Aromatherapy is nothing new. It dates back more than 5,000 years and is one of the most readily available forms of healing therapies. However, it is highly unlikely you will find the word aromatherapy and man in the same sentence. In fact, many men would draw a blank if you mentioned the word to them. But the truth is, aromatherapy can be of enormous benefit for men in today’s world.
You already use aromatherapy every day
If you’re like most people, you probably take smells for granted, because they are around us every day, everywhere we go.
But you know when you walk past a bakery, and the smell of freshly baked bread, pastries and other goodies wafts up your nostrils, or when you take a country walk and smell the trees, the flowers and the farmyard, that right there is aromatherapy in action.
And, farmyard smells aside, don’t you always feel better when you smell the bread and the flowers.
Scents have the power to take you away from your everyday stresses.
In today’s fast-paced world, many of us are stressed beyond belief. Aside from worry and anxiety, we have demands on our time and energy coming at us from all directions.
Unfortunately, we tend to deal with stress in unhealthy ways; comfort eating, poor diet choices, becoming inactive, smoking, alcohol and even drugs.
Many people suffering from stress are also more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety and depression. And the bad news is, untreated stress can turn into chronic stress, which can lead to a whole host of undesirable side effects:
- Severe irritability and impatience
- Sleep disturbances or insomnia
- Mood swings
- Inability to focus
- Serious fatigue
- Weight gain
- Excessive worrying
- General aches and pains
Stress also takes a physical toll and can weaken your immune system, cause damage to memory cells, as well as increasing the risk of headaches and migraines, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and anxiety.
In fact, studies have shown that 70% of diseases are caused by stress in both body and mind.
Aromatherapy and stress
Aromatherapy, is a therapy that, as the name suggests, uses the aroma of essential oils for healing purposes and improving your sense of well-being, and can help you deal with the stresses you are experiencing. You can access aromatherapy through specially formulated essential oil products, a diffuser, room sprays, cologne, bathing, massages, incense or candles.
Smells have an effect on both your mind and emotions, and can make you feel better about yourself and your situation. They can improve your mood, reduce stress, give you more energy, help you relax and even help you fall asleep more easily.
Lavender is well known for its ability to promote feelings of calm and wellness, as well as helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
But if you’re not keen on lavender, sandalwood is an excellent alternative aroma, especially for men. It has a woody scent and again helps promote feelings of calm.
Aromatherapy & ‘Man flu’
When you’re suffering from a cold, or ‘man flu’, and as crazy as it may sound, essential oils can work wonders in easing the symptoms and help you get back on your feet quickly.
Eucalyptus and mint in combination provide a knockout punch to the nasal passages, and helps clear them so you can breathe easier. And the best way to do this is to steam. Pour some boiling water into a bowl, add a few drops of each essential oil, put your head over the bowl and just breathe. (Make sure you have something, like a tea towel, to cover your head and the bowl, or the steam will just drift off).
Aromatherapy has some amazing benefits, and it’s not just for women. If you can get over the stereotype and give it a try, you may find it helps make your life easier.
After all, smells can affect how you feel. It’s not for nothing that when selling a house we’re encouraged to have baked bread just before any potential viewings!
Have you tried aromatherapy? What did you think?
If you haven’t tried it, would you ever consider giving it a go?
Let us know in the comments below.
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