Sometimes we all need to create a zen-filled moment and what better way to do that than with essential oils? Essential oils are a fantastic way to introduce a bit of calm into your otherwise chaotic world. Essential oils are a safe and natural way to relieve anxiety while delivering a taste of serenity and positive feelings. They instill a sense of emotional and physical wellness.
Many of these oils act as a sedation trigger when they interact with our central nervous system. Studies show that they can help to treat insomnia, lower blood pressure, and help to manage symptoms associated with depression.
One of their most attractive qualities is their ability to create calm. Essential oils have a reputation for being both stimulating and calming. Therefore, it’s no wonder that they can relieve symptoms of depression while also helping to regulate symptoms of anxiety.
Creating Calm with Aromatherapy
You can create a calm environment in a couple of ways. Research demonstrates that by merely rubbing diluted forms of these EOs or inhaling them using aromatherapy triggers the release of chemical messages from our brain to other parts of our body that ultimately positively impact our mood and emotions (WebMD).
Creating an atmosphere of calm can take place in the smallest of spaces in your home thanks to aromatherapy. There are several ways to use essential oils within the comfort of your home to promote calm. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts distilled from various flowers, leaves, grasses, roots, and twigs, therefore you must ensure that they are diluted before use.
Aromatherapy entails the distribution or dispersion of essential oils into the air using a variety of methods including by way of the ever-favorite scent pot, diffuser, or spray.
Merely mix five to eight drops of the chosen oil with an ounce of water, and you have the perfect blend to release your calming scent into the air. Generally, you add a few drops of the oil to the water for aromatherapy.
You do not have to confine your aromatherapy to the confines of a diffuser, pot or spray bottle, however. You also have the option to sprinkle a few drops of essential oils to your bath water or tissue for inhalation. There are even jewelry lockets that hold essential oils for immediate use to deliver rapid results.
Which Essential Oils Create Calm
Choosing the perfect essential oil to create calm will vary person to person. Your perfect oil may not be your mother or sister’s favorite oil. Also, what works well today may not yield the same results tomorrow. There are many oils capable of helping you to create a calm atmosphere. Through a bit of trial and error, you can create your therapeutic world with the oil(s) that work best for you. Here are five essential oils for you to consider.
Bitter Orange essential oil offers users a wealth of benefits. Studies show that this essential oil can reduce anxiety while also enabling some users to reduce their antidepressant prescription (Shape.com).
Ylang Ylang essential oil helps to reduce our stress levels while also lowering blood pressure levels according to existing research (Shape.com)
Want to step outside of the essential oil box? Try adding a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your diffuser. Cedarwood possesses sedative properties can not only help to calm you but also promote sleep. Cedarwood oil relieves spams and contains anti-inflammatory agents which may help to reduce joint stiffness and other forms of pain that prohibit us from relaxing.
Valerian essential oil contains chemicals that have a calming effect on our nerves. Also, they have a sedative effect that can help to promote sleep. For best results, add a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser and inhale the scents.
No essential oil list is complete without the mention of lavender. This essential oil ranks high on the list because of it’s unique capacity to act as a relaxing agent. Lavender helps to treat feelings of agitation and stress, relieve pain, and is beneficial in helping to treat insomnia. You can apply lavender oil topically or use it as a component of your aromatherapy ritual.
Word of Caution
Take care when applying a diluted EO to your skin. Essential oils can be especially irritating and cause rashes or redness. Some “natural” oils can be toxic, triggering nasty allergic reactions in and on our bodies. Some oils cause your eyes and nose to burn, therefore, when applying to near any of your body’s orifices, proceed with caution.
Also, essential oils have a shelf-life. Be careful not to use oils that are sitting on your shelf for greater than three years. Oils can spoil and trigger an allergic reaction (WebMD).