What is aromatherapy, and how can it make your self-hypnosis sessions much more productive? The key to aromatherapy can be found in the word itself. Certain aromas are used as a therapy to improve mental and physical health. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years.

One of the central ideas of aromatherapy is that the essence of some plant materials, the essential oil, is very potent. Different benefits are delivered depending on the plant this essential oil is taken from. For instance, a lavender essential oil is a well-known stress reliever. Aromatherapy practitioners will place just a few drops in a diffuser that intermittently delivers a fine mist into the atmosphere.

Since this and other essential oils are organic products of nature, your blood-brain barrier sees it as friendly, and it instantly passes into your brain and can positively affect your nervous system. The blood-brain barrier won't allow harmful agents to pass through; it only has this relationship with positive compounds like essential oils, water, and oxygen.

You breathe the lavender aroma that’s in the air, and the sensation of less stress and more peace of mind is nearly instant. How can this help your self-hypnosis practice?

Let's take a look.

Many of the more than 300 essential oils are effective stress relievers.

Many people use self-hypnosis to work on reducing stress and anxiety. Whether listening to an MP3 or guiding yourself, the beginning of a self-hypnosis session is about getting comfortable and reducing stress.

There are many essential oils used for stress relief, such as lavender or chamomile. You can use an electric diffuser to benefit from these stress-relieving oils, or you can mix them with a carrier oil and apply them topically to the body. Most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin.  Just a few drops added to a natural oil, such as coconut or olive oil, then applied to the skin will work well.

When your brain senses certain aromas or smells, it instantly triggers a predictable response. This is why when you smell smoke in an environment where you shouldn't, you can become alarmed. With essential oils, your brain triggers a release of feel-good hormones and chemicals that make you relaxed. They remove stress and anxiety.

Less stress makes you more susceptible to responding favorably in a hypnotic state. Consider getting a diffuser and some stress-relieving, organic essential oils. They can help make your self-hypnosis sessions more productive. You can also receive various additional health benefits that essential oils and aromatherapy have provided for thousands of years.  For instance, citrus essential oils, such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit, are known to lift your mood.

Self-hypnosis can work wonders for your mental and physical health.  Aromatherapy can also improve both your mental and physical health. Using them together can be a powerfully effective tool in helping you bring about the change you desire!

To learn more about the benefits of self-hypnosis, check out our course, Improving Your Life with Self-Hypnosis here.

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