What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

Geschreven door: Stefanie Broes

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What is aromatherapy?

Did you know that aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that uses essential oils to improve your health and general well-being? In fact, aromatherapy is more than just lovely scents. Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that contain the aromas and flavors of plants. The oils can be inhaled or ingested, or applied to the skin.

The aromatic molecules entering your bloodstream affect your body and mind. Aromatherapy often reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood, and facilitates sleep. Several essential oils are available, each with its unique scent and properties. Some oils have a calming effect, while others are more stimulating. Common oils include lavender, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and rosemary.

When using essential oils, it is important to follow safety guidelines, as some oils can cause skin irritation or other side effects. It is important to use only high-quality oils that are 100% pure and fresh, and not adulterated or diluted. It is also helpful to remember that some essential oils may not be safe for use in certain medical conditions or during pregnancy.

 

Aromatherapy against stress, anxiety, and insomnia

Stress, anxiety, and insomnia are common problems that many people face on a daily basis. Fortunately, aromatherapy can help reduce these problems naturally and effectively.

  • Stress is a common response to situations perceived as challenging or threatening. While stress in itself is not necessarily bad, lasting stress can lead to a wide range of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Aromatherapy can help reduce stress by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, lowering cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and promoting relaxation. Some of the best essential oils for stress reduction are lavender, bergamot, geranium, chamomile, and ylang-ylang.
  • Anxiety is a feeling of worry, unease, or fear caused by something that could possibly happen in the future. While anxiety in itself is not necessarily harmful, it can become chronic and lead to a wide range of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Aromatherapy can help with anxiety by promoting relaxation, reducing heart rate, and calming the mind. Some of the best essential oils for anxiety reduction are lavender, bergamot, geranium, frankincense, and vetiver.
  • Insomnia is a sleeping disorder in which people have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up early. It can be caused by a wide range of factors, including stress, anxiety, pain, medication, and irregular sleep habits. Aromatherapy can help promote relaxation and sleep by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, and promoting a calm mind. Some of the best essential oils for insomnia are lavender, chamomile, vetiver, bergamot, and cedarwood.

Choosing the right essential oils for stress relief can be personal and depend on individual preferences. One tip is to experiment with different oils to see which ones work best for you. Moonbird's device can also help with breathing exercises combined with aromatherapy for natural relaxation.

 

Scientific proof and research

Although aromatherapy has been used as an alternative medicine for thousands of years, there is still doubt about its effectiveness scientifically. However, several studies have been conducted that support the benefits of aromatherapy, especially in the areas of stress and anxiety reduction.

A 2012 study found that aromatherapy with lavender oil can help reduce stress and anxiety in patients waiting for surgery. Another study from 2006 found that using ginger oil caused patients to have less nausea after surgery. In 2002, a study was also conducted on aromatherapy and showed that lotion with lemon balm reduced anxiety in patients with severe dementia.

While these studies are encouraging, more research is needed to assess the long-term effectiveness of aromatherapy and to compare it with other treatments for stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

There is still much to discover about the potential benefits of aromatherapy and how it can be used most effectively. There is also debate about the quality of essential oils and how they can be improved. Some experts suggest stricter quality controls to ensure that oils used for aromatherapy are free of contaminants and synthetic additives.

Aromatherapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and can also provide relaxation and better sleep. In addition, it can help relieve pain and improve your mood. Aromatherapy is a natural and safe way to address health problems and can have a positive impact on your well-being.

 

How can moonbird help you with this?

We have developed moonbird as an extra support to become calm if you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or sleep problems, for example. Moonbird is a breathing coach that you carry with you anytime, anywhere, and expands and shrinks in the palm of your hand. Follow its calm rhythm with your breathing and you'll feel more relaxed and at ease in just a few minutes. You get real-time biofeedback through the moonbird app, so you can see the positive effects of the exercises on your body.

By intuitively guiding you with your breathing, combined with biofeedback, moonbird helps you to rebalance your body and mind, relax and calm down, and help you fall asleep faster. Anytime, anywhere.

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