Today, I would like to discuss the use of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to held reduce the signs of stress. We have spoken about Lavender before and today I would like to discuss this remarkable gift from nature even more.
I find Lavender so beneficial that when I like to keep some freshly cut lavender in a vase near my workstation -- whether it be in my office or outside writing on the patio.
Everyone from time to time goes through stressful times. We have all been there. Whether it is something temporary–such as worrying about a car repair or an upcoming test, or longer lasting such as an unhappy relationship, financial troubles, etc.–stress affects our bodies on so many levels.
If I were to ask you what the main symptom of stress is in terms of health, you might say “a headache.” Tension headaches are a very common sign. Other signs, though, include a rapid heart rate, an increase in blood sugar levels, decreased energy, skin troubles ranging from paleness to breakouts, insomnia, and depression.
When I am stressed out, my skin just looks tired. My heart will race. My shoulders will tense up and have knots. I think we’ve all experienced these symptoms before. Then there’s insomnia. If I am stressed, I go to bed and then my mind starts zooming from issue to issue and I cannot relax. Then I worry that I’ll be tired the next day for not sleeping well. It’s quite a cycle. It’s at that time when I experience those symptoms that I realize I really need to get more in touch with my tranquil side once again.
Using Essential Oils can help relieve the symptoms of stress and find our way back to that peaceful and relaxed state. Ideally, you’ll also be using exercise, meditation, and healthy eating to help things along as well.
The most well known oil for relaxation and stress relief is Lavender.
It is, perhaps, the most well known of the Essential Oils.
Lavender, or Lavandula Angustifolia, is commonly grown throughout Europe, particularly in Bulgaria, France, and England. It can be grown here, though. I live in New York and actually have been able to grow it right in my garden. This fragrant herb is just lovely. It works well on its own or can be used in blends to enhance its effects.
Lavender, though, does much more than smell nice. A scientific research team at Texas A & M University conducted a study to measure a human’s response to odor. Study participants were asleep and given EEG tests. This study was conducted in 1992 and had interesting results. It showed that Lavender Essential Oil essentially lulled the participants to sleep sooner.
Lavender, though, is not the only oil out there with stress reduction properties. One of our Beneficial Blends created by Seed's Mixologist is the Stress Relief Blend. This is a synergistic blend of 100% pure Lavender, Patchouli and Clary Sage Essential oils.
- Patchouli is used for meditation and helps instill a sense of peace and calm.
- Clary Sage is believed to help combat mild signs of anxiety and depression.
Choose this blend in a Body Lotion, Body Oil, Lip Oil or in a Body Wash. Have you tried our Stress Relief Blend? How do you like it?