We would all love to know about reducing stress by using essential oils. You only have to turn on the TV or open a newspaper to hear or read about recent events that have been happening in the world, some of which can cause stress to people receiving such information. Coronavirus has gripped the globe in recent months, it has affected a lot of people and caused them to suffer. Some people have lost relatives, some have lost jobs, some have lost their homes and this has caused detrimental effects on their state of wellbeing and health.
Despite this, it’s not only such widespread events that cause such stress. The media today is full of stories that can cause people to worry about what is happening closer to home. These are often about political issues, food shortages, panic buying, adverse weather which can lead to people worrying even more.
With the media only too happy to report on anything and everything that is happening, it is no wonder that people go home at night and look for different ways to relax. There are many different ways we can do this, but one of the most popular is to use essential oils. We seem to be looking for more natural ways to help with stress relief these days. A popular way to do this is by using aromatherapy and essential oils in the home for a calming effect.
Ways of reducing stress with essential oils
Using a diffuser or Oil Burner with essential oils
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils for relaxation is to add 1-3 drops to an aroma diffuser. A popular one is the Zoey Aroma diffuser in the picture. You can also add drops to the water in an oil burner for essential oils. To help ease every day stresses or strains you could try adding a few drops of bergamot, lavender and / or frankincense essential oils to the diffuser. This will also make a lovely aroma in the room which has soothing, therapeutic properties.
Massage for Reducing Stress using essential oils
Aromatherapy itself is used to treat a variety of disorders and one of the main applications of the essential oils is by massage. Mix 2 to 3 drops of Lavender or Roman Chamomile essential oil together in a teaspoon of carrier oil. This can be something like Sunflower oil or Sweet almond oil, and then massage into your hands and feet.
Bath and Shower for Relaxation
Essential oils can also be used very effectively in the bath or shower. When running your evening bath add up to 5 drops of Lavender essential oil to the running water. Adding the essential oils to a teaspoon of milk first or a carrier oil or shower gel base. This will help the essential oils naturally disperse in the water. The essential oils will be naturally inhaled with the steam and will also absorb into your skin. Be careful when standing if you have used a carrier oil in case it is slippery underfoot. For children over 2, elderly people or people with sensitive skin reduce the amount of essential oil by half.
There are a variety of essential oils used in aromatherapy, some of which are said to have calming effects on the body. These include lavender, bergamot, frankincense, valerian, basil and neroli and jasmine to name but a few. Not only can you help reducing stress with essential oils, there are many other uses too. One example of this is lavender oil, which has many uses including soothing cuts and bruises and helping with a good night’s rest.
Many shops now sell aromatherapy products, both on the high street and on the Internet. This is becoming increasingly popular, and beware as many new online retailers are selling cheaper, blended oils. To ensure you are buying quality essential oils, we recommend you check the supplier is an Aromatherapy Trade Council member.