Reduce Stress With Essential oils

Reduce Stress With Essential oils

- May 29, 2018

Ease Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia & More!

In our fast-paced society is it any wonder that these particular health conditions are on the rise and growing exponentially each year? Furthermore, for most people, the idea of self-care ranks low on their priority list which is very sad.

After all, you can trade in your car for a newer model, but you only have one you!

So, allowing yourself time to rest and rejuvenate is vital not only for your physical body but also for your psyche as well.

But before we dive into the amazing healing properties of essential oils, let’s talk a bit about essential oils and a good place to start is with a brief history:

  • Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating back to around 1500 BC) included over 800 herbal mixers for many different health conditions and many of the remedies contained essential oils.
    • For example, myrrh was prescribed as a wound salve.
  • In 1922, King Tut’s tomb was discovered and interestingly, there were vats of essential oils that were still viable!
  • In China, essential oils were first recorded during the reign of Huang Ti, also known as the Yellow Emperor. His famous book “The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine” contains uses for several essential oils which are still in use today by many eastern medicine practitioners.
  • Ancient Ayurvedic medicine has used essential oils for more than 3000 years!

Essential oils are liquid concentrations of nature

Essential oils are organic substances derived from the volatile liquid of plants. These natural plant oils are extracted from leaves, flowers, grasses, roots, fruits, and trees, and each oil has a variety of properties and can be used for many diverse purposes.

For example, the oils are directly or indirectly applied to the skin or can simply be inhaled.

When the scent of the oil is inhaled, the odor molecule travels through the nose and stimulates the olfactory nerves which in turn stimulate the emotional center of the brain where all of our emotions are stored. So it’s no wonder that they can relax you when you are feeling stressed, invigorate you when you are fatigued, or calm you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

Here are some highly recommended essential oils to help you reduce and manage stress:

  • Chamomile – promotes relaxation and decreases feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Lavender – reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation and sleep
  • Bergamot – reduces anxiety and depression, and helps reduces scars from acne
  • Sandalwood – helps to improve memory and has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Mandarin – calms nerves, improves mood and promote relaxation
  • Frankincense – reduce inflammation, wrinkles and age spots, and helps improve the immune system
  • Clary Sage – reduces anxiety and depression and reduce skin inflammation
  • Jasmine – reduces depression and promotes healthy skin tone
  • Cedarwood – helps reduce inflammation and relieves chronic pain
  • Patchouli – reduces depression, enhances mood, and helps to relieve pain
  • Rose – reduces skin inflammation and promotes
  • Ylang Ylang – induces relaxation and reduces depression

And here is the best part – Essential oils are very convenient and super easy to use! Not to mention that they can be used as a natural perfume or as a healthy holistic alternative to commercial lotions (which I highly recommend!).

If you’d like to make your own essential concoction, then you should know a bit about oil carriers.

Carrier oils (or base oils) should always be used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin.

Essential oils and carrier oils work in synergy with each other.  Carrier oils “carry” the essential oil into the skin, while essential oils provide a pleasing scent to the base oils which themselves possess therapeutic benefits.


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