As holistic health becomes more mainstream, the use of essential oils, which are oils extracted from plants and flowers, are growing in popularity. Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for health and well-being. Essential oils can be used for skincare, rashes, cleaning products, and to help with moods, including stress relief. Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed their resources. It’s what we feel when we think we’ve lost control of events. While some stress is necessary, unmanaged stress has been shown to lead to or exacerbate heart disease, asthma, obesity, and depression.
Essential oils work by stimulating olfactory (smell) receptor cells in the brain. Using aromatherapy to soothe the body after a stressful experience, can help to change how the brain responds at that moment.
Many essential oils help with stress relief. Here are my favorites:
This versatile oil is a favorite amongst many because of its pleasant, floral aroma. It induces relaxation and is excellent for insomnia. It is also beneficial for pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is ideal for people who are experiencing physical pain along with stress.
How to Use
- Aromatherapy candles
- Flameless electronic diffuser for home or office
- Lavender massage lotion
Lemongrass is used in both culinary and pain-relieving preparations in Southeast Asia. Lemongrass leaves are used in Thai herbal compresses. These compresses are used for both physical and emotional pain relief. Its pleasant scent helps relax the body, and useful for those with insomnia.
How to Use
- For insomnia: 2 Drops on a cotton ball and place under pillow
- Car diffuser: This connects the cigarette lighter in your car and disperses the scent you add.
- Add 1 drop per ounce of lotion and massage into skin
Peppermint is an excellent essential oil to use if you are experiencing mental fatigue and exhaustion due to stress. Its scent is uplifting and can help motivate you to get the job done!
How to Use
- Add a few drops to a piece of cloth. Carry it with you and breathe into the fabric when you need a little pick me up.
- Steam Inhalation: Boil 2 cups of water. Carefully, pour the water into a bowl. Gradually add the essential oil, one drop at a time. Around 3-7 drops should do but use your discretion. Inhale from about 12″ away from the bowl. Take a few breaths in at a time. Stop if you notice any irritation or discomfort.
- Add 1 drop per ounce of jojoba oil and massage into skin
Here are a few words of caution:
Just because essential oils are natural, does not mean that they are safe in every instance. They can be dangerous if not used correctly.
- Some essential oils may not be safe for those who have epilepsy, are currently pregnant, or breastfeeding. Check with your healthcare provider to see which essential oils are safe for you.
- If you plan on using essential oils on your skin, do not use without diluting in a carrier. A carrier medium is a base used to dilute the essential oil to make it safer to use. Common carriers are olive oil, unscented lotion, and shea butter. Even after diluting essential oils in a carrier, test on a small patch of skin to make sure you aren’t allergic.
- Phototoxicity, or photosensitization, is a reaction caused when essential oils on the skin are exposed to UV light – whether from the sun or a tanning bed. Reactions can be severe, and even permanent.
Yours in Health,
If you are looking for someone with massage therapy expertise, who also is familiar with which essential oils to use for stress reduction look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or click here to book.
It was December of 2008, and my daughter was due any day. I was at Walmart getting a newborn medical kit with the suction bulb for stuffy noses and an extra bottle of Mylicon Infant Gas Drops. I waited in line patiently with my hand on my low back swaying to relieve pressure off my hips and ankles.
Then this terrible screaming high pitch noise came from over my shoulder ” Oh my Gosh you are beautiful” ( In my head: I know that lady do I know you?”) Then she puts both hands on my belly and her ear up to my stomach…
UMMM CUSE ME NUT CASE AUNTIE! GETCHO DIRTY HANDS OFF MY MIRACLE CHILD
Why do people think its ok to touch a pregnant mother’s belly? Some people think it is ok to just walk up and start rubbing on your belly.
It is not OK to walk up to a stranger and start touching body parts so WHY on earth would people think it’s ok to rub a pregnant woman’s belly?
Mom’s let me give you some SASSY Kung Fu Walmart line tips.
- Don’t be shy to say NO or block or slap their hand like a kid that is about to touch something he/she should not be touching. It’s your body. Speak up! Find your voice! Let me have it. It’s ok everyone will be on your side.
- Be firm you can say “ I don’t let strangers touch my baby”. If baby were in his/her stroller would you let a stranger walk up and touch him/her? NO! You would be in Lioness mode protecting her cub.
- Work your kindergarten kungfu double hand rotation paddle smackdown. That will freak them out.
Why do people touch pregnant bellies?
Can you believe is some cultures it’s believed to bring good luck to the person? Maybe I would allow it, if it were another woman trying to get pregnant, then I would understand her trying to catch it like it’s a cold by touching the belly. Most people cannot believe there is a miniature person curled up in there. We know it’s a blessing it’s a miracle, but not everyone has the privilege to touch the sacred belly.
Of course there will be times when you want some to rub on the belly. Once the baby starts moving and can be felt easily from the outside, you will want to share this special time with someone. Friends, family member, spouse, or partner, but not the stranger at Walmart.
Oh, It gets better! Walmart Auntie took her ear off my belly and moved in for a hug. I lifted both my hands in a claw-like manner and groped both her breasts. She screamed and said, “lady you are nutts.” I said, “takes a nutt to know a nut to call a nutt a nutt” then there was laughing and oooooh ing. Then I yelled “stranger danger.”
Honestly I didn’t care if anyone thought I was mean or could have handled it better. I was due in a few days, feeling fat, miserable and in pain. Besides, it was Walmart anything could happen.
And in case you reading this and thinking what the big deal is? The big deal is it’s illegal in PA. So before you go touching random bellies know you could be charged with harassment. And mom’s know your rights and speak up.
Are you Pregnant and Hurting?
Wondering what do pregnant moms do to relieve their Lower Back Pains, Stiff Neck & Swollen Feet?
Eleanor Dukes, Solo-preneur of Trinity Massage Haven is a licensed Massage Therapist, providing relief to your pregnant belly, lower back pains and tired feet. Most Pregnant women use Massage as a natural pain reliever to ease aching backs, sore, swollen ankles, and annoying hip pains. Modern research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Pregnancy involves more preparation than one might initially imagine, my goal is to reduce the stress that accompanies 40 weeks of scheduled doctor visits, birth plan composition, nursery building and design, and even the picking of the baby’s name. The journey to the motherhood can be a difficult one, even for the best-prepared mother.
80% of pregnant women suffer from body aches and pains – a staggering figure. But, while 80% seems high, not all is lost; thanks to proven clinical research that shows how pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.
Pregnancy causes a woman to change dramatically – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. Some of these changes are flat out uncomfortable. Prenatal Massage uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges. Prenatal Massage can:
- Relieve nausea
- Increase circulation and flow of nutrients to the placenta
- Relax the baby-to-be-born with gentle massage
- Improve health of baby and mother by reducing negative impacts of stress on both
- Alleviate muscle pain and joint pain
- Enhance sleep quality and relaxation
- Reduce swelling in the feet and around the ankles
- Hormone Regulation
The bottom line is that expecting a baby is an exciting time, but it can be very stressful as well. Incorporating Pregnancy Massage as part of your Complementary Alternative Medical Care and your Traditional Prenatal Care you will be giving yourself and your baby the absolute best care possible.
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‘I’m 4 months pregnant and feeling all sorts of aches. Eleanor gave an excellent full body massage which relaxed and rejuvenated me! She made sure I was comfortable even when laying on my tummy. I recommend her services to anyone looking for a massage, pregnant or not!” ~ Veronica B
Call Ellie 267-584-3015 to schedule your massage today. Or use the online scheduling option.