Sometimes our lives can appear as though they are running away from us. It’s what some of us feel as anxiety, overwhelm, and a lack of focus.
You probably know the signs of stress and anxiety?
Rising blood pressure?
Erratic mood swings?
Stress can trigger a myriad of physical and mental symptoms, adding to the chaos of an already hectic environment.
Essential oils are an exceptional, natural way to restore a feeling of calm.
They can have a positive effect on our body, stimulating the release of certain chemicals in our brain while also stimulating other parts of our central nervous system.
Shape magazine reports that these potent substances can lower our blood pressure, decrease our heart rate while also relieving other symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Certain essential oils change the way our body reacts to stressful situations.
Five Ways to Use Essential Oils
I’ve shared how to use oils in other posts but just for review here are the common ways you can use your oils at home.
You can add oils to your palms, rub them together than holding your hands 5 inches before your face, take a long deep breath.
As an alternative, you can add a few drops to cotton balls, or add a few drops to your essential oil jewelry.
Add To Your Bath
Inhaling the essential oils via the steam of a hot bath is another method for safely indulging in essential oils.
Add several drops of essential oils and a cup of Epsom salts to your bath water for a wonderful detox bath.
Add To Your Diffuser
Diffusers provide you with a long lasting and intense benefit.
You can use them in your home, place of business or wherever…allowing others to partake in the joys of these potent oils.
You can create a spa-like environment in a matter of just a few minutes.
Go here for my post with diffuser recipes
Apply To Your Skin
You can apply essential oils to your temples or use them in a massage oil to promote full body relaxation.
As An Air Freshener
Create your own air freshener using water and essential oils.
You can mix three to five drops of oil with two ounces of water in a spray bottle and spray it in the air or on your bed before you go to sleep.
Go here for a great fabric spray recipe
*Test all oils on a small section of your skin before applying to a large area to be sure you aren’t sensitive to it. Many oils are best used on the skin diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Five Oils For When You Feel Stressed Or Anxious
There are many oils that can be used to help ease anxiety and stress.
For simplicity sake, here are 5 of the most popular oils known for their ability to help you feel calm and balanced.
Read to the end for a few others that might help you plus some premade blends you might want to try.
If your nerves are feeling a bit frazzled or you have feelings of mental fatigue, lemongrass oil may prove useful.
Lemongrass oil (get it here) produces an immediate stress-relieving effect on your senses, helping to calm your nerves and immediately drain tension from your body.
With as few as three drops, this oil can take effect in as little as three minutes.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil (get it here) is the quintessential scent of almost any spa you enter.
This oil can produce a sedative-like effect, helping to drive away stress and enable you to relax.
Lavender is a favorite agent for promoting sleep and improving your overall well-being.
Go here for 10 reasons you should always carry lavender with you
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil (get it here) demolishes stress and can help infuse energy where fatigue might be weighing you down.
This oil is useful in delivering headache relief and decreases symptoms of depression.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil (get it here) is great for creating an environment of tranquility and peace.
It is even more effective than lavender in helping you to combat those doldrum feelings of depression.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil (get it here) is another powerful oil with a reputation for improving your mood.
This oil is an excellent, supportive meditative oil that can assist in curing feelings that sometimes accompany panic.
Other Essential Oils That May Help
Aside from the 5 above, some of the others know to have a calming effect are wild orange, peppermint, vetiver, patchouli, bergamot, ylang-ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, chamomile, jasmine, and sweet marjoram.
If you don’t have any of those oils on hand and need to purchase an oil you could start with a premade blend made specifically for stress/anxiety such as one of these:
Tranquility Blend by Simply Earth (go here to learn more about it).
Worry-Free Synergy Blend by Plant Therapy (go here to learn more about it).
DIY Essential Oil Blends To Try
Aside from using the oils on their own, you can also try blending them together. Try these recipes for your diffuser, as a massage oil, or in your bath.
Add the following oils to your diffuser and enjoy.
6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
8 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Drops Rose Essential Oil
Combine a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and use as a massage oil.
As A Relaxing Bath For Panic Attacks Or To Soothe Anxiety
I found this recipe on CushySpa.com. Karolina suggests you can also massage this blend into your wrists for extra benefits.
Add the ingredients to your bath water and soak.
3 drops Rose Essential Oil
2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil
3 Tbs of your favorite carrier oil
Keep It Simple
There are many oils know for their ability to help calm your nerves and help you relax.
If you are new to oils don’t overcomplicate things by buying a bunch of different oils.
It’s ok to start with an oil blend such as the ones I mentioned above or just a few single oils until you find what works for you.
Let me know if you tried any of these oils to help you deal with stress or anxiety.
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