De-Stress Essential Oil Blends
Declutter your mind and relax your body after a long day with our range of essential oil blends to help you de-stress, unwind, and recharge.
How can essential oils help relieve stress?
Using aromatherapy to help relax and balance the mind has been a practice put in place for thousands of years.
Many essential oils and essential oil blends can help relieve anxious thoughts and intense feelings by stimulating the olfactory system. This is the region in the brain that regulates emotions, heart rate, and blood pressure.
The use of aromatherapy has been known to positively affect this region with little to no side effects. Lavender is one of the more popular essential oils for stress and anxiety due to its high levels of linalool, a naturally occurring chemical constituent that is responsible for stimulating the olfactory system.
What essential oils help with stress?
Some of the best and most popular essential oils for stress include:
Perhaps the most widely used essential oil on this list, lavender’s high levels of linalool make it extremely competent for reducing stress, improving sleep quality, and lifting low moods. In fact, an evidence-based study conducted in 2013 even found that lavender could be more effective than some common over-the-counter stress medications.
Clary sage is another oil that contains naturally high levels of linalool and has been shown to be extremely competent in reducing levels of stress as well as regulating emotions and keeping blood pressure down.
Citrus oils, including lemon and bergamot, are commonly known for their ability to uplift the mind and promote feelings of balance, positivity, and renewal. A study conducted in 2006 even concluded that lemon could be more beneficial at reducing stress than popular lavender oil.
Famous for its soft and beautiful scent, ylang ylang is also able to positively influence the processes in the hippocampus region of the brain, naturally encouraging producing of serotonin and producing a strong anti-anxiety effect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Essential oils can be applied to various areas to help de-stress. Common application points include the wrists, temples, neck, and chest.
These areas have pulse points where the oils can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, inhaling the aroma directly from the bottle or using a diffuser can promote relaxation.
Everyone's preference and sensitivity to scents may vary, so experiment with different application methods to find what works best for you.
If you plan to use a de-stress blend topically, it is generally recommended to dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil.
Carrier oils help ensure proper application and minimise the risk of skin irritation or sensitisation from the concentrated essential oils.
However, if you are using the de-stress blend in a diffuser or inhalation method, carrier oils are not necessary.
The number of drops of essential oil to use in a diffuser for de-stressing can vary depending on the size of your diffuser and personal preference.
As a general guideline, you can start with 3-5 drops of essential oil for smaller diffusers and increase the amount up to 8-10 drops for larger ones.
However, it's always best to follow the specific instructions provided with your diffuser.
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How to use essential oils for stress
One of the best and most popular ways to use your essential oils and essential oil blends is through the process of aromatherapy.
Adding your chosen essential oil to a steam diffuser or oil burner is the easiest way for the scent of the oil to fill your space, allowing it to gradually relax you and balance your emotions as the day progresses.
Alternatively, you can hold the essential oil bottle to your nose and inhale directly - or add it to a tissue or cotton pad for a similar effect. This is a great method if you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed on the go.
Essential oils and blends can also be used in therapeutic massages when combined with carrier oils. Many stress-reducing oils, such as lavender and clary sage, have been known to reduce pain in certain areas of the body, so this is a good method to use if you have any stubborn aches.