Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to reduce stress. There are certain aromas which can help against accumulated tension - most often recommended are ginger, lavender, lemon, mint, thyme, cinnamon, basil, eucalyptus, cloves and others.
Fragrant oils can also be added to lotions that are used for massages - this method can also remove stress, if the correct oil is used.
If you need to relax and dispel stress, use ginger. This fragrant spice will help you "wash away" the tension - it will stimulate blood circulation in the body, help the muscles relax, tone the body.
Fill your bathtub and add ginger and baking soda, 1/3 cup of each. Then immerse yourself in the water for about a quarter of an hour.
To reduce stress, you can use vanilla and cinnamon - the fragrance of these spices creates a sense of comfort, coziness, warmth, of home. They also improve mood.
You can count on thyme, basil and anise against stress as well. Cloves are another spice which can successfully be used to get rid of stress. Since cloves are incredibly fragrant, be careful when using them in cooking.
You can make an elixir of basil leaves, mint and cloves. Put some of these spices in water that's been preheated on the stove. Then you can drink this elixir like a tea - add honey, lemon to your taste.
When added to food, cloves stimulate digestion and metabolism. In fact, the spice is commonly used in folk medicine - it helps against toothache, cough, digestive problems, prevents infections, relieves the stomach of gases.
According to a study, cloves can even cure foot fungus. The spice contains omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin C, high amounts of manganese. An especially valuable substance in cloves is eugenol - it provides cloves with their sweet fragrance, has anti-septic and anesthetic effects.