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Alternative Therapies: Aromatherapy

Many plant essences can help to bring on a calm, relaxed state of mind. Aromatherapy is simple to do: just a dip cotton in the essences and inhale. A mixture of lavender, geranium, and patchouli relieves tension and anxiety; chamomile and melissa act as antispasmodics and nerve sedatives.

To treat stress, anxiety, tension, or mental fatigue, try any one or a combination of the following: basil, bergamot, Bomeo camphor, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, garlic, geranium, ginger, hyssop, lavender, lemon, marjoram, meroli, nutmeg, onion, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, thyme.

Smell all the following essential oils and choose the one or combination of aromas that appeals to you the most.
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Lavender relaxes and relieves stress.

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Rosemary stimulates and sharpens the mind.

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Geranium reduces stress.

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Chamomile reduces stress.

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Clary sage is useful for relaxing.

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Sandalwood is good for insomnia and depression.

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Juniper berry is good for reducing anxiety and anger.

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Sweet marjoram is also good for reducing anxiety.

 Essential Oils For Stress-Related Problems

Anger, Anxiety: Basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, marjoram, melissa, neroli, ylang-ylang

Depression: Basil, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang-ylang

Insomnia: Basil, chamomile, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, neroli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, thyme, ylang-ylang

Nervous Exhaustion: Basil, cinnamon, citronella, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, nutmeg, rosemary, ylang-ylang

Nervous Tension: Basil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, melissa, neroli, palmarosa, rosemary, vetiver, ylang-ylang

Essential Oil Blend For Stress

The following mix is useful for relaxing body aches and other pain associated with stress.

20 drops lavender oil

10 drops rosemary oil

10 drops black pepper oil

5 drops peppermint oil

5 drops cypress oil

Add the ingredients to the entire bottle of Basic Massage Oil. Shake well to mix.

When you are mentally exhausted and sick of thinking, the following blend will allow you to fade far away, relax your mind, and forget the world for a while.

10 drops bergamot oil

20 drops geranium oil

10 drops ylang-ylang oil

5 drops frankincense oil

5 drops cedarwood oil

Add the ingredients to the entire bottle of Basic Massage Oil. Shake well to mix.

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