Today, many Americans are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to maintaining a physically, mentally and spiritually healthy lifestyle.
On the one hand, we are all too often caught up in crazy-busy daily routine — immersed in heavily negative and contentious social and traditional media; deeply concerned over personal, professional and financial issues; and much more. This all culminates in stress, anxiety, nagging physical problems and, in some cases, serious illness.
On the other hand, we know that medicating symptoms with prescription drugs is frequently ineffective and carries the risk of side effects that can be as bad as or worse than the problems they are treating. There are obviously many situations where traditional medicine should be the first line of attack, but it always helps to know all of your options.
While seeking professional medical help is never a bad idea, there are other powerful resources at our disposal to help cultivate a healthier body, attitude and spirit. One of the oldest and most reliable is the subject of the accompanying resource. It’s a great overview of this ancient healing practice, and should be read by anyone in search of natural ways to improve well-being.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to relieve stress; calm the spirit; and treat a wide range of physical issues — including poor digestion, lack of energy, skin conditions, muscle aches, inflammation and flu. The resource presents an overview of how to make aromatherapy part of your daily routine to help improve your quality of life in all aspects.
Aromatherapy is popular because it is natural, affordable and — most of all — believed to be effective. To say that aromatherapy is an established practice is an understatement: There is evidence the Chinese used aromatics centuries ago, and medicinal oils were used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Today, essential oil products are widely available in brick-and-mortar stores as well as online. They can also be made at home. Oils are normally applied to the skin, as with face creams and soaps — or inhaled, as with infusers, humidifiers and candles.
Taking a careful look at this resource is an excellent first step in adding essential oils to your self-care plan. As with anything you use for mental, physical and spiritual well-being, we encourage you to study carefully and consult with a trusted physician before making substantial changes. However, most essential oil products that are quite mild and when used properly may make significant improvements quickly.