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Stress and aromatherapy

 

 

Yesterday I was asked to talk more about 5 different types of stress and how aromatherapy (the use of essential oils) may help alleviate it.

The stress, that we experience, can be divided into 5 types:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS

is caused by, for example, bright lights over the desk or noise from the equipment in the office or factory, or too cramped office space. The oils for this type are: cedarwood, coriander, basil, cypress, chamomile. If we look at the herbs themselves, which give us those essential oils, it窶冱 easy to see a bit of a link between the medicinal qualities of the herbs and the goal we want to achieve using them for stress. When speaking of environmental stress the first thing that comes to mind is sensory overload, detoxification. Coriander and basil, for instance, are great detoxifiers, which can be grown in your garden and used in cooking on the daily basis!

  • CHEMICAL STRESS

is caused by inner chemical imbalance 窶 too much caffeine or alcoholic drinks, too many pain-killers or antibiotics, inhaling air-pollutants (smoke, fumes, even chemical fragrances, such as automated air-sprays in public spaces). Some of the essential oils for this type are: lavender, petitgraine, lemon, rosemary, clary sage.

 

  • PHYSICAL STRESS

is caused by pushing your body to the limits 窶 overworking in the gym, preparing for a marathon, etc. Rosemary, lavender, chamomile, fennel may be suitable here.

 

  • MENTAL STRESS

may be caused by trying to achieve, taking exams, unemployment, financial worries. Good essential oils for this type are: sandalwood, cardamom, grapefruit, patchouli, lavender.

 

  • EMOTIONAL STRESS

may be caused by relationship problems, grief, inability to give or receive love, etc. Geranium, rose, sandalwood, palmarosa, vetiver are great oils for this type of stress.
These stress types can vary in the degree they affect a person. So here we differentiate between the types of stress (where it came from) and how deeply each type can go into our body (the degree it affects us). Generally, 4 levels/ degrees of stress are identified:

 

LEVEL 1: starts as tiredness, irritability, headaches, insomnia

LEVEL 2: anxiety or depression develops, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, helplessness

LEVEL 3: all sorts of phobias may develop, despair, increasing guilt and depression, susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections

LEVEL 4: unexplained pains, heart problems, strokes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, arthritis, auto-immune disorders; the brain and the immune system is further depressed.

 

Aromatherapy can offer synergistic blends for each type and level of stress. A skilled practitioner would be able to assess a patient and make suitable essential oils blend.

Interestingly, modern medicine considers stress to be a major cause of basically any disease. And I will talk more about stress and its effect on the body in the next blog post.

 

 

Fertility

Trying to conceive is becoming one of the most stressful times for modern couples. Fertility has been in decline in the developed countries due to the modern ways of life 窶 low-nutrients diet, environmental pollution, chemicals in our food, sedentary life, way too much screen time (the white light and the electro-magnetic field disrupting our circadian rhythm, which results in a cascade of hormonal imbalances).

Working on improving fertility is not only about getting the parts 窶彭own there窶 to work well, it is about making lifestyle changes, creating a space, where your body can cope with growing a new human being 窶 not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.

When I have a woman coming to see me after having had miscarriages or trying to conceive for more than 2 years without success, we talk about everything that has been happening in her life for this period of time and before. We go as far as her own childhood and birth. If the person is ready, we do the inner child work alongside with energy medicine, such as flower essences and/ or homeopathy.

But I always, always work with the father as well. The future human being would need a sperm and an ovum to grow from, so they both need to be equally healthy. More often than not only one partner seeks treatment, while it窶冱 essential that both parties are on board in this venture of procreation!