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The Mental Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

By Brandi Goodman  

Aromatherapy products are meant to promote well-being. There are various mental health benefits, in particular, that the practice of aromatherapy can bring. The world is constantly in motion and our minds can take a serious beating. De-stressing from this world can be made easier with the help of aromatherapy, as can other facets of our mental health -- such as getting better sleep and increasing the opportunity for self-love.

Calming Your Nerves

Certain scents can help to ease your mind and calm your nerves when you're feeling anxious. Light up a scented candle, set some essential oils in a diffuser, or try another aromatherapy option to put your mind at ease. Chamomile, lavender, and bergamot orange are some options for calming nerves and feeling relaxed.

Diminishing Your Stress Levels

High stress can take a toll on the body and mind. You're more likely to feel fatigued, irritable, and anxious if you experience stress daily. Use certain scents and essential oils to diminish your stress levels and lower your blood pressure. It's helpful for the heart. Many of the scents used for anxiety also work well for stress. You can also give lemon, lemongrass, and jasmine a try. 

Improving Your Focus

Scattered thoughts and difficulty concentrating can make it tough to get through your school or workday. You can use scents to help improve your focus and boost your mind. Lemon is a great option that can help you feel uplifted, energetic, and ready to learn or work. You can also try cinnamon and peppermint.

Enhancing Your Sleep

Lavender is typically thought to be one of the best essential oils to promote sleep. The scent helps your mind and body relax and feel at ease so it makes it easier for you to drift off. Chamomile, clary sage, and sandalwood are also some possibilities.

Promoting Self-Love

It can be difficult to love yourself when you feel so down. A bad mood can make it tough to see just how great you really are. Use essential oils to promote self-love. Uplifting scents and mood-enhancing options can help to boost your spirits and make you feel better about your life and yourself. Bergamot, rose, sweet orange, and jasmine are some options to try.

The world of aromatherapy may be unfamiliar to many, but some are starting to see the benefits it can bring. Start out with some scented candles or an oil diffuser and you'll soon see all the advantages certain scents can bring to your well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Georgetown, Tex.

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