Stressed out? Essential oils can help you to feel calmer. They have so many wonderful and therapeutic benefits.
Pure essentials oils are extracted from plants (such as flowers and tree bark).
Do they really work for stress? Yes. The way they work is through inhalation or by applying them to the skin. When stressed, essential oils have shown to help people feel calm and relaxed.
Essential Oils Uses
Here are the 3 best ways to harness the healing power of essential oils:
#1. Always have a sample with you
Place a couple of drops of essential oils onto a handkerchief and carry that with you throughout the day. Smell it whenever you feel stressed and it will help you to de-stress.
#2. Have a bath
If you try adding 5 drops of an essential oil with a carrier oil (such as olive, avocado or organic fractionated coconut), you will be able to breathe in the essential oil to relieve your stress.
#3. Relax with the aroma from a diffuser
By placing 6 drops of either a single essential oil or an oil blend to an aromatic diffuser, it can help to calm and relax you.
The Best Essential Oils for Stress
Here are the most suitable essential oils that will help you to beat stress:
#1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia / Lavandula intermedia)
Lavender is well-known as a calming oil, because it has powerful calming and relaxing properties.
There have been many studies based on this oil. One study revealed that lavender oil contributed to considerable decreases of blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, as well as changing the brain waves to a more relaxed state.
#2. Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Ylang ylang is amazing for calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation.
A study found that ylang ylang oil resulted in a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature.
#3. Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var. bergamia)
Bergamot has excellent properties for calming and uplifting the mood of people who are stressed.
According to a study, this oil can improve negative emotions and fatigue and lower saliva cortisol levels (the body’s stress response hormone).
#4. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary sage’s chemical profile makes it one of the most relaxing, soothing and balancing essential oils.
The clary sage plant has been used since the Middle Ages for frequent use to soothe skin. Today, it is highly effective for promoting feelings of relaxation and calm.
#5. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis / Chamaemelum nobile)
Roman chamomile had been used in ancient times to promote calming feelings of courage before going to war. This essential oil is still used today for its calming properties.
#6. Frankincense (Boswellia sacra)
Frankincense’s chemical components have an extremely powerful aroma which can assist in easing negative feeling such as stress.
Tips for Choosing and Using Essential Oils
- Read the labels. The best essential oils are the pure ones, which always have the Latin botanical name on the product label. I have included the Latin botanical name in the essential oils list.
Check the label to see if it is pure. If it is mixed with something else, it is best not used.
- Buy only ones in dark bottles. As the light can damage essential oils, it is always best to buy the ones that can keep the light out.
- Do not take essential oils internally. As they are too harsh for our bodies; even when diluted. They are for external use only.
- Always use carrier oil. When applying essential oils to the skin, it can cause irritation. So it is best to dilute the oils with a carrier oil (such as olive, avocado or organic fractionated coconut oil).
- Talk with your health practitioner. It is always best to check first to see if essential oils are safe for you to use.
Essential oils are so good for relieving stress. The best methods for using them to calm stress are to have a handkerchief with some drops of essential oil on it, placing drops of an oil into a bath and to use a aromatherapy diffuser. The most effective essential oils for de-stressing are lavender, ylang ylang, bergamot, clary sage, roman chamomile and frankincense.
Do you use essential oils? If so, which ones are your favourites and why? I would love to know. Please use the comment section below to tell me.
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