If you’re an anxious person or prone to stress, chances are you’ve spent ample time trying to figure out how to lower your stress so that you can have a happier outlook on life and be a more productive person overall, and if that’s the case, I'm here to make the recommendation for seeking the soothing powers of essential oils.
Admittedly I'm new to the essential oils scene, but I LOVE it already. In fact, as I type this I'm running a lavender and eucalyptus blend in my new oil diffuser.
Did someone say eucalyptus?
If you’re skeptical, a Ruhr University study showed that essential oils affect numerous biological factors, from heart rate to blood pressure, immune function, breathing, and yes, stress. Different oils have different effects on individuals, and while some may be stimulating, others are known to be quite calming, and those are the ones we’re going to focus on today. Below are the top 7 essential oils to combat stress and alleviate anxiety.
Lavender oil is known as one of the most common and best essential oils to rid yourself of anxiety. It’s been said to have the same effects of the drug lorazepam; however, given that it’s a natural substance, it doesn’t carry the same negative side effects as the prescribed alternative and it isn’t addictive. Studies show that when inhaling lavender oil, the healing and calming effect works its way through our bloodstream resulting in alleviated pain and muscle relaxation, making it a great tool to use if you're someone that have difficulty falling or staying asleep at night. Additionally, it’s floral aroma is known to improve mental concentration, calming your nerves and thereby reducing any stress you may be carrying.
If you’ve caught yourself reaching for a soothing cup of chamomile tea as you wind down for the day, then you have already experienced the calming effects of chamomile. The reason people do this is that chamomile has a natural ability to enhance our inner harmony and calm our body down particularly after a long, stressful day. Not only does chamomile aid in relieving us of stress, but it’s been shown to have fantastic antidepressant properties as well. It has also proven to be an almost superhero when it comes to a wide variety of our bodily functions, from improving our cardiovascular system, enhancing our immune system, and even protecting against various forms of cancer and bone disease. It’s an oil that has been used for generations on people of all ages that is showing no sign of slowing down.
Peppermint can be a great flavorful addition to your evening tea, but did you know about the many health benefits it carries, too? Peppermint has been frequently used to relieve headaches and cure brain fog, and even used to help patients with Irritable Bowl Syndrome, but beyond that, it is one of the top tier essential oils for stress. It’s more of a preventative oil rather than a reactive oil like chamomile, so it’s best utilized when incorporating into your daily diet and a precautionary measure. It contains menthol which is the natural anesthetic that gives the user that cool, tingling sensation when ingested, but it’s the uplifting aroma that alleviates your anxiety and mental fatigue to help you settle into a calm and collected mindset making it a go-to for high-performance athletes who need to feel ready for a big performance or competition.
If you’re unfamiliar with Begamot, you’re going to want to listen up. It’s one of the main ingredients in Earl Grey tea and is used to increase energy and has been successful is treatments for depression given its ability to induce relaxation in the user and reduce stressors. In a study that saw patients in waiting rooms utilize Bergamot oil to see how it affects their bodies under times of immense stress, as it would be with waiting to see a doctor or a surgeon, Bergomot oil was shown to increase positive feelings in the room. In another study that blended Beromot with Lavender, it was seen to significantly reduce blood pressure and pulse rates, so next time you’re feeling anxious, breath in some bergamot oil!
Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang Ylang is one of the more popular essential oils because it serves a variety of needs, but most impressive is its ability to not only calm, but completely uplift and encourage its users to project a more optimistic outlook on life as it stifles general fears. It has been known to calm heart palpitations and agitation and is also a decently effective moderate sedative making it highly useful for people looking to treat their insomnia. Additionally, it is one of the few essential oils seen to be able to effectively combat anger-induced stress and bring forth a feeling of immediate calmness. An important note about ylang ylang is that it is best avoided if used by someone with low blood pressure, so consult a physician if you’re not sure to make sure it’s the right essential oil for you.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary Sage is also known to promote a feeling of sudden euphoria as it induces positive vibes, joy, and pleasure making it a great asset to use to ward off depression and anxiety. It’s a mild sedative and is known to help relieve hypertension in addition to having many antibacterial properties and improve the strength and youthfulness of skin.
Rose Oil tends to follow Lavender in its popularity for relieving stress and anxiety and it has been shown to assist with relieving panic attacks, grief, and even sudden onset shock. It is said that only a tiny dab is needed in order to start seeing the powerful benefits of rose oil as it quickly works to promote peace and tranquility within the user, so if you’re feeling a little down or worried, it’s time for some rose oil.
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