Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment for many types of mental illness. In some cases, it also helps substance abuse and recovery. This technique involves essential oils. Extracted from plants in their native area, these oils are useful in various ways. Aromatherapy is a way to breathe the oils in safely while benefiting from their powerful effects.
Below, you will find several ways to use essential oil in aromatherapy at home. If you're searching for a counselor in Wilmington, NC to help you with mental illness, call Legacy for help.
Steaming is an age-old way to use essential oils. Add the oil to a large bowl of steaming hot water. Then, cover your head with a towel and place your face over the bowl. Be sure to get close enough to inhale the steam, but not too close. It can cause burns on your face or throat if the water is too hot. Putting the towel over your head helps to keep the steam inside of your tent-like space.
You can also make a spray bottle full of essential oils and distilled water. You can use the spray liberally anywhere you are. For those who deal with stress on a daily basis, consider combining rose, clary sage and lavender together in a bottle to spray at home, in the office, in the car or on your sheets and pillowcases at night.
Sometimes, taking a soothing bath with oil infused water can help you relax and get ready for bed after a long day. Add up to 12 drops of a soothing oil in your bathwater. For an added effect, consider adding milk or coconut oil to help moisturize skin.
One of the most popular ways to get all the benefits of aromatherapy is by adding oils to a diffuser. The diffuser is a device that will steam water and oil and disperse it in the air. This can help alleviate anxiety, stress, depression and other issues throughout the day. You can even use a diffuser to help you get focused and determined.
If you do not have a diffuser or are unable to use the steam treatment while out and about, consider adding four drops of a relaxing essential oil to a tissue or cotton ball. Then, place it in a bowl next to you. This will offer the same effect without a diffuser or steam treatment. This method works best in an enclosed area. A larger space would be better treated with a diffuser, as it can fill a much larger space with the aroma.
Aromatherapy is a great way to naturally combat mental illness. If you, or someone you know, need help with depression, anxiety or other type of disorder, be sure to contact us. We are here to help you with holistic treatments.
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