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12 Stress Relieving Essential Oils to Boost Your Mood

by Selena Le Beau 3 years ago in wellness
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A complete guide to the best essential oils for stress relief, sleep and relaxation.

Aromatherapy is often used as a natural remedy that can help reduce stress, promote sleep and relieve anxiety. It can also be used to lessen inflammation of the digestive tract as well as regulate regulate mood levels.

Lavender and peppermint are amongst the most widely used around the world. It is a must have to incorporate lavender essential oil if you regularly experience stress and anxiety. People who inhaled three to six drops of particular fragrance scents showed a reduction in their anxiety and tension levels immediately, according to a study published

How to use essential oils

Essential oils are often used in conjunction with certain carrier oils. The purpose for this is done solely to dilute the essential oil. Carrier oils such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, and apricot oil are oils that are mainly used to be mixed with other oils and essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and inhalation is perhaps the safest means of administering essential oils, and it's the safest way to get essential oils into your bloodstream.

It's fairly important to be noted that most of these oils are toxic, so ingesting them is not suitable. It's perfect to add essential oils to a carrier oil since using it directly on the scalp would be too potent and cause some type of irritation.

Most manufacturer companies will recommend diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or sweet almond oil. Always read the label before using and carefully follow the directions for diluting the oil.

An 'aromatherapy oil' is normally a diluted oil, usually of an essential oil, in 98 percent almond or grape seed oil, which is usually extremely poor value for money. ... On the other hand, essential oils are undiluted products that have been extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, grasses, roots, woods, barks, spices, fruits, or gum

Find out about nine essential oils that are often used in aromatherapy for stress relief and anxiety, and get tips and ideas for how to use them

Essential oils are scented liquids that are derived from many parts of plants, including the flowers, and the fruits. Research suggests that aromatherapy with some essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.

In this article, we will discuss some of the best essential oils to try for anxiety and the evidence supporting their use. Also how the oils can be mixed in with bath salts, candles or lotions.

These essential oils include:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil: Helps with aromatherapy to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Helps with calming, relaxation, meditation. It has been proven to restore the nervous system by lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: Helps with its versatlity since it can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. Its properties cleanse, purify, and rejuvenate the skin, to promote healing and relaxation, to enhance and support immune function, and to eliminate bacteria,
  • Lemon Essential Oil: Helps with aromatherapy powerful calming and mood-improving agent during three stress test experiments. The same study concluded that lemon essential oil was more effective at relieving stress than other essential oils such as lavender and rose.
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Helps act as an overall mood enhancer and relaxant while acting as an antidepressant because of its profoundly positive effects on the mental and emotional systems.
  • Chamomile Essential Oil: Helps with to promote sleep and treat insomnia. Works well paired with a hot cup of chamomile tea which also helps stomach cramps.
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil Helps as an effective remedy in calming stress and anxiety while acting as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of joy and inner peace.
  • Rose Essential Oil: Helps with soothing emotions, headaches and balancing hormones. Also known for strengthening the heart in periods of high stress, grief, and depression.
  • Jasmine Essential Oil: Helps act as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression throughout Asia for centuries.
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Helps with aromatherapy eucalyptus oil has a history of wide application, as a pharmaceutical, antiseptic, repellent with health benefits include treating colds and flus and reducing aches and pains.
  • Geranium Essential Oil: Helps with insomnia as well as reduces feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, fatigue, and tension.
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil: Helps with aromatherapy, meditation, reduced blood pressure and stress levels.

Many people all around the world often find aromatherapy with these natural oils to be extremely beneficial to their mental health and life overall. Studies have found that smelling things such as aromatherapy (essential) oils has served to reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

Essential oils are very pure, concentrated oils. Many of these oils are toxic, so a person should not ingest them.

Most manufacturers will recommend diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or sweet almond oil.

Be sure to always read the labels before each use and carefully follow the directions for diluting the oil.

You may also consider doing a skin patch test before applying essential oils to your skin or fabrics. Some may stain or cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

There are several different ways that a person can use diluted essential oils, such as by: using the oils in special diffusers, applying the oils to fabrics and soft furnishings, such as bedding, pillows, or cushions, massaging the oils into the skin, and mixing oils in with bath salts or lotions.

The top three essential oils to own are lemon, lavender, and peppermint, which make the perfect aromatherapy starter kit.

  • It has been scientifically proven that lavender reduces anxiety and relaxes the brain.
  • Lemon is excellent at offering purifying properties to clear the air and provide a reset and recharge you.
  • Peppermint naturally fights seasonal allergies and boost energy in the room with its potent fragrance.

Here's how it works:

Initially when you open up a bottle of essential oil, you can either put some on a piece of tissue, dab it on your body, or put it in a diffuser. Another tool that is used to distribute any essential oil aroma in a room or space which means that it evaporates very quickly yet it essentially creates a vapor or misty haze around your body that you inhale for exceptional benefits. Keep in mind that not all essential oil's are created equally.

As you breathe in, those particles go in two directions. They instantly go up into your sinuses, where there are nerve receptors located within the olfactory part of the brain.

Interestingly, the particles are also inhaled into your lungs, where they then are permitted to enter your bloodstream and get involved in your [hormonal] endocrine system, where they are known to influence and alter your body's reaction to stress.

Followed by the vapor that is savored and is then absorbed directly into the brain tissue, where it impacts feeling, memory, emotion and the lymphatic brain, that is directly linked and connected to your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.

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About the author

Selena Le Beau

She expresses her gift of writing through each piece. She studied writing in college and has been inspiring people for 20 years. She gives back to the community & enriches them with enlightenment. Philanthropist, Empath and Nature lover.

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