Aromatherapy Information Tips and Techniques

Aromatherapy with Soaps and Candles

Our sense of smell is more than just one of our senses it is connected to emotion and mood. Some scents can help to lift your spirits and help you feel calmer or more energized.

When you use scents to improve your health or mood, you’re using aromatherapy, which is a form of complementary therapy. The use of soaps and candles made with essential oils and calming fragrance oils can help the brain influence everything from mood, metabolism, stress and even libido.

Research has demonstrated that aromatherapy, specifically lavender, can improve mood and lessen anxiety. Our ‘Off Shift Bliss’ soap and also ‘Outdoor Murse’ in both soap and candle form contain a blend with lavender essential oils.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing showed that aromatherapy helped intensive care patients to feel less anxious and more positive immediately. So, if it can help your patients, it can help you too.

The power of aromatherapy can be seen in our sense of smell’s ability to bring forth vivid memory. Is there a scent that reminds you of your grandma’s homemade cookies? Perhaps a vanilla scent? Rose is one that often reminds me of my own grandmother as she used rose water and also rose scented lotions, so whenever I smell roses, I think of her.

Some fragrances can be energizing like citrus scents. Our Nurse Bodyworks “A Nurse’s Kitchen” candle is a great scent for energizing and is wonderful at removing strong odors like if you’ve cooked fish.

According to behavioral health specialist Jane Ehrman, MEd., Breathing in a scent like lavender takes your mind off of the frustration or the stress you are experiencing. “As you breathe in and experience the scent, you get out of your head and into the moment,” she says.

Aromatherapy is an affordable relaxation technique you can use at home with the use of candles, soaps, lotions and essential oils like you can purchase here from Nurse Bodyworks.

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