STRESS AND RELAXATION
Stress is anything which may cause a change in the normal balance or equilibrium of the body mentally and physically, e.g., anger, hunger, fear, anxiety, pain, noise, injury, etc. Stress and stress-related illnesses are among the most prevalent health problems of our modern world. At the same time, stress is an essential ingredient in our lives—it is motivating and challenging. It is necessary, however, to recognize how much stress an individual can tolerate without being affected. It is equally important to know what action to take to reduce or eliminate stress or tension, however temporary. This may include a cleansing diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, massage, listening to music, watching television, meditation, creative activities, etc.
Relaxation is the antidote to stress. A number of changes take place in our bodies when we are properly relaxed. Physically the heart rate will decrease and mentally the person will experience calm. Through this method the body's natural equilibrium is restored.
Essential oils are particularly successful in eliminating stress and inducing relaxation, as they are sedative, warming, relaxing, soothing, and calming—without any side effects.
Suggested essential oils: Geranium, lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, marjoram, melissa, clary sage, patchouli, palmarosa, vetiver, nutmeg, anise (star).