How are you finding wearing a face mask? These are strange times indeed and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon, the mask is here to stay – at least for a while.
Some of the unpleasantness is people feel they can’t breathe. Wearing a face mask, (the single-use sort of washable/reusable masks) even for short periods of time, can make some people feel claustrophobic and can be anxiety-inducing – even for those who have never suffered from anxiety previously. And, for others, it’s the smell of the mask that can be off-putting and uncomfortable – especially when your own recycled breath is added to the mix!
A university hospital in San Antonio, Texas has recently completed a study – using aromatherapy for face masks.
In the study, the hospital staff were used to wearing masks, but only for short periods of time. Now that it’s required so much more, they were reporting anxiety, headaches, smelliness – basically a general bad buzz!
Luckily, the staff already used aromatherapy as part of their patient care, so it made sense to try it out.
Why? Because the oils…
How to effectively apply aromatherapy to your face mask
Step 1: Simply rub oils on the inside edges of your mask (or if that feels too strong, on the outside of your mask).
Step 2) Feel that each breath is full of respiratory-system-supporting, immune-boosting, calming essential oils.
We recommend using a reusable fabric mask (reduce your anxiety and save the planet at the same time). Cloth face masks are proven to be just as effective as their throwaway counterparts too. They create a barrier between your mouth and nose and the people around you. This makes it more difficult for the droplets that spread coronavirus through coughs, sneezes and talking to reach other people.
You can use neat essential oils, though they may be too strong, so our blended oils will probably work best.
We have teamed up with Yoghanda oils to share some resources on essentials oils…find them in the links below