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The Art of Aromatherapy

Welcome back, Sharks! Now that syllabus week is over, it’s time to find ways to calm the mind and body – especially before the stress of midterms come around. Rather than loading up on Red Bulls and chocolate, a healthy alternative known as aromatherapy is extremely beneficial for those needing an extra moment of relaxation.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils derived from plants that provide an abundance of healing advantages. According to the National Library of Medicine, the art of aromatherapy has been around for millennia. In 4500 B.C., ancient Egyptians, the pioneers of aromatherapy, used thyme, lavender, grapes, cedar and other aromatic plants to create cosmetics, ointments, incense and perfumes.

The use of aromatherapy has developed significantly over time and is now accessible to anyone. According to Piedmont, when discussing the types of essential oils, there are various amounts that are available and known to alleviate pains and pressures within the human body. For example:

  • Peppermint oil is recommended for headaches, which can be helpful for students needing to rest their minds after a long day of studying.
  • When the weather grows gloomy and becomes more “twilight-esque,” students may benefit from using eucalyptus oil, which is proven to alleviate symptoms of a cold, including a cough, congestion and labored breathing.
  • Another way to support your immunity is by using lavender oil, which contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Essential oils are used in numerous ways, including diffusers, direct contact with the skin (if listed as acceptable) or pouring a few drops in the shower to create a homemade steam room. With this information in mind, students can further explore the world of aromatherapy as a convenient way to de-stress from the chaos of college. Good luck with the semester and don’t forget to take a dip into the benefits of essential oils every once in a while!

Learn more about all thing's aromatherapy at Treats & Tranquility Sept. 20 at the ASI Beach Kitchen! For more information, visit asirecreation.org/calendar.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5694587/#:~:text=Ancient%20Egyptians%20have%20used%20aromatic,perfume%20or%20medicine%20%5B7%5D https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/health-benefits-of-essential-oils

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