Summer is supposed to be a time to slow down and relax. But ‘chilling out’ seems impossible sometimes, especially with the kids out of school and family vacations looming! Whether you are running your essential oil diffuser in your home or wearing essential oil jewelry, the oils that you choose to diffuse/wear can certainly have an effect on your levels of stress and help you bring on the calm.
5 Essential Oils for Stress
Can aromatherapy help reduce stress?
Use of essential oils to help aid in stress relief is becoming more popular today as a natural alternative. Stress is caused by some sort of negative situation, and although essential oils can not magically make a situation disappear, one may benefit from relaxation effects that aromatherapy offers.
Anxiety (and, on the other side, joy!) originates from the limbic system, and the sense of smell is the only one of the senses that is linked to this part of the brain. Before we might even become aware of the effects an oil or fragrance may have on us, the molecules from the essential oils we smell are already at work on our limbic lobe.
What should I diffuse?
Some of the most popular essential oils used to combat stress are lavender, geranium, jasmine (a favorite of mine!), rose, frankincense and citrus oils. Our friends at Drops of Joy Jewelry have put together 5 “stress-away recipes” below for you to try in your home diffuser or essential oil jewelry.
Blend #1: Lavender, Frankincense, & Orange
Lavender has a very calming & relaxing scent which may be helpful in both physical and emotional balancing. Studies have shown that smelling lavender increases beta waves in the brain which suggests greater relaxation & less mental stress.
Frankincense is a great oil that may help lift the spirits and improve attitude. This oil has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and in religious ceremonies.
Orange is very uplifting like many of the citrus oils. One university study found that orange and other citrus scents helped promote relaxation – something much needed this time of year!
Blend #2: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, & Ylang Ylang
Roman Chamomile has a calming scent that may help ease anxiety and restlessness. For many years, mothers have had success using chamomile for calming little ones.
The influence of Ylang Ylang (“flower of flowers”) may help derail tendencies toward anger & help set aside negative energy. This oil has been used medicinally to help regulate heartbeat & to possibly ease anxiety and depression.
Blend #3: Bergamot, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang
Bergamot is another personal favorite of mine! I love the calming scent, which helps lift my mood almost immediately. This is another citrus oil that has been used for hundreds of years for it’s medicinal benefits.
Patchouli has a relaxing effect (love using this one near the end of the day) that may help with thought clarity.
Blend #4: Lavender, Lime, Mandarin
Blend #5: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender
Geranium is wonderful blended with Bergamot & Lavender, and together the three may help ease nervous tension, lift spirits and bring an overall sense of balance an calm emotionally.543