The holidays can be a stressful time for many, and some combat these unpleasant feelings by overindulging. However, one possible solution may be to try aromatherapy and essential oils before gathering around the buffet table.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Denise Lamothe offers some tips on how aromatherapy can help prevent emotional eating by relaxing individuals before a stressful gathering.
She suggests that individuals try to carry self-motivating cards with them if they are concerned about temptation and losing control around food. Aromatherapy can also help, Lamothe says, because she feels that certain scents can enhance positive, calm feelings.
In fact, according to aromacures.com, aromatherapy may "enable a person to come to terms with psychological issues," and emotional overeating can be considered to be one of these conditions. The relaxing scents take the user’s mind away from the stress and situation of the moment.
According to the website, lavender might have a relaxing effect on individuals, and is therefore also useful for easing sleeping disorders. Juniper can also help decrease anxiety and anger, which might be perfect for use before entering a conflicted situation or taxing event.