Anxiety and stress is just something that we have to face day in and day out. That's why having a natural go-to solution could be handy to alleviate symptoms on a daily basis.
But how can essential oils help when we are feeling stressed?
In a nutshell, essential oils are fragrant molecules that when inhaled, the aroma molecules travel through the nose and go directly into the limbic system in the brain. This part of our brain is where our emotions are triggered. This explains how can scents can stir up all kinds of emotions and memories in us and impact how we feel.
Top 5 Essential Oils for Relaxation
Lavender is the perfect "pick-me-up" and is commonly used essential oil that helps you feel calm and relax. It helps promote inner peace, solidarity and strength. Lavender essential oil is one of the most well-researched essential oils in terms of its reduction of stress and anxiety. In 2012, a study found that lavender essential oil calmed the nervous system, lowers blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate and even changed the brain waves into a more relaxed mood.
Diffusing lavender can give you an immediate calming effect. You may also rub 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil in your hands or in a handkerchief or a cotton pad and take a deep breathe.
Bergamot is a hybrid fruit between a bitter orange and lime/lemon. Commonly enjoyed in Earl Grey tea because of its recognizable aroma and floral taste. Bergamot is often used for calming and to treat depression by giving energy and reduce agitation.
A clinical study conducted in 2015 concluded that bergamot essential oil can reduce stress and anxiety effects. Bergamot essential oil is regarded as safe but can make skin sensitive to the sun. That's why it is best to avoid sun exposure within 12 hours after using.
Frankincense in aromatherapy is often used for meditation as it quiets the mind and provides tranquility and spiritual grounding, great for treating anxiety and depression.
A study made in Korea found that an aroma hand massage using the blend of Bergamot, Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils with 1:1:1 ratio have a positive effect on pain and depression on patients with terminal cancer.
Ylang Ylang is known for its uplifting and calming effects as it releases anger and frustration. It also helps with courage, optimism and courage. But be careful in using Ylang Ylang essential oil as it can be irritating or sensitizing to some and should be avoided by those with low blood pressure.
Diluting Ylang Ylang with your favorite carrier oil and rubbing a drop or two directly on neck, wrists and back can reduce the feelings of agitation.
Rose Essential Oil has been named to be the "Queen of Oils" that helps with all the anxiety and stress issues. Which is why roses being the go-to flowers to give your partner and loved ones as it can release feel-good hormones to our brain.
A study in Iran participated by first time soon-to-be mothers that warm-water foot bath with aromatherapy with rose essential oil were effective to reduce anxiety, made them feel relaxed and comfortable.
Blend of Essential Oils
Often times it is beneficial to blend essential oils to your liking to achieve the desired effects and scent that you desire. You can blend your own essential oils together or check out our specially formulated roll on blend for relaxation called No Stress Zone!
Lifestyle Changes for Relaxation
Diet -Reducing the consumption of tea, coffee, chocolate and cola as these products with caffeine can stimulate the body. When our body is stimulated it increases mental and physical function as well as increasing anxiety.
Rest-Getting enough and quality sleep restores the energy of our body, feeling well rested and relaxed.
Exercise - At least 10-20 minutes of moderate exercise every day is beneficial nearly in overall aspect of our health including our mood.
Deep Relaxation - Also known as Mindful Breathing by being able to focus on each breath going in and out.
Laughing - Relaxation by laughing is one of the easiest way to remove stress and relieve tension in our body.
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