness. Each food has a different nutritional value and eating the rainbow (not skittles) of fruits and vegetables is highly important to maintaining a healthy body weight and fighting off infection as well as disease. Click here to read about 10 Amazing Disease-Fighting Foods.
Whole foods contain vital nutrients and vitamins that help our body function at optimal performance. Incorporating more fruits and veggies in your daily life will only prove beneficial in your physical abilities as well as mental.
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These are just a few daily things you can try to maintain a high level of productivity, awareness, and mental clarity. The benefits of creating an aromatherapeutic lifestyle are extremely worthwhile and easy to implement. Plus practicing these tips can help the entire family.
Have a blessed day!