8 Stress Free Scents with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy for Stress and anxiety
Aromatherapy is one of the most pleasant ways to calm ourselves and feel better. It’s quick, fast and easy because our sense of smell triggers powerful physical and emotional responses.
Inhaling Essential oils for Stress
When an essential oil is inhaled your body responds by regulating heart rate, breathing patterns and blood pressure. Since chronic stress can suppress the immune system over time it’s beneficial to practice daily calming techniques and Essential oils is a pleasant option.
Use in your bath or shower, as a direct inhalation, hot water vapor, vaporizer or humidifier, fan, spray or with a diffuser.
Option: Add to a boiling pot of water. Turn off the stove and the scent will fill the space.
In the Bath or Shower: Add a few drops of your favorite oil to your bath water or the shower nozzle. This will enhance the calming effect of the water
Applying Essential Oils to Skin
By placing an essential oil on the skin, hair or nails the oils penetrate rapidly and the scent lasts to enjoy.
Because they are so potent, it is important to dilute them and blend with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, jojoba, olive, avocado or coconut oil. You can apply the blend directly to an affected area, on the bottoms of the feet, using compresses, in baths or through massage.
*Be careful of the risks*
Never ingest any essential oils or apply undiluted to the skin without proper training or specialist supervision. Even diluted Essential oils on the skin can burn or cause a reaction. Proceed with caution especially with children and pregnant women.
Try this simple blend out: Lavender Neck Rub
- 3 drops pure lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon of carrier oil eg. grapeseed, coconut or almond oil
- Blend the lavender oil and carrier oil in your palm and rub onto your neck for stress and anxiety relief. You can also rub onto the bottoms of your feet. This is perfect for anytime or just before bed.
- Take a deep breath and notice your body calm and hopefully help you feel a bit better.