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How to Reduce Stress with Aromatherapy

Watch more How to Relieve Stress videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to reduce stress with aromatherapy using these helpful tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Consult your physician or a qualified aromatherapist before using aromatherapy because some oils may cause allergic reactions, and are not advisable for pregnant women or those with asthma, high blood pressure, or epilepsy. Step 1: Choose an oil Choose an essential oil like lavender, vanilla, citrus, or others known to reduce stress. These oils work through the body's ability to link the olfactory experience and brain responses. Tip Experiment with aromas until you find what works best for you. Step 2: Select delivery method Select a delivery method for your aromatherapy experience -- choosing massage, diffusion, or inhalation. Step 3: Shake together Shake together up to 10 drops of essential oil and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil before massaging it into the skin. Step 4: Enjoy via inhalation Enjoy the power of aromatherapy to diminish stress via inhalation by placing a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball or tissue and setting it near you for up to two hours. Tip Use aromatic plant oils sparingly. Step 5: Burn a candle Burn a candle until you have a pool of wax near the wick. Extinguish the candle and add a few drops of essential oil, and then relight the candle to diffuse aromas. Tip Enhance relaxation by listening to soothing music while you enjoy aromatherapy. Step 6: Activate a diffuser Enjoy the benefits of an aromatherapy fan diffuser or vaporizer. Insert a cotton pad treated with a few drops of essential oil into the diffuser, and activate the diffuser. Step 7: Add to bath Add up to six drops of essential oil to your bath water, or three drops to a basin of hot water to reduce stress. Step 8: Prepare for sweet dreams Prepare for sweet dreams by placing three drops of a relaxing essential oil onto your pillow at bedtime. Now, let your stress fade away and enjoy a restful night's sleep. Did You Know? Lavender was valued by Romans and other ancient cultures for its aromatic qualities.
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