Unfortunately stress is a fact of life and at times stress can be difficult to manage. How often do you hear someone moan, “I’m so stressed out?”. “I don’t have enough time.” “My house is a mess” and so on and so on.
Finding some routines, a ritual can help us deal with everyday stress and lay a foundation for when times get rough. One step to help fight the war on stress is to be sure you exercise. Not only does exercise keep your body healthy but it is good for your brain. Sleep is another important factor. Recently two loved ones have struggled with lack of sleep. They lost weight, were anxious, had trouble focusing and got irritated quickly. Finally, don’t forget to stay hydrated. I notice when my routine changes the first thing to go is making sure I drink my water and herb teas.
One part of stress management is breathing. Being able to take deep breaths, what I call “Yoga Breaths” can help calm the “flight or fight” syndrome. One way to encourage the habit of breathing is Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is using the scents of plants, fresh, dried or in essential oils to help change your mood. Certain plants and scents are associated with desirable qualities. Lavender and Chamomile are relaxing. Mints can energize. Eucalyptus can be clearing and so on.
I tell our customers that one important factor is to choose a scent that smells good to them. Quite a few years ago, Carly had a severe case of stress. She was living overseas, lonely, scared and certain smells from her science classroom made her nausea. When she moved back home, some smells were still a trigger. She fought back by finding smells that relaxed and calmed her. She carried around vials of essential oils for years and would use them liberally whenever she felt a panic attack coming. At Dulse & Rugosa, the almost magical relief from scents is one of the reason we love to make and sell our many aromatherapy products.
Dulse and Rugosa has a full line of lovely products designed to help you take a deep breath. Our solid perfumes come in many scents. One of my favorites is Lilac Solid Perfume. Last summer, while driving to a downtown Boston market I used the Lilac perfume to help me calm down in traffic. It really worked. I’d put it right under my nose and I would breathe easier. Regular use helped me build motor memory and I can now navigate Boston traffic without a soothing scent calm to help keep calm. Of course, it’s way more fun and such a simple act of self love that I continue to use a solid perfume or balm.
We often get asked, “How long will this last?” The idea behind Aromatherapy is not to find something that last a long time. Rather it is to develop a ritual, a habit to help you be your best self. Find a scent you love and give yourself some sweet flower therapy.
Happy breathing my friends!