Mother's Day is coming soon, so take a moment to read up on how to take care of YOU!
Some things have not changed over the generations. Mothers with young children are incredibly busy people. If these mothers are also employed outside the home, it can be incredibly difficult to schedule in some "Me" time. Even moms who don't have outside jobs find that people depend upon them 24/7.
When a busy mom does get the luxury of enjoying some time off, it is important to use it well. Consider the many ways that aromatherapy can help improve a mom's mood and health.
The benefits of relaxation should not be ignored. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that stress can weaken a mom's immune system. Kids tend to get sick frequently, so it is very important to the whole family for a mom to keep herself as healthy as she can.
There are a few different ways to use essential oils and other products to relax and unwind in just a few precious minutes of time. These are some of the most popular example:
Spritzer - For women who always need to rush from A to B, there's always a spritzer of refreshing and relaxing blends. Two suggested essential oils for a relaxation spritzer are jasmine and chamomile. Most recipes call for the oil to get diluted in a base and then poured into a small spray bottle.
Foot bath - What could be more relaxing than soaking feet in a luxurious bath of their very own? Some suggested oils to add sparingly are rose, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and rose. Remember that with essential oils, a little bit goes a very long way.
One suggested recipe is to pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a couple of drops each of rose and lavender essential oil into a pan of warm water that's large enough to comfortable soak feet and ankles.
There are a number of good suppliers who produce their own, all-natural essential oils. They make this product by cold pressing the plants for their oil. It takes a lot of plant material to extract even a small amount of oil, so 100 percent pure products might seem a bit expensive at first.
However, it is important to remember that just a little bit of pure essential oil goes a very long way. Just a couple of drops in a bath should send out delicious fragrance. In fact, moms who haven't used essential oils before would be wise to err on the side of caution and only use a little at first.
It is important to treat these potent oils like medicine, so they have to get put out of children's reach. Some of them smell really good. Even though many of these oils come from edible sources, the oil is not meant to be ingested in its concentrated form. These oils can also cause burns on skin or in eyes, so children need supervision around them at all time.
Also, some essential oils should not be used, even in diluted form, by pregnant moms. Mothers who are expecting or still nursing might ask their doctor about any specific essential oils that she plans to use. There are also a lot of safety guides online that can offer more information.
Done right, aromatherapy works amazingly well. These scents can actually help relieve stress, provide additional energy, and even, help mom take a nap. Because of this, they can help keep mom happier and healthier, and that has positive benefits for the kids and spouse as well!