* The outcomes of this diet depend on the person's individual predispositions and cannot be guaranteed in every person. We advise you to consult your doctor before you start a diet programme.
Feeling stressed or having trouble sleeping? Aromatherapy is your answer!
Hardly anyone can claim they live a calm and relaxed life these days. With all sorts of external pressures, our lifestyle tends to end up very hectic. The problem is that such a way of life usually brings with it too much stress that we often struggle to cope with. And as we know, stress can trigger many physical and mental illnesses. It is stress that raises our blood pressure, makes us put on weight, weakens our immunity and disturbs our sleep. If you don’t want to resort to pills to sort out your problems, you can try aromatherapy.
Smell is one of our five senses and it is directly linked to the brain’s limbic system. That is why certain scents are perfect for dissolving tension, tiredness and stress or lifting one’s mood. The right scent will often get your body going more easily and faster than a cup of coffee. Many scents can be found in plants. Aromatic substances contained in plants (essential oils) don’t affect just our sense of smell, but they also trigger a biological response in our body. This means that they affect various internal organs. Depending on which essential oil you choose, you can bring about positive changes in different areas. This process is called aromatherapy.
What can you use herbs for?
Herbs can be used to treat many health problems. You can use them fresh (in soups, for instance), or dried. Herbs can be turned into tinctures, infusions, extracts or decoctions. And last but not least, herbs are also utilized in the production of essential oils. These oils are widely available in shops, however, make sure you go for products that are tried and tested and fully natural. They tend to be more expensive, but they are worth the extra cost. Herbs and their essential oils have a wide range of properties – some are beneficial for the respiratory system, some promote relaxation whilst others have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Massage helps relieve tension
Aromatherapy can be used in many different ways. You can add a few drops of essential oil into your bath, you can use the oils for massage or steam inhalation, or you can use them in aroma lamps (fill the bowl with water, add 4-8 drops of the essential oil and allow it to evaporate). A massage with the use of essential oils is very relaxing and is particularly effective for combating stress. The substances within the essential oils help relieve tension and emotions and allow your mind to expand. And why massage? The touch works wonders at relaxing tired muscles and promotes overall relaxation. Massage will alleviate your stress and tension and you will feel much calmer. Apart from the muscles, massage is also beneficial for the lymphatic and circulatory systems by helping the body get rid of toxins.
Herbs – the source of natural antidepressants
The best “antidepressants” that have been used for centuries include lavender, geranium, neroli, ylang-ylang and rose. If you are under stress, you often start feeling tired. It is important that you have a rest and learn how to recharge your batteries. Don’t ignore the first warning signs, such as anxiety, palpitations, muscle aches or panic attacks. Slow down. A great stress buster is geranium that can bring the body and mind in harmony by modifying the hormonal and emotional processes. Herbs and plants can also help with insomnia, which is closely linked to stress. Problems with sleeping can be brought on by an overall day fatigue, irritability, unhappiness or work-related stress. If you can’t sleep, go for lavender. It acts as a soothing tonic for the irritated nervous system and it will just melt your stress away.
The following mixes can be used if you are suffering from increased stress levels or have trouble sleeping. If you want to use the essential oils for massage, mix them with cocoa butter or shea butter.
1 drop of fennel, 3 drops of geranium, 2 drops of grapefruit. Mix the oils with 15ml vegetable oil. The mix can be used for massage, in an aroma lamp or in a bath.
Good sleep mix:
2 drops of grapefruit, 3 drops of lavender, 1 drop of lemongrass. Mix the oils with 15ml vegetable oil. Use for massage, in a bath or drop 1 or 2 drops on your pillow.
If you have trouble sleeping, we recommend that you get yourself a herb pillow. You can either buy one or make it yourself. The best herbs for the pillow are lavender, lemon balm, thyme or oregano. You will need some cotton fabric (30 x 20cm), cotton wool, needle (or a sewing machine), thread, ribbon and dried herbs (about 40g). With the reverse side up, sew the fabric pieces together along their edges. Turn inside out and stuff the pillow with the herbs and cotton wool. Sew up the remaining gap. You can decorate the pillow with a ribbon.