Aromatherapy: Embracing the Power of Aromas

A two week vacation on a Caribbean island can do wonders for relaxation, but if pressed for time, take a whiff of lavender for a similar effect. Aromas have a direct influence on moods. They can elevate your mood or make you feel sad, remind you of good times and bad and instantly transports you to childhood years.

Aromatherapy is a intriguing science. Aroma means scent and therapy means treatment.  It uses the primordial olfactory instinct (what some people refer to as the “sniffer”) to restore inner peace, increase energy, relieve pain, and truly enjoy life’s precious gifts.

Here are some of Aromatherapy’s  most amazing benefits.

Stress relief

Aromatherapy is one of the best natural remedies to reduce stress levels. Certain aromas causes the brain to trigger chemical, neurological and emotive responses. As a result, it reduces tension, energizes a lethargic day and produces a sense of calm.

When finding ways to relieve stress, keep in mind that natural is always better. If you want to rid yourself from stress, jasmine, grapefruit, lavender and chamomile are your best options. The signature Stress-Fix massage at Hiatus blends lavender and tension relieving massage techniques to calm and ground.

Headache

Aromatherapy can be an excellent complementary therapy for headaches and migraines. While it may not permanently solve the problem, it can offer symptomatic relief and comfort. Lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint are especially helpful in reducing headaches.

Anxiety and depression

Aromatherapy is also beneficial for people who are coping with psychological issues as it can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It allows one to embrace their thoughts and feelings with softness and comfort.

For years doctors have been using aromas to help patients suffering with anxiety.  Several studies revealed that the sense of smell has a direct effect on the limbic system, the part of our brain that controls anxiety and fear.