Many of us can’t believe that the end of the year is already looming. Aside from struggling to make a dent in our work and personal tasks, it seems like we don’t have enough time to sleep, pause and rest. Doryce Sher, founder of Aromatic Apothecary, shares a few tips on how to deal with end of year madness… with aromatherapy.
1. Using Aromatherapy to deal with stress
Aromatherapy is a natural solution to help counteract the effect of the year-end rush. Nature’s energy is captured in pure essential oils, which have the ability to affect our mind, body and soul. They have a physiological effect on how we think and feel. and they exhibit vibrational qualities that can affect our cell tissue by resonance.
2. Use the ‘it can wait’ approach
We need to make a choice to take time away from receiving or responding to information — we can do with an ‘it can wait’ moment at least twice a day. Take a few minutes at regular intervals and change the way you deal with stress — feel less rushed by creating pockets of ‘standstill’ time. Enhance this time with aromatic oils to focus the body, mind and soul on the present moment — being PRESENT for a few moments has the benefit of bringing calm to the storm.
3. Some pause actions:
- At the office — every couple of hours, push your chair away from your desk, sit with your eyes closed and breathe in aromas (use an aromatic inhaler or inhale from a bottle of oils).
- At home — while doing chores or house work, take a moment — stand still, close your eyes and breathe in aromas or use a room spray to enhance the aroma in your home.
- In the car — keep some oils in your car and some cotton wool in the ashtray. Add a few drops to the cotton wool ball and top up when the fragrance fades. Or use inhalers and inhale the aromas deeply when waiting at a traffic light.
- Whilst waiting — if you’re waiting for a lift, a meeting or your kids at school, instead of checking the time repeatedly when waiting, simply surrender and breathe — you’ll be much more relaxed instead of anxious and irritated.
- Before bed — shower or bath using bath oils or soap containing essential oils. Instead of watching TV or staring at your computer screen or tablet, take 20minutes to meditate whilst inhaling calming aromas using a burner. Massage your feet and hands with soothing aromatherapy foot cream.
4. Aromatherapy oils for a calming effect
When pausing and breathing, use aromatherapy oils that are calming but not sedating, and have a balancing effect. The following oils can be used alone or as blends.
5. Application of calming oils
- Use inhalers containing a blend of oils for personal inhalation of blended essential oils.
- Burn your favourite oil in a burner whilst breathing deeply.
Absorption via the blood stream:
- Use premixed bath and massage oils in the bath or after your bath.
- Mini roll-ons rubbed onto pulse points and for discreet inhalation
- Soaps and body lotions containing calming essential oils
- Bath crystals in a bath or for a foot spa