I know during certain times and days I can feel my cortisol level revving much too high.
Can you feel when you are stressed?
In my case, it’s a sensitivity whereby I am too jittery and it’s not the coffee. And it’s not lust. That’s a different pit in the stomach sensation.
Believe it or not I know of a lot of people who aren’t in touch with their body and don’t know they are out of balance. Until they’re flat out sick, at the doctor’s, or hospital.
An overload of stress can give a person symptoms such as excessive craving for junk food, nervous stomach, poor sleep, weight gain, headaches, sex drive takes a dive, mood swings, and too many other indications.
Keep in mind that a higher cortisol aka the stress hormone is basically public enemy number one.
We need to get a grip on a technique to ease cortisol level back into balance.
It’s all about stress management. And lifestyle changes.
Less stress allows us to function so much healthier and to make better decisions regularly. Unquestionably, we enjoy life more.
There are many natural holistic avenues to follow to get your equilibrium.
In this article today, I talk about one of my favourite easy techniques.
The Aromatherapy Quick Fix
Here is one strategy to deal with the cortisol level nemesis.
When an episode occurs, I need to stop the progression of a stress spiral downward. I want to signal myself that I am calm or at least calmer within.
I recommend starting by choosing a fragrance.
What is called a singular note. One smell. Find a pure product. There are many stores worldwide that carry these single notes that come in small bottles of about 15 ml.
What smell do you resonate to?
Basically, aroma fragrances are divided into these categories: floral, citrus, and woodsy/spicy.
Citrus fragrances include:
Woodsy/spicy fragrances include:
I love them and use them all, even though I gravitate more towards woodsy/spicy. I know by experience that the other floral and citrus scents will heal me as well. And so I rotate my choices and find new favourites.
I am leaving out the fragrances that are medicinal because I recommend at this time to use relaxing and sedative oils.
Disclaimer: proceed with caution if you are pregnant, have allergies to specific essential oils, or have sensitive skin.
Modern life is busy and demanding and by adding aromatherapy into your lifestyle you’ll instantly relieve some of your stress and pressures.
How to use aromatherapy oils
Transdermal – through your skin
We’re always told not to apply any pure essential oil directly onto our skin. Stay true to this but make one teeny tiny small revision.
You may use one or two drops only of an oil directly on to the top of your hand. Not more. Promise?
Location specific is near to the hoku point. That is the point in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that acupuncturists and shiatsu therapists use to treat headaches and is excellent for soothing and calming.
The hoku point is on the back of the hand in the webbing where the thumb and index finger meet. No need to be exact. Be in the general area.
Carefully drop or shake out one or two drops on to the top of your hand.
Now you can simply lift your hand to your face for a sniff. And if you’re in bed at night it’s very easy to get a whiff.
If you see me at the computer sniffing my hand – now you know why 🙂
By the way, there are aromatherapy small size rollers that are easy to use and pop in your purse or briefcase. These have aroma already blended with a base oil. You’ll have to shop around and experiment because I find some are good and others the quality doesn’t last long.
Also there’s many other gimmicks over time – such as aromatherapy pens.
What you may like to check out are the various aromatherapy jewelry products.
Drizzle one to four drops of your essential oil of choice on to a tissue or a clean handkerchief. It’s possible to place in a plastic baggie and seal tight. Then put somewhere you can access easily.
This option for instance, is very useful for work and all public places. Who can possibly know what you’re up to? Unless you use too much oil and everyone in the vicinity wonders where the smell is coming from.
And who cares?
Put one to four drops of essential oil on to the edge of your pillow. Above all, it’s important is to remember to only use the calming oils.
How does it work?
Aromatherapy is user-friendly because it is a natural therapeutic system assisting the body’s ability to balance, regulate, and heal itself. Particularly, here we are addressing the excessive cortisol level.
Aromatherapy works down to the cellular level. The fragrance enters the blood stream by the olfactory receptors or transdermal and goes to the limbic system – the portion of our brain that controls memories.
Your brain will now release certain chemicals within your sympathetic nervous system to allow you to relax.
I have used aromatherapy successfully throughout my life. Personally, it has helped me with stress, happiness, menopause, as a room deodorizer, sensual encounters, and other circumstances.
What’s not to love?
Less Stress = More Peace and Happiness
Aromatherapy is one of my most favorite tools – I would love to get you involved with using it regularly. This article only scratched the surface of the capabilities.
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