Just like acupuncture, essential oils sometimes seem like a mystery. ("How can applying an oil to my foot help my stomach???") However, they've been used by cultures around the world for thousands of years and are just as useful today. Blogs in this category cover these potent gifts from nature; for more information, you can also check out our essential oils page.
Stress happens whether we like it or not, no matter how much we prepare for it. Having a list of positive activities readily available is key because you'll never know when that stress will strike. We at Beachside Community Acupuncture like to incorporate the physical and mental when we're dealing with stress, as you can see from our list. Involving the body in your stress relief - either through activating different senses with essential oils or by giving it gentle exercise - can not only provide more of a distraction but also influence the brain to rethink how's it's perceiving the stressful situation.
Make a go-to list of stress relievers for yourself - they may be different from ours - and have it around so you know what to do when you feel overwhelmed. That way you won't agitate yourself more trying to figure out how to feel better!
Peppermint has been used as an herb in cultures around the world for hundreds of years. In TCM, "Bo He" can help kick out a cold, clear the head, and promote circulation to relieve stress. In Western herbalism, peppermint supports the digestive system, improves cognitive function, benefits the upper respiratory system, and provides relief to aching muscles.
Why use peppermint essential oil instead of the herb itself? The essential oil is more potent - Young Living's Peppermint oil is as strong as 26 cups of peppermint tea! - and will last longer because while herbs can decay over time, a properly kept bottle of pure essential oil will never expire. Plus, the essential oil can be used internally, topically, or aromatically as is (see below), while the herb would need to be decocted or prepared in some way.
If you're interested in getting started with essential oils, come to one of our classes or visit our sister site LiveOnLavender.com for more information. We sell some oils at our clinic as well - including Peppermint! - so you can take what you've learned and start experimenting immediately.
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