04 Sep Diffuse Stress with Essential Oils
Diffuse Stress with Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used for many years and have gained recently gained popularity. Believe it or not, they hold some impressive holistic healing properties that can affect all dimensions of your health. Essential oils are literally the essence of the plant it was extracted from in a concentrated liquid form. It’s as though everything good about the plant, it’s most beautiful, powerful essence was extracted and put into a bottle – hence the name. 🙂
Sometimes the demands of life make it nearly impossible to find time for yourself and just RELAX. We’ve explored the repercussions of too much stress when it’s not mitigated (in this post). However, if you’re still trying to ease some of your stressors away to little avail, what might be missing in your arsenal is pure essential oils with relaxing properties.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Assuming they’re of appropriate quality, essential oils may be used topically (on the skin), aromatically (via diffusion in the air), or ingested. Their unique properties that allow for a wide variety of health benefits, physically, mentally and spiritually. The soothing effect of essential oils has long been recognized and used in religious ceremonies as a part of meditative practices to elevate the mind and unlock subconscious emotions. Whether experiencing depression, exhaustion, or anxiety, oils can be used to enhance mood, soothe grief, and create an environment of relaxation. They bring a sense of tranquility and restfulness when occasional stresses occur in life.
You can even formulate blends of several oils together for combined benefits! If you’ve tried other methods to heal, relax, and soothe with no luck, it might be time you supplemented your health and beauty regimen with essential oils.
How They Work
When your nostrils receive the aroma molecules, signals are sent to the limbic system of the brain. This system is the control center for emotions and memory. This is why the scent of certain essential oils can be directly attributed to increased feelings of euphoria including peace, joy, contentment and excitement.
Not only that, the limbic system is also connected to other parts of the brain related to stress such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and hormone regulation. the limbic system with healing essential oils balances emotions and the functions that the limbic system controls.
How To Use Them
If you’re new to using essential oils, enjoying them aromatherapeutically is a good way to start. Here are some ways to use essential oils for treating stress through aromatherapy:
- Burn a high-quality candle infused with essential oil.
- Use an aromatherapy diffuser to spread the oil’s scent in the room (or car!)
- Inhale directly by rubbing a few drops in your hands, and cupping your hands to your face.
- Mix essential oils with an unscented carrier oil (ex. Almond oil) to wear on your body.
- Pour a few drops into a warm bath.
Suggested oils to aid with anxiety (*List is not extensive): Lavender, Camomile, Frankincense, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, and Rose
The versatility of essential oils is extensive, and their healing properties are even more impressive!
Have you added essential oils to your health routine? If so, which one is your favorite and why?
-Health & Wellness Coach