I was speaking to my neighbour recently about what she could do to relax as she was stressed out with work and as I reeled off the masses of relaxation techniques that I use, we got onto the topic of essential oils.
She, like many others I speak to, she was not convinced they work. I knew that she was trying to stop smoking and so I asked her if she had a patch on, which she replied yes. “So you pop a patch onto your skin and you just believe this is doing what it is saying it is”…then a lightbulb went on and she realised that what we put onto our skin absorbs into our body.
I rattled off some of the ones I would use for helping to relax and unwind after a busy day and the various methods that you can use the oils.
My top Relaxation Essential Oils
The lavender oil has been graded as one of the best essential oils for relaxation and health. This is because of the pharmacological benefits and the rich natural ingredients inherent in it. It helps in relieving stress and aids in giving a good night sleep. Also, it soothes and heals muscle cramps, helps to put the mind at a state of rest.
This is botanically known as Citrus Sinensis. It has great results when used by either adults or children. It is a great essential oil for relaxation as it helps to calm the mind, ease stress and put frustration at bay.
This essential oil has great benefits to heart health. It resolves issues such as palpitations of the heart, eases the body tension and helps to balance the hormones of the body. It also has high therapeutic effects to ensure that people sleep well at night after the stress of the day.
This essential oil is the key in boosting the immune system and it is also very important in handling issues that relate to menopause in women. It balances the hormones in the body and it is also good for mature skin and can be used for other forms of skin care. Generally, geranium calms the nerves and it uplifts and balances the body system.
Both historically and in line with ancient traditions, this oil has a rich background. Botanically known as Boswellia Carterii, this oil is quite soothing and calming. It is one of the best options in putting the body and soul at ease. This beautifully fragranced and richly endowed oil works against various forms of irritation and lack of sleep. As with most essential oils, it is also good for the body and helps to relieve the nerves when it is tense or exhausted. Frankincense is a good option and delivers high value to its users.
This mint based essential oil is also known botanically as Mentha Spicata. It is good for mental health and helps to put the emotional state of the user in the right frame. It also has great soothing effects and has curative properties. It is also good for use when you want a positive body stimulant especially after undergoing training periods or activities.
Premenstrual syndrome can sometimes lead to hormonal imbalance and this can lead to certain levels of discomfort to our nerves. Rose essential oil is very good for handling this issue. It is good on the nerves and also very calming and soothing to the skin. It is pertinent to note that some individuals have a uniquely sensitive skin and when this scenario arises, the best bet is to make use of rose essential oil.
While each of the oils above can be used alone, you may find that you enjoy blending them as well. You can experiment to find a blend that works best to help you relax and manage stress. Here are some ideas.
Calming Blend Blend these EOs in a small glass container, and then use the blend in one of the ways described at the bottom of this section.
- 4 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Geranium
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang
- 2 drops Sweet Orange (or Tangerine)
Deep Relaxation Blend Add these oils to a small glass container, and then use the blend in one of the ways described at the top of this page.
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Tangerine (or Sweet Orange)
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang
- 2 drops Patchouli
Ways to Use Essential Oils
- For massage, dilute 3-5 drops of the aromatherapy blend in an ounce of carrier oil (such as grapeseed or jojoba oil).
- For diffusion, use the blend (undiluted) in an electric nebulizer. For passive diffusion, place a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and sniff.
- For the bath, use 1-4 drops of the blend mixed with 1/4-1/2 cup bath salts, or with 2 ounces of milk (not non-fat milk). A word of caution: especially without the milk, the oils can sit on top of the water rather than mixing in, allowing them to make undiluted contact with your skin. Do a “patch test” before using them in the bath, to make sure that the oils don’t irritate your skin. (And believe me, they can!)
Essential Oil Cautions
- Always keep EOs out of the reach of children. Do not use essential oils on children without discussing it first with their health care provider.
- If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, have heart disease, epilepsy, high blood pressure or diabetes, seek the advice of a health care professional before using any aromatherapy/essential oils.
- Skin test all oils before using. Apply a small amount to the skin on your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs.
- Do not ingest, either straight or blended. They are not intended to be taken orally.
- Keep all aromatherapy products away from eyes and mucous membranes. If redness, burning, itching or irritation occur, stop using product immediately and consult your medical provider if self treatment is not effective. If irritation does occur, wash the area with mild soap, then apply vegetable oil, not water, to the affected area and dry.
- Citrus oils are photosensitizers. Stay out of the sun after using
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