Benefits of Aromatherapy for Mental Health
You may consider visiting an Aromatherapist for your physical needs, your shoulders may ache, you may have digestive issues? How about considering using essential oils and aromatherapy for your mental wellbeing? So, as its Mental Health Awareness Week I thought I would take a moment to discuss the benefits of essential oils and your mental wellbeing.
In March 2017, a survey was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, 2,290 interviews were completed
Three of the key findings were:
More than 4 out of 10 people say they have experienced depression
Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks
Nearly two thirds of people say they have experienced mental health problems
Unfortunately, mental health still has a stigma attached to it, a lot of people report keeping it quiet, worried that it may affect their jobs or relationships, that others may think less of them. We all know that talking things through can be beneficial and often relieves feelings of anxiety and panic. Some people try Meditation, Yoga or other holistic approaches to manage their stress. These approaches are great and when you find what works for you it can be a huge relief.
Aromatherapy is one avenue that may be an option
Essential oils have many properties that can help relieve physical and emotional symptoms.
Often an emotional symptom may lead onto a physical one, I always ask my clients how they manage their stress and what does stress mean to them? Where or how does it manifest itself in their body?
A panic attack for example, may result in breathlessness, or stomach cramps. Feeling overwhelmed may result in insomnia or repetitive headaches.
Haven’t we all felt better when soothed by a reassuring hand on our shoulder, being listened to and cared for. Aromatherapy massage can be helpful in all these situations. Massage makes you feel nurtured and cared for, and with the added benefit of the essential oils, may relive some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
You don’t necessarily need to have a treatment you can make a blend yourself and use in the bath or a vaporizer or even put 1-2 drops of an essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma.
I would recommend the following blend for anxiety. To 25ml of vegetable oil add
1 drop of Neroli- Citrus aurantium
3 drops of Bergamot- Citrus bergamia
1 drop of Frankincense- Boswellia carterii
-Massage onto your body; chest and neck are good areas
-Add half a teaspoon of the blend to a bath before bed
-Decant 5ml into a small bottle and take with you and rub a little onto your wrist to have an instant aromatic lift