The pace of modern life, pressures in the workplace and all the demands of life in a continually changing world, make this an age of “stress”. Stress, now considered a normal part of life, can be a positive experience creating excitement, increased energy, clarity of thought and creativity.
Manifestations of stress
Physical – muscle tension, back ache, headaches, exhaustion, ulcers, heart attacks and more
Psychological – Depression, anxiety, panic.
Behavioral – Poor concentration, lethargy, self abuse, aggression.
Emotional – lack of confidence, fear, frustration, loss of interest, hysteria
How Aromatherapy can help?
Aromatherapy can help with stress management by a direct link to the limbic and autonomic system. The hypothalamus is the major control center of the autonomic nervous system. It controls the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions which activate the “fight or flight” adrenaline production. As we inhale the essential oils, there is a direct link to the limbic system of the brain via the olfactory nerve. This triggers the secretion of neurotransmitters such as seratonin or encephalins which relax or uplift the spirits.
Essential oils are the backbone of aromatherapy. Essential oils provide the aromatherapy of the aromatherapy. These [essential oils] are liquids stored in various places in plants, that can be removed from the plant using steam distillation, cold pressing, chemicals, or fat-absorption. These can be stored in the peel of a fruit (which is where citrus fruits hide theirs), in the petals of a flower (like the fair rose), in the bark of a tree (the magnificent evergreens, for example), or its leaves (as the eucalyptus does), in the sap of a plant (the strong myrrh bush does this), or, in some rare cases, outside the plant.