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Research shows that aromatherapy can have a powerful impact on your well-being, including your level of pain. “Certain scents activate smell receptors in the nose, which triggers a reaction in the nervous system,” says Julie Chen, MD, an integrative medicine physician in San Jose, Calif. This, in turn, stimulates the part of your brain that controls emotion, triggering the release of hormones such as feel-good dopamine.

Avoid applying the same essential oils every day for lengthy periods of time. The widely recognized and recommended safety method for regular topical application is 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. Rotating the diluted essential oils you use daily every 7-14 days is a good way to reduce the risk of sensitization from overuse and frequent use.

Herbal Body-Care Gifts:
Gifts that pamper the physical form are always welcome treats. Handmade gifts reflect both you and the recipient—they are given not only with that special person in mind but also reflect your thoughtfulness and willingness to spend time on gift- making. They are always more appreciated than simply spending money. These gifts are also made with fresh, safe, and natural ingredients, which is a plus.

Remember that essential oils are plant oils, so beware of allergic reactions, she advises. Reactions could include wheezing, headache or skin rash. Try a small amount of the oil first, and then wait a day before trying more.

The program, which started in March, offers patients both hand massage with lavender lotion and self-inhalers containing lavender (to help reduce anxiety or stress), peppermint or ginger (both lessen nausea) oils. These therapies do not take the place of treatment; it is complementary. “It’s a part of integrative medicine, viewing the patient as a whole,” said Christin Reddy, MSN, RN, OCN, a nurse on one of HUP’s oncology units.

Diffusing also helps with deodorizing and calming my household. During a crazy day with the kids, I diffuse either chamomile, patchouli, lemon, or lavender essential oils. All promote a calm and stress-free environment. In addition, they leave my house smelling clean and inviting.

If sleeplessness has plagued your bed, you are in good company: as many as one in three Americans deal with some sort of chronic sleeplessness at some point in their life. However there may be some simple things you can do to help you drift off into a blissful state of slumber.

If you’re not familiar with essential oils, then it must be surprising to know that essential oils have already been around for thousands of years. They have been used for all different kinds of purposes such as for cosmetics or health reasons. But, the uses of essential oils do not simply stop there, they can be applied to a wide variety of uses.

We prepared four magical essential oil blends to use during the night with your husband this Father’s Day. Before we show you these essential oil blends, let us give you some exciting facts on these essential oils to help you understand why these love potions seem to work like magic.

Before I start, here is a quick fun fact. Did you know that soaking in a bathtub has been proven to give you quick relief from physical and mental stress? It can improve your mood and revitalize your senses to help keep you relaxed and calm. Isn’t that wonderful?