Essential Oils for Combating Stress
As the holiday season approaches all the hustle and bustle that comes with it can drop that ball on our shoulders called “Stress.” In turn the ability to remain calm in an accelerated moment may become more difficult. How each individual handles holiday stress of course is uniquely their own. I tend to make use of essential oils. While I regularly use essential oils in my daily routine, there are a select few I call upon to aid during stressful times.
The most common and readily available is Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). It is noted for calming the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, and prompting brain sensory toward a relaxing state.
Bergamot is another go-to oil for me. It is in the citrus family as a hybrid fruit somewhat of a cross between orange, lemon, and lime. Again, it has calming properties.
Two oils that are on the more floral fragrant side are Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine (Jasminium officinale). These two oils appeal to the senses aromatically to promote a sense of calm.
My all-time favorite is Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis). This one oil is known for the uplifting and worry reducing properties. Ideally, it is an overall mood enhancer but it also assists in relaxation and calmness.
Each of the mentioned essential oils are very good to use in a diffuser, warm/cold compress or aromatherapy jewelry (which you can purchase at Pure Synergy). Combining any one of them with a carrier oil for massaging onto your feet or dabbing behind ears or onto temples is also very effective. Myself, I use essential oils along with Epsom salt for a stress-calming bath.
So, as the festive times draw near this year try using an essential oil to stay in good cheer.
by Penny Moss, Licensed Massage Therapist-