In today’s modern technology-driven world, where people spend long hours every day of the week working hard and grinding through their professional lives, the massive workload has unsurprisingly resulted in people looking to find better and more effective ways to unwind and recover from the rigors of their everyday lives. Obviously, there are a wide variety of ways to destress and relax, each catering to the different preferences of individuals. Keeping with the times, relaxation methods can include going out and watching a movie or getting takeout from your favorite restaurant.
Complicated or simple, all these different ways that we use to relax are a combination of psychological and physical stimulants that ultimately cater to our senses. Unwinding doesn’t have to be a deep experience or a complex activity, it can be something as simple as staring out of your window at a view that you particularly enjoy and appreciate the greenery and colors of nature. The fact is that these simpler and older methods of recovery are often equally, if not more effective as modern experiences and are most certainly more convenient and less time consuming. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of the older and most effective treatments for stress, tension and anxiety – aromatherapy.
What is Aromatherapy?
As the name suggests, aromatherapy involves the use of scents, fragrances and aromas to help your body and mind relax. While the concept is simple, the term itself is used broadly and most commonly used when referring to essential oils. However, it also includes incense, powders and other liquids. Typically, the main feature of aromatherapy products and the substances and ingredients involved are all natural extracts. Aromatherapy harnesses the healing potential and natural goodness of plants and herbs such as –
These are some of the more popular extracts that are available in the form of powders, natural incense sticks and essential oils and newer innovations in the form of rare, indigenous plants with their own remarkable properties are constantly being made.
Aromatherapy, however, is an age-old concept. While the term was formally recognized in 1937, the practices involved can be traced back to prehistoric times when juniper berries were used to flavor food and as an antiseptic. For centuries, civilizations in Egypt, India and China have used natural extracts to disinfect their surroundings and as purifiers of air. Aromatherapy has strong links to medicine, which explains its profoundly effective nature.
Modern Aromatherapy Tools
There is a misconception that aromatherapy is limited to massage therapeutic clinics and spas. Indeed, aromatherapy at home is easier than ever before. It is a treatment method that is suited to home because –
- It works in the background, leaving you free to go about your routine, although for best results, it is recommended that you relax and stop moving about.
- It isn’t time consuming and begins to work its effect within minutes.
- It can be practiced very easily with minimal equipment and effort.
Our sense of smell plays an enormous role in our mental well-being and state of mind. A familiar scent at the end of a hard day’s work instantaneously puts us at ease. Every house, car and person has their own smell and over the course of time, we become accustomed to aromas and certain smells have the ability to help you loosen up, put your worries aside and stop your mind from racing all over the place.
It is no surprise that aromatherapy is especially well suited to
- Meditation – A gentle and natural aroma makes it so much easier to bring peace and stillness to your body and mind, helping you to clear your head of thoughts and focus on obtaining that perfect inner balance.
- Yoga – Yoga is all about breathing and helping your body and mind recover. Aromatherapy and yoga go hand in hand and the aroma of herbs wafting around your room or garden are perfect for elevating your entire experience.
Traditionally, the limited inconvenience and difficulty around modern aromatherapy has primarily been cleanliness and maintaining a neat space and living environment, especially if your choice of aromatherapy tool are incense sticks, the most simple and by far the most popular aromatherapy products. Fortunately, with the help of innovative devices such as aromatherapy incense burners, filling your entire house with the delightful aroma of flowers, herbs and spices has never been simpler and more importantly, cleaner and neater.
Whether it’s at the end of a particularly exhausting day or if you find yourself down with a depressing cold and body ache, the natural healing power of aromatherapy is a relaxing cure that you shouldn’t be missing out on!