When it comes to soothing the senses and calming the mind, aromatherapy can make a huge difference in the lives of those who suffer from anxiety. The benefits are wide reaching. When we think of essential oils the first world that rolls off anybody’s tongue is usually ‘lavender oil’. Yet there is an abundance of oils are there that can help us to tune out, quiet the mind, improve our sleep and ease our overall anxiety.
Before we go any further, it should be noted that there is a reason lavender oil has been so lauded by aroma therapists, beauty therapists and anyone looking for calm in their lives. It is one of the most effective anti-stress aromatherapy oils at our disposal. Lavender oil can settle and restore the nervous system, helping with restlessness, panic attacks, insomnia and relaxes you.
Not everybody is a fan of the smell of lavender though, so today we’re talking three alternative aromatherapy oils to help alleviate stress and anxiety and introduce from your day-to-day life.
This oil can be a little pungent so a little goes a long way. Geranium restores balance, calms nervous energy and can relieve stress and tension. It is an uplifting scent which can improve one’s mood and sense of wellbeing.
Try this: Add a drop into an oil burner or oil diffuser to distribute the scent throughout the room for an overall release of negative energy and emotions.
One of the oldest known uses for ylang ylang was as an anti-depressant. It can relax feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. Known for its sedative properties, ylang ylang can be a great option for those who suffer from insomnia as well as assist in lowering blood pressure. It can also stimulate positive emotions such as happiness and hope, making it a real mood lifter!
Try this: Add a drop to your wrists as a fragrance that can help balance your mood and emotions during your next big meeting or deadline.
While rose is actually considered a stimulant by improving a sense of wellbeing and happiness, it also works to help relieve panic attacks, shock and depression. Rose oil is said to settle the emotions and leave you in a calmer state.
Try this: Add a few drops to an Epsom salt bath to detoxify the body and completely drift into a happy state of calm.
It’s important to note that not every oil is to be used in the same way. While some of perfect to add to your bath, others might cause a reaction when directly applied to the skin. Be sure to speak with a professional before applying oils to your body; you may just need to add a few drops to a diffuser to get the best result.
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