Modern life is increasingly becoming even more stressful, mostly because of work-related responsibilities, hectic family life, endless scrolling down the social media feeds, relationship issues and so on. Is there a holistic way to reduce stress? Sure, there are numerous types of essential oils that can help you alleviate stress and anxiety. Essential oils are compounds obtained from the leaves, petals, roots, and bark of plants. They provide you with an excellent, natural way to alleviate stress.
Here are the top five essential oils for stress relief.
Lavender is in no doubt the most popularly used essential oil for stress relief. This essence boasts a wide range of benefits that include bringing about relaxation and calmness.
It can help to regain inner peace, eliminate restlessness, and enhance sleep in addition to reducing panic attacks, irritability, and nerve tension. However, lavender oil should not be used as a treatment for mental health conditions regardless of its ability to ease stress and anxiety.
Additionally, if you are experiencing signs such as fatigue, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, and constant worry, you should seek medical attention from your healthcare provider instead of treating yourself using lavender.
Rose essential oil boasts the exceptional ability to relieve depression and anxiety swiftly. It will especially come in handy when you are suffering from shock, grief or panic attacks. This unique essence can safely be considered the second most popular scent after lavender oil.
When inhaled, it uplifts your mood by boosting your mental strength and self-confidence relieving you from stress. And best of all using rose oil is quite simple as you only need to put five drops into the essential oil diffuser before bedtime; you’re assured of waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and at peace.
Ylang ylang is another popular essential oil with incredible potential to treat stress and anxiety due to its uplifting and calming effects. This essential oil is obtained from an Indonesian Cananga tree. Despite being a product of recent discovery, this scent has gained rapid popularity among users owing to its strong properties, which provide immense psychological and medical benefits. When used once a day for four weeks, this essential oil can cheer you up, enhance your courage, soothe your fears and make you more optimistic. It may also calm your nervous palpitations and heart agitations.
Furthermore, this oil is a strong sedative that’s capable of alleviating insomnia. However, you should exercise caution when using this essential oil as it is highly sensitive thus it might irritate your skin. It would help if you also avoided using it in a place where occupants are struggling with low blood pressure.
The word frankincense was derived from an old French term, ‘franc encens’ that means quality incense. This extract is often used to treat stress and depression due to its ability to provide the most tranquil and calming energy, while not forgetting that it creates a spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, this oil is used to calm your mind and hence deepen meditation.
When combined with lavender and bergamot, this oil can be used to relieve depression and pain among patients suffering from cancer. It also contains numerous health benefits, for example, it has anti-aging properties that make it great for skin care.
Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver scent is extremely labor intensive for manufacturers, which makes it relatively expensive. To reduce its cost, manufacturers are forced to dilute it with other inexpensive oils, but its effects remain strong and unparalleled. This oil is commonly known as a base note, which is attributable to its low evaporating rate. In fact, you can put it in a diffuser or apply it to your body, and it will still be evaporating twenty-four hours later. With this ability, you can use vetiver at those times when you’re certain of getting into stressful situations. This extract calms your mind and body and helps you to focus on the task at hand.
The most outstanding benefits of essential oils include stress relief and elevating your peace of mind. Most people around the globe suffer from anxiety, which can be blamed on work, family issues, or school, making these oils indispensable among many households. Stress-induced nervousness can occur if, for instance, you are late for a meeting. This might compel you to ruin an important and sensitive presentation to your employer.
Such nervousness can also cause you to mess up when dealing with a misunderstanding between you and your partner. At times like that, your heart starts to race, your adrenaline rises, and you end up being unable to focus.
This is where essential oils come in handy; to calm your nerves, allowing you to handle serious matters sensibly. You should, however, note that essential oils shouldn’t be used in place of doctor prescribed medication.
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