How Aromatherapy can help you deal with stress

Reduce end-of-year stress with these tips from registered pharmacist and aromatherapist, Doryce Sher.


This time of year is usually a mad rush of work functions, end-of-year parties and fitting in the last of your children’s school activities.

Registered pharmacist and aromatherapist, Doryce Sher recommends the following to help you reduce your stress levels:

It can wait

Follow the “it can wait” approach at least twice a day. Take a few minutes time out at regular intervals to just relax and breathe.

Take regular breaks

If you’re at the office, push your chair away from your desk every couple of hours. Close your eyes and breathe in aromas (use an aromatic inhaler or inhale from a bottle of oil). Do the same if you’re at home. Take a moment to pause between chores and breathe in aromas, or use a room spray to enhance the aroma in your home.

Bedtime relaxation

Take a shower or relax in a bath with bath oils before heading to bed. Self-massage your feet and hands with soothing aromatherapy foot cream afterwards, and instead of switching on the television or reading on your tablet, meditate for 20 minutes.


Choosing an aromatherapy oil:

Use oils that have a calming effect. The following oils can be used alone or as blends of the same.

  • Geranium
  • Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Spearmint
  • Palmarosa

How to use the oils:

Use inhalers containing a blend of oils, or burn your favourite oil in a burner while breathing deeply.

Absorption via bloodstream

  • Add premixed oils to your bath, or massage your body with the oil before bedtime.
  • Use soaps and body lotions containing calming essential oils.
  • Add bath crystals to your bath or a foot spa.
  • You can also rub a little oil onto your pulse points to inhale while you’re out and about.

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