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Aromatherapy & Covid 19

Many people are very concerned about the Covid 19 virus and in some cases, overwhelmed with the news updates on the number of reported cases, deaths, the shortage of hospital beds and the staffing situations. All very understandable. Oils, Scents & More would like to let you know how Aromatherapy can help ease some of that stress, Essential oils can help relieve mental and physical stress, uplift your mood and help you relax.

If used correctly essential oils are safe. If you are not familiar with them it is best to consult or be under the supervision of an experienced Aromatherapist or Holistic Practionner. Anna has found working with essential oils, for over 20 years,  to be beneficial in many ways. What is important is that if you are under a doctor's care and/or taking prescription drugs let the Aromatherapist know and advise your doctor of your wish to use Aromatherapy (essential oils).

As mentioned in my FAQ section, essential oils have specific therapeutic, psychological, and physiological properties, which may help improve your health. The biochemical composition of the oils stimulates our brains, affects our moods and well-being. That can help us in this time of Covid 19. If you are feeling depressed, tired, lacking motivation or just out of sorts an aromatherapy blend may be an answer. There are oils that are specific to these and other types of mental and physical stresses. Here are just few:

Uplifting: lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, sweet orange and grapefruit ( use in room diffusers).

Stimulating: cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, rosemary (use in room diffusers). 

Caution: for those with high blood pressure, rosemary and peppermint essential oils will increase BP. Avoid rosemary if your are prone to seizures, it can trigger one.

Relaxing: lavender, chamomile roman, ylang ylang, patchouli, vetiver (use in a diffuser, or massage blend). 

Caution: if you have low blood pressure and use ylang ylang it will lower BP and if you are allergic to ragweed test a small area on the skin before using chamomile.

Anxiety: clary sage, bergamot, sweet orange, lavender, (massage, diffuser, inhalation).

Caution: if using a massage blend with bergamot or sweet orange they are photo toxic. Meaning if you are exposed to sunlight immediately after use, it can cause brown spots on the skin. Clary sage should not be used if pregnant as it can induce labor. Use only under supervision of a therapist or doctor.

Depression (accompanied with stress); clary sage, bergamot, geranium, lavender, marjoram (in massage or diffuser) 

Caution: clary sage and bergamot (see above - under anxiety).

Sleep : lavender, chamomile roman, cedarwood, basil (massage, inhalation, diffuser). 

Caution: chamomile is related to ragweed family so if you have allergies caution is necessary. Regarding lavender inhalation, over use can have a reverse affect so follow the instructions provided.

These are just a few essential oils one can use during this period. To have the maximum benefit it is best to discuss your goals with the Aromatherapist who then can prepare blends and recommend the appropriate oils for you as an individual.

You can contact, Anna Paris via email ([email protected]) to set up a virtual consultation.