E: Essential Oils to De-stress
Aura Cacia states: Relaxation is the most desired benefit of aromatherapy. People crave respite from the stresses that fill our daily lives. Unfortunately, the world keeps piling on the anxiety while pulling us further away from what grounds and balances us. Aromatherapy is a way to reward ourselves simply and effectively with fragrant, natural substances that nourish mind, body and spirit.
Essential oils that help us achieve a state of relaxation include: chamomile, benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Dr. Axe has a page ‘The Top 7 Essential Oils for Anxiety’. These oils will all help you de-stress, a useful technique for anyone that works in a job that has a lot of public contact. He has information on these seven essential oils, along with guidelines on using each one:
This page also has a good de-stressing neck rub recipe: Lavender, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Chamomile, and Frankincense.
Easy Lavender Neck Rub
3 drops pure lavender oil
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil or almond oil
Blend the lavender oil and coconut or almond oil in your palm and rub onto your neck for natural anxiety relief. You can also rub onto the bottoms of your feet. This is perfect for anytime or just before bed.
Oh, decisions, decisions…which oil to use? A lot will depend on your own preferences for scents. My own personal all-time favorite is frankincense, closely followed by neroli, geranium, cedarwood, and bergamot. However, I have a dear friend that could live and breathe patchouli every day of the year.
These oils are all available from a multitude of online sources. However, if you aren’t familiar with how any of these smell, I’d advise a trip to your nearest health food store. Other healthy foods stores, such as Sprouts, or Whole Foods, also carry a selection of essential oils also. Try them out, see which ones you like and give them a try. Sometimes just a whiff from the bottle does a major de-stress, making you able to keep a smile on your face, able to survive another day.