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Stress Relief from Mother Nature

     Using mother nature's plants and flower essance is a great way to reduce stress and improve balance of the body, mind and spirit.  You can use aromatherapy to harmonize and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Adding a few drops to your bath water or in a diffuser can give you the relaxation you need for healthier living.  Adding essential oils directly to your skin is another way of using these powerful healing agents for deep relaxation.

     One of the most common essential oils used for relaxation and stress relief is lavender.  It's considered a nervine and helps to promote inner tranquility and restfulness.  Research has also found that it helps to reduce anxiety, panic attacks and depression.  You can use it to massage into your temples, neck and shoulders to release tension.  Make sure you get the 100 percent pure Lavandula Angustifolia, and not the Lavandula Latifolia, which is the stimulating lavendar.  

     Bergamot is another soothing essential oil for calming the nerves containing properties that helps to reduce stress, sleeplessness and depression.  Bergamot oil stimulates the pleasure hormones in your body and brain to help you feel good.      

     Made from the flowers of the Cananga odorata tree, ylang-ylang is a stress buster that leaves you feeling relaxed and less depressed.  Combining essential oils can also be used for deep relaxation purposes.  Have fun and be creative when you're looking for ways to melt the stress away.  

Written By: Gretchen Pound, Ph.D.,RYT, Reiki Master, Ayurveda Health Counselor    


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