Can Essential Oils help with stress?
If you are dealing with stress, there are many natural remedies that you can use alone or in addition to other things. One such remedy to alleviate this stress is through the use of essential oils. If you go down this route please ensure you also do your own research. It’s wise to do your own research so that you can be sure that any essential oils you chose to use are suitable for you, especially if you are taking medication.
Your nervous system as well as the chemistry of your brain can be affected by the properties of various essential oils.
Here are some oils that may help. Click on the link for each essential oil to find out more.
Lavender essential oil always seems to be at the top of any list of essential oils. It is multipurpose and one of the easiest essential oils to access.
One of lavender’s main benefits is its soothing properties. A staple oil for anyone’s essential oil collection.
Chamomile is a popular stress-relieving oil. Roman chamomile is used to calm nerves and promote relaxation. German chamomile has been known to bring pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties. So if being unwell is adding to your stress load, this variety can help ease that. As mentioned before please do your research thoroughly before using.
Ylang ylang has a unique, pleasant smell and is excellent for helping you unwind when dealing with busy stressful times. It is a known mood booster and may well help to lift your feelings at the end of the day. Use it in the morning, before bed or anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Frankincense is an oil that has been used for thousands of years. It has a timeless scent and it is known to bring feelings of peace, relaxation and well-being to those who use it.
It is one of the more expensive oils, and although it can be used alone, it is also effective when used in combination with some of the other anti-stress oils.
Lemon is a bright and cheery essential oil. A perfect pick me up for any day really. If you know you might be facing a day with lots of ups and downs then it’s perfect. It is known to affect the autonomic nervous system in a positive way.
Many people associate good feelings with the scent of lemon, and this alone is reason to include lemon essential oil in your collection. This is definitely one of my favourites. One word of caution though, if you decide to invest in an electric diffuser please do check the suitability of using citrus oils. I know I can’t use citrus oils in mine.
How to Use the Oils
Essential oils have been shown to enter the bloodstream when they are inhaled or applied topically to the skin in a carrier oil. They can be diffused alone, or in a combination of oils that team up to combat a specific problem, which in this case is to help de-stress and to aid relaxation.
Apply to the feet at bedtime
Essential oils can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the feet before bed for a good night’s sleep without all-night worrying. Experiment to find the combination that you love and that brings you feelings of peace. Use any carrier oil that you like – whether it be almond, apricot, olive, coconut, avocado or anything else you have on hand, of course ensuring you have no allergies! You might also wish to treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage.
Having an essential oil diffusing in a room is a great way to introduce oils to your home. You don’t have to go to a lot to expense here but in my Neal’s Yard shop you will find some reasonably priced diffusers. You just add a few drops of oil to some water, pop into the space in the diffuser for the water and diffuse into your room. Check out the diffusers here. You can also buy reed diffusers which are equally lovely. Check them out here.
As a massage therapist I’m able to offer aromatherapy massage to my clients. Patch tests do need to be performed prior to treatment though. Check out my treatments here and perhaps think about booking in for a lovely relaxing treatment once I am able to open up my treatment room again.
So, can essential oils help with stress? It’s definitely worth a try. I personally find using essential oils in my home help massively.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organics
As a Neal’s Yard Consultant, I thought it would be helpful to write this short blog on essential oils and stress. I’ve linked each of the products above to my Neal’s Yard shop so that you can, if you wish, find out more about each oil. You may also like to check out my Neal’s Yard shop and treat yourself. Check out the shop here.
For transparency I will make a small commission for any order you may place. This commission does not affect the price you pay. Once restrictions are lifted I am happy to place orders for you and deliver locally (Basingstoke) free of charge, therefore saving you the cost of postage.
DISCLAIMER:This blog is for information purposes only. Please ensure that you do your own research on essential oils before you purchase them.