Essential Oils To Beat Stress & How To Use Them
Essential oils have an endless list of applications. This includes banishing stress and anxiety. If you want a better mood, or to improve your overall health, a great strategy is to start with stress reduction.
Aromatherapy is becoming really popular in recent years for stress relief. Its use dates back thousands of years. May enhance a lifestyle that can further lessen stress, along with meditation, diet and exercise. Stress may cause digestive problems, destroy an immune system and increase the risk of developing heart disease. It can also have an affect blood sugar levels causing increased hunger and even insulin insensitivity. Out of control stress may even lead to depression, anger, premature aging, pain and weight gain.
Essential Oils To Reduce Stress
- Put a few drops onto a cotton pad and put into a pocket, or into your bra. The scent will uplift you throughout the day, adding a scent of calm to whatever you might face throughout your day. Another more effective option is a diffuser necklace. Make one out of lava rock beads or buy one ready made.
- Place several drops of oil onto your shower floor or into a bath. While bathing, you’ll be enveloped in aromatic steam. You may want to dilute your oils in a carrier oil or milk before adding them to avoid sensitivity to your skin.
- Scent your whole room or working space by using an essential oil diffuser. Adding 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oil into a diffuser.
- Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a carrier oil – such as sweet almond or coconut oil and massage directly into skin.
Frankincense is often used in aromatherapy. Known to help with pain and inflammation, boost immunity, and reduce chronic stress and anxiety. It has been used since ancient times as a part of meditation practice. Inducing a feeling of peace and relaxation. Frankincense is usually inhaled or diffused from a diffuser, working to reduce anxiety, anger, and stress.
Lavender is the best adaptogen essential oil. Known for its calming effect. Boost inner peace, improve sleep, reduce irritability, anxiety and nervous tension.
Commonly used in cosmetics, perfumery and or healing salves, but it offers the ability to calm. It’s been used in yoga and meditation in many cultures, regarded as a sacred oil. Effective for balancing the emotions, and it helps to strengthen the immune system. Stress from studying? Sandalwood oil not only helps with relaxation and calming, but it may improve memory and concentration.
4. Roman chamomile
Chamomile essential oil not only offers relaxing and calming properties, but it can help dispel anxiety and banish lingering anger. A calming scent, this aroma encourages inner harmony while reducing the tendency to overthink. Also especially useful for stressed out skin. A blend of Lavender and Roman Chamomile is one of my all time favorites!
A sweet citrus scent and floral aroma, popular for use in perfumes. Bergamot oil is calming, and may aid insomnia, produce relaxation and dimish agitation so that one rest better, simultaneously providing an energy boost that may help boost one’s mood. Applying a blend of lavender and bergamot may help uplift one from anxiety or depression causing calm and relaxation.
6. Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang can be either calming or stimulating. May help to ease fears and promote optimism while relaxing the body. It may also be helpful with fatigue and/or insomnia. Generally effective in managing anger-related stress. Inhaling the scent stimulates circulation and may lower blood pressure. If your blood pressure is already low, you may want to consult with your healthcare provider before using ylang-ylang.
Known for its ability to induce sleep. It’s aroma isn’t loved by everyone (some say it smells like dirty socks). One of the best when it comes to relieving anxiety symptoms, improving sleep and ultimately reducing stress.
8. Rose oil
Known as an oil of love, helps boost self confidence and love of ones self or others. May invoke mental strength, positivity, joy, happiness and help battle depression as well as curving anxiety, including panic attacks. Widely used in aromatherapy for healing a broken heart.
9. Vetiver essential oil
An earthy smell similar to patchouli, but with a dash of lemon. It’ quite calming, and grounding, and often used to help in times of trauma. It may lessen that jittery feeling. The ability to calm, soothe and also believed to help reduce irritability and anger, as well as to banish neurotic behavior, which works to relieve overall tension. Used in many cultures as a sacred herb, valued for its uplifting and protective properties. In other cultures it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”
10. Jasmine essential oil
Jasmine is a great oil for stress relief. A stimulating aroma that uplifts. May help to produce optimistic feelings. Used for hundreds of years as a natural aid in combating anxiety, emotional stress, low libido and insomnia. Jasmine oil is a positive influence on the nervous system. Offering a positive effect on a number of processes, like heart rate, body temperature, stress response, alertness, blood pressure and breathing. Many have improvements in mood and sleep after using jasmine oil which may boost energy levels. Try it for yourself, be sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil first.