Everything You Don’t Know About Eye Allergies

Are you familiar with all of the unpleasant signs of allergies? If you are one of the millions of people who are affected by allergies, this list of symptoms should appear only too familiar:

Sneezing
Congestion
Runny nose
Sore throat
Itchy, burning and watery eyes

Often the most irritating symptom on this list is the last one – the red, weepy, burning eyes that are often a result of exposure to an allergen.

It can be embarrassing when you start to “cry” in front of a new acquaintance because of your allergies – but the truth is that this may not be the worst that eye allergies has in store. The tears that cause make-up or pride to run can cause other concerns. The blurred vision associated with watering or mucous produced by irritated eyes can turn you into a safety hazard on the road. For some of the most severe cases, there is a chance that eye allergies can threaten your eyesight permanently.

The itchy, burning sensation that causes your eyes to water should not be confused with the tears that come from allergy-related sinus pressure. When your head feels “stuffed up” sometimes the pressure affects the almond-sized glands above your eyes that produce tears. This pressure causes your eyes to start flowing. Eye allergies are very different that the tears caused by sinus pressure. People with eye allergies will also experience redness and irritation, which is often described as a burning, itching or tired sensation.

So how can you be sure that you have eye allergies? If you do have this condition, what can you do to curb the burn and tearfulness? The information in article should give you a fighting chance when it comes to overcoming eye allergies.

Know Your Enemy

Eye allergy (more formally called ocular allergy) affects the thin tissue (known as the conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye as well as the insides of the eye lids. This tissue acts as a barrier to protect your eyes from invading particles, microbes and other debris. Another player in ocular allergies is the tear gland. Tears aren’t simply made up of water – they actually contain important immune defense substances, like immunoglobulin (antibodies), lymphocytes (specialized white blood cells) and enzymes. When airborne allergens collide with your eyes, an allergic reaction is kicked off in the conjunctiva which causes itching and burning, red color and swelling.

Once the eye is irritated by contact with pollen or pet dander or some other allergy trigger, your tear glands do their best to flush the offensive allergen from the eyes. This attempt to flush irritants out of the eye is what causes your eyes to flood with tears. The irony of eye allergies is that your body is trying to protect you– but it accidentally is making you feel miserable in the process!

How are eye allergies different than other allergies?

Eye allergies are actually the same as any other type of allergies. The tissues that make up the allergy-sensitive areas of your eyes are very similar to the tissues in your nose and throat. Eye allergies often co-exist with other allergic conditions like hay fever (nasal allergies) and even eczema (skin allergies). The biggest difference between eye allergies and any other type of allergy is the way that the allergen comes in contact with you.

There are a couple of ways for allergens to find their way into your eyes:

Airborne allergens can enter the eyes by simply walking into an area where the source of the allergen is located
Another common way for allergens to enter your eyes is by simply rubbing or touching the area around your eyes with your hands. Sometimes rubbing your eyes after they start burning just helps to spread more allergens to the area.

Nasal allergies are almost always triggered by inhaling airborne allergens like pollen or animal dander. People with allergic eyes often have a strong family or personal history of allergies– and most likely are going to experience eye allergy symptoms before the age of 30.

Two common types of eye allergies:

Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC)
Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis (PAC)

The main difference between these two common forms of ocular allergy is their timing.

You have Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (PAC) if you:

Usually have symptoms for a short period of time.
Are bothered by the spring tree pollen, or in the summer by grass pollen, or in the fall by weed pollen.
Generally have period during the year where your symptoms completely disappear – usually this occurs in the winter.

You have Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis (PAC) if you:

Have symptoms that last throughout the year.
Are bothered by indoor allergens like dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander
Find that seasonal outdoor allergies worsen your eye allergies if you are sensitive to them as well.

Here Are Some Common Allergen Triggers for Eyes:

Pollen
Grass
Weeds
Dust
Pet hair or dander
Some medicines or cosmetics

There are also some elements that irritate eyes but are not actually considered to be allergens:

Cigarette smoke
Perfume
Diesel Exhaust

Symptoms of Eye Allergies:

Redness
Tearing
Burning sensation
Blurred vision
Mattering and/or mucous production
Swelling of the eye

When Should You Seek Medical Care?

Some people find that it is easy to pinpoint the exact cause of their allergies and avoid the triggers completely (i.e. if allergic to pets, refraining from petting them or keeping no pets yourself). But, if you are unable to indentify the source of your reactions – or simply cannot avoid contact, you should see an ophthalmologist (a doctor who specializes in conditions and care of the eyes).

If you have SAC, you may want to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist before the season when your eye allergies flare up. This way, you can start some sort of treatment or prevention program before you begin feeling symptoms.

If you have PAC, you may want to routinely have appointments with your ophthalmologist to make sure that your eye allergies are being monitored. Occasional flare-ups will make it necessary to keep your eye doctor up to date with your condition. You may also want to consult an allergist (a doctor who specializes in allergic diseases, like nasal allergies and allergic asthma).

Important Questions for You to Ask Your Doctor:

Is there a specific cause of my eye allergies? Can it be identified?
How can I reduce my symptoms or control occasional flare-ups?

These are two important questions that will help to determine whether you can better avoid contact with your trigger allergen or find some sort of treatment to alleviate the irritation.

Conditions Often Confused with Eye Allergies

Here are a few conditions that can commonly be confused with ocular allergies:

Dry Eye: Reduced tear production (or “dry eyes”) is a condition that is frequently confused with allergies. The main symptoms of reduced tear production are burning, grittiness or the sensation of “something in the eye”. Most people with dry eyes are over the age of 65. This condition will definitely be worsened by the use of oral antihistamines (regardless of age of patient), sedatives and b-blocker medications.
Tear Duct Obstruction: This is caused when an obstruction – or blockage – forms in the tear duct passage that travels from the eyes to the nasal cavity. Most people with tear duct obstruction are elderly. The primary symptom is watery eyes with none of the itching or burning that is associated with allergy eyes.
Conjunctivitis Due to Infection: Infections in the eye are caused by bacteria or viruses. In bacterial infections, the eyes are often bright red and after periods of being closed, the eye lids stick together (especially in the morning). Discolored mucous is often seen (so-called “dirty eyes”). Viral infections cause only slight redness and a glassy appearance in the eyes. Some eye viruses are spread very easily, by either direct contact (from eye to hand to hand to eye) or in contaminated swimming pools. For all of these conditions, it is recommended that you see your primary care doctor immediately.

Testing and Treatment

The best was to determine whether you have eye allergies or not is by visiting your ophthalmologist. A doctor can check for the signs usually associated with the condition. In most cases, this involves using a specialized microscope called a stilt lamp. When examining your eyes with the stilt lamp, the ophthalmologist is looking for dilated blood vessels, conjunctival swelling and eyelid swelling. These are all the usual signs of an allergic reaction in the eye and surround tissue.

On rare occasions, the ophthalmologist with carefully scrape the surface of the conjunctiva. The goal is to check tiny cells removed for traces of eosinophils. Eosinophils are cells commonly tied to severe cases of allergies.

For those with mild to moderate eye allergies, there is a list of over the counter as well as prescription drugs available. Most medicines come in the form of eye drops, which are usually an effective treatment that have little or no systemic side effects. Most drops are used only twice a day. Some of the most common brands prescribed are:

Nedocromil (Alocril)
Ketotifen (Zaditor)
Olopatadine (Patanol)
Azelastine (Optivar)
Pemirolast (Alamast)
Epinastine (Elestat)

For more severe cases, your ophthalmologist may recommend using a topical ophthalmic corticosteroid. Older forms of corticosteroids can cause side effects when used over a long period of time. The newer forms of corticosteroids have much less risk associated with them. Some of the most common brands of topical ophthalmic corticosteroids are:

Loteprednol 0.02% (Alrex)
Loteprednol 0.05% (Lotemax)
Prednisolone (AK-Pred)
Rimexolone (Vexol)
Medrysone (HMS)
Fluorometholone (FML, FML Forte, FML Liquifilm)

Home Care

Whether you make an appointment with your eye doctor or decide that you can suffer through the brief seasonal flare-ups, here are some tips to help you help yourself.

Avoidance of Allergen Triggers:

Reduce the number of places where allergens can lurk in your home by limiting the number of knick-knacks, pillows, dust ruffles, curtains and canopies in your home. All of these are the favorite collecting places of dust and other allergens like dust mites and pollen.
Follow the prescribed method of reducing nasal allergens in your home – the same things that trigger nasal allergies and allergic asthma will affect your eyes as well. So, if you are allergic to dust mites, consider getting a dust mite-proof mattress cover and bedding. Eliminate water leaks or excess condensation if you are allergic to mold spores. There are a number of resources to help you remove allergens from your environment, like AirQualityTips.com and Allergizer.com.
Avoid pet dander – this means staying away from animals, but also being cautious about dander that may spread onto your clothing or hands while visiting a friend with pets, sitting in a chair where a pet usually sleeps, etc.
Use a high quality filters in your furnace and air conditioning units like those made by Dynamic Air Quality Systems. You might even want to consider using a bedroom sized allergy air filter for your room. Just remember to change the filters regularly – you can even mark it on your calendar to remind yourself.

Ease Allergic Reactions at Home:

Do not rub your eyes. This is the most natural reaction to the itchiness you might feel in your eyes, but by rubbing your eyes, you are stirring up the irritation even more. Also, the hand-to-eye contact may actually introduce more allergens to your eyes. Remember: do not to rub your eyes during an allergic reaction, because this will actually cause more irritation.
Splash your face with water if you are starting to feel like your eyes are getting itchy. The water will actually help rinse allergens off of your face and away from your eyes.
If you sense that you have come into contact with allergens or start to feel your eyes burn, use artificial tears/lubricating drops to flush allergens out of your eyes.
Apply cold compressed to your eyes to reduce the swelling and irritation caused by the allergic reaction.

Alternative Energy Sources, What Can the Elements Do for You?

Why would anybody need alternative energy sources? You are probably thinking, “I have electricity coming from the wall socket and it works just fine”. Well there are a couple reasons you should have some type of backup energy source. Think about this: as we all know, the power at your home can and will go out from time to time. It may only be for ten minutes, but depending on the situation, it could be quite a bit longer. There also may be a time that the power goes out indefinitely because of a disaster, social collapse or overuse of resources. Having alternative energy sources for your home can keep you from having to throw out all the food in your freezer and refrigerator because of a power outage. In addition, you can keep the luxuries-such as, microwaves, freezers, refrigerators, computer and phone chargers, televisions, etc.-that you use on a daily basis running. Alternative energy sources are also great if you plan on camping. RVs are already equipped with alternative energy sources that don’t need to be hooked up to incoming electricity. This article will provide a starting point and introduction to the types of alternative energy sources currently available. The sources I will discuss are gas/diesel generators, solar power, wind power, water or hydro power, wood gasifiers for powering gas engines, and batteries to store this power.

Gas/Diesel Generators

The first of the alternative energy sources is gas/diesel generators. Generators are very widely used and can be quite inexpensive and efficient. They are used by campers and RV owners. A generator works in essentially the same way a car’s engine spins the alternator to provide electricity to the car. In a generator, that energy, provided by the generator’s alternator, is then converted to the correct voltage to power household appliances. The benefits of generators include their cost efficiency, their mobility, and their easy maintenance. Some of the downsides of generators are that they must have gasoline or diesel to power them and, depending on the model, they can be noisy.

Solar Power

This is one of the alternative energy sources that uses a completely renewable resource. As long as the sun is still shining and your solar cells are functioning, you will have power coming from them. Solar cells are also known as photovoltaic cells. The cells absorb rays from the sun, which in turn react with the metals in the cell to provide electricity. This type of alternative energy source is beneficial because it uses no other fuel besides sunlight. Additionally, there is no maintenance involved. The downside to solar cells is that they can be quite expensive. Also, if there is no sunlight, there will be no electricity. Furthermore, the electricity must be stored in a battery and does not provide continuous power. Finally, if just a small area of a solar cell is damaged, it can drastically reduce the electrical output.

Wind Power

The third source of the alternative energy sources is wind power. There are predominantly two uses of windmills. At one point, they were used exclusively for pumping water out of a well. More recently, they have been used to produce electricity and have been termed wind generators. This is because they work like a generator, but instead of an engine turning the alternator, it uses the wind’s power. Wind generators have propellers that are attached to the alternator. When wind is present, it spins the propeller as well as the alternator. The benefits of wind power are similar to solar power in that it uses no fuel. Also wind generators or windmills can be pretty easily designed and made by hand. Wind generators also have drawbacks, however. If there is not enough wind to power the propellers and alternators, they won’t provide much electricity. They are also usually fixed in one location, large and therefore difficult to move, and are very conspicuous.

Water Power

Hydro power is much like wind power, one of the other alternative energy sources. Hydro power provides electricity with the use of turbines. Flowing water runs over a turbine, which then turns the turbine and the alternator. The benefits of hydro power are that no fuel is necessary to power it. In addition, it can provide quite a bit of power. The problem with hydro power is that the water mills are generally bulky and large, and if the water source powering the water mills dries up or has low flow, the power will cease.

Wood Power

One of the least used alternative energy sources, but also one of the coolest alternative energy sources is a wood gasifier. This energy source does not actually provide electrical energy; it provides the energy that is needed to power an engine. This can then turn an alternator producing electricity. A wood gasifier uses the energy stored in wood to provide a wood fuel. It also has a section where wood chips are smoldered to release a gas. This gas is full of tar and other things that are bad for engines so the gas is then filtered. At this point, the gas is safe to be used in combustion engines. The benefit of wood gasifiers is that they can power gas generators as well as vehicles. Wood gasifiers are also quite easy to make and very inexpensive. The problems with them are that it doesn’t produce actual electricity, but rather fuel. Realistically, this would not be a problem if you are looking for an alternative fuel source. Another possible problem is that you must have wood chips, which means you must either chop the wood into small pieces or chip it.

Storage and usage are necessary components of alternative energy sources. You want to ensure that the power is compatible with 120 volt devices. The best way to store the electrical energy is with a battery bank. These batteries are usually automotive deep cycle type batteries. Many times batteries are wired in parallel to give a higher capacity to allow for longer use than a single battery. An inverter is then needed to convert the electricity into the correct voltage to power household appliances.

The alternative energy sources industry is huge and this article barely scratches the surface. Using all these alternative energy sources together can help you to become more self sufficient, lower your electric bill or even allow you to live completely off the electrical grid.

Anti Aging – What is it and How Can You Benefit From It?

The new medical specialty of anti-aging is the fastest growing specialty of medicine!

More and more aging people just like you and me are now wanting to halt or even reverse the signs and symptoms of aging, and to enjoy a longer and more youthful life. And now this has most certainly become possible!

Anti-aging goes way beyond botox, organic skin care products, face creams, or a relaxing spa treatment. It is more than merely trying to achieve younger looking skin and a nice external complexion. While a nice healthy looking skin is important it is not what true anti-aging is all about.

Anti-aging medicine

Anti-aging medicine is about extending the human lifespan and also about adding youthfulness and health to those extended years. Real anti-aging involves a combination of medical technologies and therapies used for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related disability and disease.

Anti-aging is not fiction or fantasy, it is now a reality as more and more people are now understanding that anti-aging is now an accepted medical specialty that will only continue to grow as advanced in medicine continue that will allow you to throw away all those useless skin care products for good!

Anti-aging program

I believe that a true anti-aging program should address all the causes of aging – physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual, and should include a complete holistic approach to halt and reverse these causes.

I strongly believe that the first step towards any anti-aging program should be a complete whole body detoxification. This in my mind is the key to complete health and anti-aging.

Without a whole body detoxification, you can take all the anti-aging products, natural skincare products, and use all the latest high tech anti-aging medicine and supplements you like, but you will not achieve complete health or true long term anti-aging.

International anti-aging

The growing field of anti-aging is now becoming truly international as now our aging population is looking for solutions to their problem of growing old and weak and sick. Who wants to grow old and slowly watch their body and mind deteriorate? No one is the answer of course!

As we age the levels of hormones in our body decline at a rapid rate – which then leads to the signs and symptoms of aging.

This combined with a body that is full of toxins and chemicals, rapidly leads to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual deterioration and aging, often at an alarmingly rapid rate.

A body full of toxins and chemicals (which in our toxic world is a very common scenario) will sooner than later begin to develop degenerative disease and illness which will further amplify the aging process.

Unless a complete whole body detoxification program is commenced immediately, the outlook I believe will be quite poor, no matter what anti-aging program or hormone replacement program is initiated.

Dr Theodore is an Australian Medical Doctor now living in Asia.

His Major Specialties are; Anti Aging Medicine, Whole Body Detoxification, Natural Health and Healing, Male Enhancement, Ozone Therapy, Fat Loss and Body Re-Sculpting, Exercise With Oxygen Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Life Coaching, Meditation and Spiritual Guidance.

He has trained in Australia and also in the USA (Boston, Chicago, LA) and Europe. He is the Founder of the Asian Society of Anti Aging Medicine (ASOAAM), and a Member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine and the World Anti Aging Academy of Medicine.

Immediate Anxiety Relief – A Natural Technique to Stop Panic Attacks and General Anxiety Fast!

The anxiety is just too much to bear, so she skips the first day of class to avoid the possibility of having to introduce herself in class. Anxiety is your body’s way of alerting you that some kind of action is needed in the face of a situation that is perceived to be threatening or dangerous.

Therefore, anxiety can be useful or adaptive whenever it prompts you to take appropriate action in response to an anxiety-provoking situation. Anxiety is probably the most basic of all emotions. Not only is it experienced by all humans, but anxiety responses have been found in all species of animals right down to the sea slug.

Exposure to the feared social situations almost always causes significant anxiety, even a panic attack despite the fact that the anxiety is seen as excessive and unreasonable. This belief may lead to avoidance of such situations or endurance under extreme distress, leading to marked interference in the person’s functioning and routine. If your anxiety is a reaction to a single, isolated event – the shot the doctor is about to give you, for example – your anxiety level will decrease and your symptoms will disappear after the event.

If your anxiety is caused by friction between you and your mother-in-law, you’re likely to experience anxiety for a period of time before and after you see her. If you are in business the cost of Anxiety is incalculable. This fear could cost you tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars over your career.

Yet the nature of the anxiety is still unclear. It is associated with a poor response to psychostimulant medication treatment, and alternative pharmacotherapy approaches have been suggested. Anxiety is often accompanied by physical changes and behaviors similar to those caused by fear. Anxiety is not a normal response to stress though stress, if it continues long enough, can lead to anxiety. There are many kinds of stresses in our lives, many of them unavoidable.

According to the cognitive perspective, the most effective way to deal with the anxiety is to transform the anxiety into fear. Then one will know exactly what is bothering them. Anxiety is a problem when our body reacts as if there is danger when there is no real danger. It’s like having an overly sensitive smoke alarm system in your body! Research indicates that generalized anxiety is fully treatable and can be successfully overcome over the course of about three to four months if the person is motivated and works toward recovery.

Because test anxiety hinges on fear of negative evaluation, debate exists as to whether test anxiety is itself a unique anxiety disorder or whether it is a specific type of social phobia. Test anxiety is not caused by the test but rather by the meaning that the individual attaches to the test.

If you mentally tell yourself that you are not going to do well or that you have not studied enough, then you will have an emotional reaction that is consistent with that message. Anxiety is a multisystem response to a perceived threat or danger. It reflects a combination of biochemical changes in the body, the patient’s personal history and memory, and the social situation.

Anxiety is an emotion that sends our mind into the future. After all, nobody is anxious about the past, right? As an ex sufferer I know exactly what anxiety is and how it could interfere with living a normal life. I also know that there is a cure for anxiety that doesn’t require addictive medication. Performance anxiety is caused by the ways you think and feel.

However, many seniors avoid seeking treatment for these disorders, because they feel that the anxiety is normal � “I’ve had it all my life, it’s a part of me.”. Performance Anxiety is most commonly experienced as a fear of public speaking. However, people whose career or other interests require them to take the “stage” for other purposes, i.e., actors, musicians, athletes, etc., will experience stage fright as an impairment of their own particular activity.

Anxiety is a generalized mood condition that occurs without an identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which occurs in the presence of an observed threat.

Knowing the difference between heart attack and anxiety is crucial. Many people have mistaken anxiety as a heart attack. Put simply, anxiety is fear. It’s normal to feel scared before a big event. If fear and anxiety is an ongoing problem in your life, schedule a regular time each week to talk with someone.

The physiological arousal we experience as anxiety is directly related to fear of harm. When we are faced with a threat to our physical well-being that can result in either serious physical harm or death, we respond psychologically and physically. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.

It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. This is because one way to beat anxiety is to let yourself suffer anxiety attacks while developing a passive attitude. This can work but it takes persistence and patients.

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Some fears and worries are justified, such as worry about a loved one or in anticipation of taking a quiz, test, or other examination. The term social anxiety is also commonly used in reference to experiences such as embarrassment and shame.

However some psychologists draw distinctions among various types of social discomfort, with the criterion for anxiety being anticipation. For me, Anxiety is basically a list of article ideas and pitches to send out when I have time. You could really use it for any kind of list, though.

Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension. Normally anxiety can be useful, helping us to avoid dangerous situations, making us alert and giving us the motivation to deal with problems. At the other end of the continuum, too little anxiety is grounded in contentment. When we feel too little anxiety, we avoid change, value the status quo, and believe everything will continue to be O.K.

Anxiety is one of the most common yet underdiagnosed mental health problems of Americans; as many as 20% of people seeking primary care have symptoms of treatable anxiety disorders. Untreated anxiety Increases costly visits to urgent care.

Anxiety is a common ailment in our society. However, the drugs available to treat mild-to-moderate anxiety, particularly benzodiazepines, are problematic because they can cause injury, produce side-effects, and create dependence. During the debriefing everything but anxiety is permitted.

Laughter and tears came out, but as soon as individuals began to show anxiety, usually manifesting itself in hyperventilation, then they were made to stop and breathe. Anxiety is usually triggered by a situation that involves a decision or judgement; tests and exams are common precursors of anxiety in educational settings.

He also pointed out that anxiety is linked to a special state of preparedness: it looks as if the subject is defending himself against some horror with the help of anxiety. Anxiety is a old habit pattern that my body responds to. I am going to calmly and nicely change this old habit. Generalized or “free-floating” anxiety is distinguished from phobia because it is not triggered by a specific object or situation.

Notice there are multiple places where library anxiety is common: initiation, sometimes selection, exploration, and collection. The important thing to remember is that anxiety is very common among people seeking information. If not it’s likely that your anxiety is inappropriate. Later we’ll look at ways of combating anxiety but for now it’s enough just to learn how to recognize it. Pooch1:

Anxiety is a debilitating experience that can leave you feeling alone and helpless. Childrens’ anxiety is especially traumatic as they are not able to discern fears that are able to be overcome.

Again, do not take stimulants if anxiety is your problem! In fact, be sure to cut back or eliminate caffeine, decongestants and any other type of stimulant you may be exposed to. Another serious type of anxiety is chronic anxiety, which is often defined compared to panic attacks as less serious but more generalized.

There are many people that feel a vague sense of anxiety which never reaches the intensity level of a panic attack. When performers are on stage, their anxiety is channeled into focused energy. Practice taking sample tests with your study team, and you should be more confident during the actual test.

Anxiety is a very treatable disorder. Separation anxiety is a phase. Every child goes through it, every childcare book covers it. My anxiety is pretty through the roof. I have been peeing a lot lately – sometime 2x per hour (not every day – just sometimes).

What Are the Health Benefits of Aromatherapy?

Some people might think that aromatherapy is replacing traditional medicine. Although it is an alternative method of practicing wellbeing, let it be known here and now that aromatherapy is in no way a replacement for modern medicine. Instead, see it as a tool that helps enhance your wellbeing both physically and psychologically using scents to stimulate certain responses. When performing aromatherapy, your goal should be to use the essential oils to shift your mental state and assist your body’s natural ability to regulate, heal, and balance itself.

How Does It Work?

Aromatherapy works as you inhale certain scents to stimulate your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus is what regulates important bodily functions, like sleep and emotional responses. Once it reaches your hypothalamus, the stimulus of the scent travels through your limbic system and into the hippocampus, which is a part of your brain that’s crucial for memory. Not only does this help us associate a certain scent with a specific memory, but this is also what allows the body to react to the healing scents of aromatherapy.

Who Can Benefit?
Aromatherapy has endless benefits and isn’t exclusive to any one group of people. If you’re easily stressed or tend to feel out of balance, using aromatherapy might be a way to combat these involuntary feelings. Even those with respiratory concerns may be able to find an essential oil that soothes them. Overall, aromatherapy can be used by anyone who want to experience the holistic powers of essential oils. Just remember, it’s not meant to replace traditional medicine.

If you want to know for sure whether or not aromatherapy is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you suffer from joint or muscle pain?
* Do you regularly have trouble sleeping?
* Are you experiencing depression, chronic stress, or anxiety?
* Do you experience PMS or menopausal symptoms?
* Do you have skin concerns, including acne or cellulite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider exploring your options with aromatherapy. What have you got to lose?

How Can I Use Aromatherapy?

You can get creative with your use of aromatherapy once you understand its properties and benefits. Here are a few ways you can try out aromatherapy in your everyday life.

* Adding it to a diffuser and inhaling the steam.
* In a foot and hand bath.
* Direct application onto the skin (always remember to use a carrier oil or other form
of dilution to prevent any discomfort on the skin).
* With a compress.
* As a chest rub to support your respiratory system.
* On a pillow for soothing effects to help you fall asleep faster.

Now that more and more people are becoming familiar with the benefits of aromatherapy products, you can find aromatherapy being practiced almost everywhere you go these days. Spas, massage centers, and yoga studios are incorporating this style of relaxation to further improve the mental welfare of others. Many aromatherapy fanatics claim that it can help awaken your senses and boost your cognitive function, including improved memory and an overall more relaxed state of mind. If you’re looking for these types of effects, you can read more about aromatherapy to better understand the products you can use to get the most out of this holistic practice.

What are some useful aromatherapy products?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and a variety of aromatherapy products like candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Candles and diffusers are great aromatherapy products and allow you to change the type of oil you want to use, so they’re versatile and convenient.

Before you purchase your aromatherapy products, make sure that they’re made especially for this purpose. This relates more to the essential oils than anything else. There are some products that can be labeled as aromatherapy products but might not actually be built to provide the benefits you’re looking for. Some products might contain artificial ingredients, which can actually cause more harm than good in most cases. Be sure that you’re using aromatherapy products that were built for the purpose of providing the calming and stimulating effects of aromatherapy.3