Using Essential Oils to De-Stress

Stress and anxiety can be draining, triggered by circumstances, work, school, and life. Aromatherapy and other stress-relieving activities can help to keep them at bay. Annette McDermott, author for, explains, “Aromatherapy is the practice of inhaling the scent of essential oils to improve your well-being. One theory of how they work is that by stimulating the smell receptors in your nose, they can send messages to your nervous system.”

Using aromatherapy and essential oils products can help ease the anxious mind because smell is one of the most profound mood enhancers, triggering emotions and memories. Using essential oil sprays and roll-ons deliver a subtle, but joyous scent that can transport our mind out of anxiety and into a state of tranquility.

Lavender aromatherapy is great at inviting a sense of peace and calm. It is one of the most popular essential oils for managing stress and anxiety. Citrus aromatherapy has also been proven to improve overall mood.

Avoid using synthetic fragrances, as those oils do not provide the same therapeutic properties as therapeutic-grade oils. Refer to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for essential oil general safety guidelines at Start out by incorporating these suggestions into a daily routine to connect with your mind and spirit.

Natalie Toma is a certified massage therapist and founder of Enchanted Realms, located in Enola. For more information, call 717-693-9493 or visit

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