Lunch and Learn – Summer Session Part Two – Art of Aromatherapy
Taste is about 75% smell. Women are born better smellers than men and remain better smellers over life. In a recent study, men thought women wearing a Citrus Floral scent were 12 pounds lighter! The aroma of Green Apples can help control appetite
What is Aromatherapy? • "Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul." Robert Tisserand • "Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing." Gabriel Mojay
Aromatherapy • Aromatic medicine, now known as the art of aromatherapy, has been a documented practice for as many as 6,000 years. • Egyptians used aromatic plants to create massage oils, medicines, skin care products, perfumes and cosmetics. • Blends pure essential oils that are extracted from plants and trees. • Combines art & science.
Essential Oils • Essential oils which are the pure "essence" of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely. • Perfume oils and fragrances contain unnatural chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
The Benefit of an "Aroma" • Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs are believed to offer both psychological and physical benefits. • The aroma of the natural essential oil stimulates the brain to trigger a reaction. • The natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can also supply physical benefit.
Common Types of Aromatherapy • Cosmetic Aromatherapy - use of essential oils in hair and skin creams. • Medical Aromatherapy - uses the knowledge of the effect of essential oils on health when treating clinically diagnosed medical conditions.
Common Types of Aromatherapy • Psycho-Aromatherapy - uses essential oils to bring about certain emotional states and moods, whether the desired feeling be relaxation, invigoration or a pleasant memory. • Aromatherapy Massage - combining aromatherapy with massage for relaxation.
Common Treatment Techniques • Direct Application – The technique entails adding a few drops of the oil to a carrier oil, like vegetable oil or safflower oil. This is spread over the body, often through the medium of a massage. Some oils are used specifically for their therapeutic effects on certain parts of the body (rosemary oil to relieve joint and muscle pain, for instance).
Common Treatment Techniques • Inhalation - methods for this technique include adding a few drops of the desired essential oil to boiling water and breathing in the therapeutic steam, or putting a few drops in a handkerchief and tucking it under your pillow, and simply holding the oil bottle 6 to 8 inches from your nose and inhaling.
Common Treatment Techniques • Aromatherapy Bathing - involves adding oils to a bath—this allows them to seep into the skin. For the best benefit, add 8 to 15 drops of oil after the water has stopped running.
Stress • High pressure work environments now the norm. • Estimated cost of stress in US exceeds $100 billion in the workplace, due to increased health care costs, loss of productivity, and absenteeism. • Stress that cannot be avoided must be managed.
Stress - the “nonspecific response of the body to any demands made upon it.” (Hans Selye) Stressor – any physical, psychological, or social condition that initiates the stress response, and can be either positive or negative. Stress
General Adaptation Syndrome Alarm – “fight or flight” response • brain perceives stressor results in an emotional reaction • pupils dilate • heart rate increases • muscles tense Resistance - body meets the perceived challenge via strength, endurance, sensory capacities & acuity • hormone secretions regulate the body’s response • short term stress uses a superficial energy level • long term stress may result in loss of adaptation Exhaustion - when stressors become chronic, exhaustion is reached • energy stores have been depleted & rest must occur • extreme or chronic cases of exhaustion can become so pronounced that death can occur
Chronic Stress • Long-term stress that occurs when a person is continually in a stress-response condition. • Can lead to illness or even death. • Increases risk for CV disease, hypertension, eating disorders, ulcers, diabetes, and cancer.
Physical Effects • Increased susceptibility to illness • Chronic high blood pressure • Ulcers • Headaches and migraines, backaches, and body pains • Diarrhea, heartburn, gastritis, inflammation of the pancreas • Exacerbation of acne, psoriasis, herpes, hives, and eczema • Infertility
Emotional Effects • Loneliness, depression, feelings of hopelessness • Irritability • Anger, hostility, violence • Disorganization • Conflicts • Mood swings • Sleep problems
Behavioral Effects • Alcohol abuse • Drug abuse • Excessive smoking • Disordered eating • Compulsive behaviors • Ineffective use of work/leisure time • Overreaction to mild work pressure
Stress Management • Lifestyle Techniques • Time Management • Cognitive Restructuring • Relaxation Techniques
Lifestyle Techniques for Managing Stress • Social Support • Communication Skills • Healthy Diet • Adequate Sleep • Regular Exercise
Identify “time killers” by keeping a daily log of activities. Set short-term and long-term goals Identify and prioritize immediate goals Use a daily planner to organize and simplify Conduct nightly audits Time Management
Cognitive Restructuring How Can you Change the Way you Think About Stress? • Don’t worry about things you can’t control • Regain control: problem solve & ID solutions • Reasonable expectations • Sense of humor • Flexibility with self & others
Relaxation Techniques • Progressive relaxation • Visualization or Imagery • Mediation • Deep Breathing • Biofeedback • Aromatherapy
Line of products to lift the mind, body and spirit and help you embrace the day in a natural way. • Formulated with Arbonne’s proprietary, essential oil blends. • Lotions, gels, scrubs, mists, oils, bath salts. • Awaken, reactivate, rewind
Awaken • Yellow – color of the sun, represents awakening of the senses, aromas that are full of life. • Essential oil blend – Lemon (vitality & awareness) & coriander (uplifts spirit & senses) • Additional botanicals – Kukui (sooths & softens skin), birch (antiseptic, anti-irritant, tones skin, promotes circulation), sunflower ( moisturizes & conditions)
The exfoliating action of this sea salt scrub sloughs away dead surface cells revealing brighter, healthier-looking skin Key Ingredients: Avocado (soothes & softens) and sweet almond extract (emollient, lubricant) Awaken Sea Salt Scrub
Refreshing body mist designed to hydrate and invigorate skin. Key Ingredients: birch extracts, Clover (soothes), & ginseng (increases stamina, vitality, reduces stress) Awaken Rejuvenating Mist
A luxurious, botanically-based bath and shower gel formulation that cleanses without drying, leaving skin smooth, softened and conditioned. Key Ingredients: Orchid extracts (moisturizes), kukui and green tea oils (exfoliates & soothes) Awaken Bath & Shower Gel
Wake up to a bright new day with this rich moisturizer and conditioner to uplift and refresh skin and senses. Key Ingredients: Orchid, nettle (stimulates & softens) and aloe (moisturizes & protects) extracts, sunflower and safflower oils (emollients) Awaken Body Lotion
Reactivate • Red – the color of instant reaction, stimulates and reactivates your mood to help you break loose from the lull of the day. • Invigorates the body & inspires the mind. • Essential Oil Blend – a blend of nutmeg (helps lift spirits) & patchouli (soothes the senses)
A rich, invigorating lotion that eases dry skin and stimulates senses. Key ingredients: Lavender, horse chestnut and green tea extracts, vitamins A,C, & E Reactivate Body Lotion
The revitalizing, botanically-based all over mist designed to hydrate the skin while imparting aromatherapeutic Key ingredients: cucumber, ginseng and clover extracts Reactivate Rejuvenating Mist
Unwind • Blue – the color of soothing waters, reflects calmness in the unwind products. • Essential Oil Blend – mixed with ylang ylang & chamomile (calms, reduces response to irritation) allowing release of tension.
A gentle massage with this vitamin-enriched, aromatherapy lotion and you'll naturally drift away from the business of the day. Key ingredients: safflower, sunflower & sage oils, calendula, rose, and aloe extracts Unwind Body Lotion
Unwind from the stress of the day in a bath or shower enhanced with unwind cleansing gel. Key ingredients: white oak and balm mint extracts, safflower oil. Unwind Bath & Shower Gel
The calming, botanically-based all over mist designed to hydrate the skin while imparting aromatherapeutic benefits. Key ingredients: birch, watercress, cucumber and clover extracts Unwind Rejuvenating Mist
The calming and soothing effects of these products help to release the stresses of the day while moisturizing skin. Key ingredients: salts, olive, grape, passion fruit, and jojoba oils. Unwind Bath Salts & Massage Oil