Aromatherapy for Peace and Tranquility
The past few months have been extremely hectic for us! Launching a website is a major transition, and our stress level has been through the roof! Most days, we’ve felt like we were hanging precariously on the edge.
Through all the website changes, and folks asking us when were we launching, we’ve been calming our nerves with aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has been used since the beginning of time to bring about relaxation and stress relief. The ancients burned fragrant spices and resins as incense. Oils were often infused with various flowers and herbs for healing massage and perfume. Aromatherapy is an effective tool to use during meditation, or for any time there’s a need to combat anxiety, stress, tension, nervousness, or depression. Please be aware, that essential oils should not be a replacement for medical advice.
The most effective way to deliver the calming elements of essential oils to the bloodstream and the brain is through inhalation. Aromatherapy diffusers and burners are simple and affordable ways of maximizing the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Below, we share our favorite essential oils, as well as a few recipes to get you started on clean, pure, and natural stress and anxiety relief.
Essential Oils for Stress Relief:
Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) has a woody, balsamic, and sweet aroma, that is intoxicating yet soothing and calming to the mind, heart, and spirit. It helps to quiet anxiety, stress, and depression.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclaria) has a soft, sweet musky scent with woody undertones, and is great for mental fatigue, emotional shock, and nervousness. Clary Sage is somewhat euphoric, but helps to relax and renew the spirit. Do not use during pregnancy.
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum Annuum) has a beautifully sweet, fruity, and camphor like fragrance, and has been touted to promote emotional stability, calmness, and relaxation. Blue tansy has been effective in combating tension and anxiety. Do not use during pregnancy.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustafolia) is a sweet and floral essential oil that is known for its calming and relaxing properties, as well as its ability to promote a restful sleep.
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) is an amazing ancient oil with a woody, spicy, balsamic and citrus fragrance that has been used for thousands of years to offer wonderful mood support and can help improve focus, minimize distractions, and improve concentration. It also reduces hyperactivity, impatience, irritability, and restlessness.
Vetiver (Chrysopogon Zizanioides) a member of the grass family, had a sweet, heavy, earthy, and woody fragrance with powerfully calming and grounding effects on emotions. It can be used to relieve stress, promote restful sleep, and aid in recovery from emotional trauma and shock. Use with caution during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester
Calming meditation and message oil blend
Myrrh - 4 drops
Sandalwood - 6 drops
Frankincense - 10 drops
Clove bud -2 drops
Cistus - 2 drops
Clary Sage - 6 drops
Ylang Ylang 2 drops
Blend all essential oils in an amber glass bottle. Add 2 to 4 ounces of jojoba oil and shake well to blend. To use in a diffuser, omit the jojoba oil in the blend, and add 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil mixture to your diffuser. Recipe can be doubled.
Uplifting oil blend
Mandarin - 10 drops
Lavender - 5 drops
Jasmine - 3 drops
Sandalwood - 3 drops
Blend all essential oils together in an amber glass bottle. Add 4 ounces of jojoba oil and shake well to blend. To use as a calming spray, omit the jojoba oil and add the blended essential oils to 25 drops of vegetable glycerin and shake well to blend. Then add the mixture to 4 ounces of distilled water and shake vigorously to blend well. Shake well before each use. Recipe can be doubled.
This is not an exhaustive list of essential oils or recipes to use to assist you in combatting stress and anxiety. There is a vast amount of essential oils available. Many use essential oils based on their fragrance profile, and some use them for their therapeutic profile. Choose the essential oils that best suit your needs, being careful to choose only high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.
Please note, that essential oils do not blend with just water. Before adding essential oils to your bath or shower or to use as a spray, please blend them with vegetable glycerin, which acts as a natural emulsifier.
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