Aromatherapy 

Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits. Aromatherapy can be useful in helping lower stress levels. There are certain essential oils which are known to be useful in this area: lavender, rose oil, camomile, frankinsense and vanilla, but really I would suggest trying different ones out to see which works best for you.  
There are various ways of using essential oils but probably the easiest is to use an oil burner. This is a small clay pot with a hole in to place a votive candle at the bottom and a recess in the top for a small amount of water. You simply add a few drops of your essential oil into the water and then light the candle. The candle heats the water which releases the aroma into the atmosphere. Using the same oil burner, instead of using water and essential oils you can use scented wax "tablets" or melts. This is my preferred method. You place the solid wax melt on top of the burner, light the candle and as the wax melts it releases the aroma. These can be re-used a few times before the smell wears out. You can also use essential oils blended with a "carrier oil" and then rub them into your skin (the temples are a good spot). However, you can't use the oils direct on your skin, so be sure to do some research before doing this. 
 
So, next time you are feeling a little stressed, turn down the lights, light a oil burner and relax for a few moments, enjoying the restorative effects of aromatherapy - if nothing else, your house will smell lovely :-) 
 
 
 
 
 
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