Aromas interact with our limbic system and provide a natural help for relieving stress and instilling a calming effect. Oils affect each of us differently. Therefore, it is good to experiment with those recommended to see which gives the most help. Most suggested are Grounding Blend, Tension Blend, Patchouli, Calming Blend, and Wild Orange. Suggested application techniques include:
• Diffusion at home or in the office using a diffuser.
• Baths, 3 – 4 drops added to warm bath water. Mix well before entering.
• Massage Blend technique.
• Foot or hand massage with selected oil or blend.
• For those on-the-go. Use an inhaler with a selected oil or blend.
• Also for those on-the-go. Use the Tension Blend roll on dispenser.
• Also for those on-the-go use simple cup and inhale technique.
Stress is the body’s normal reaction to abnormal situations either in the outside environment or internal physical or emotional changes. Stress is not always negative, sometimes external stressors require unusual responses and stress describes the body’s ability to make emergency changes. Scientifically a model used to describe stress includes 3 stages:
• Stage 1 – Alarm. When the stressor is first sensed the body will produce adrenaline (and other hormones) producing the fight-or-flight response.
• Stage 2 – Resistance. If the stressor continues the body tries to adapt to the stressor.
• Stage 3 – Exhaustion. As the body tries to adapt to the cause of the stress it may eventually not be able to cope with the demands placed on it.
The long term effects of Stage 3 can result in physical and emotional/mental disorders. Digestive system problems, ulcers, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, depression, sleeping disorders, and other emotional situations can all be related to stress. The various body systems call all be affected:
Nervous System – The sympathetic nervous system signals the adrenal gland and adrenaline and cortisol are released (the fight-or-flight response).
Cardiovascular System – Heart rate increases, there are stronger contractions of the heart, and blood vessels dilate allowing increased flow of blood to muscles.
Endocrine System – The adrenal glands produce the increase adrenaline and cortisol.
Gastro-intestinal System – Digestive processes are disrupted that may cause changes in eating habits, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
Muscular System – Muscles tense that can result in cramping or over time result in headaches or other physical symptoms.
Reproductive System – In men chronic stress can result in impotence as testosterone and sperm production are reduced. In women menstrual cycle changes can occur, sexual desires reduced.
Respiratory System – Breathing can become rapid and/or hyperventilation can occur.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.