5 Essential Oils Shown To Eliminate Stress
Stress is a part of life that most of us would rather live without. With our hectic lives and increasingly demanding social calendars, it is necessary that we learn to reduce the effects of stress on our lives before it builds up, becoming toxic to mind, body, and spirit. While things like food, drink, and physical activity are essential to the creation of a healthy lifestyle, there are remedies that we need at times to correct mental and physical imbalances.
Essential oils have recently taken center stage as a very effective way to reduce stress and anxiety and promote emotional well-being. While it is something that we need to learn to manage in our daily lives, it does not have to control us. Using healthy oils to reduce stress can improve the quality of your health and your life. Here are some essential oils that can boost your well-being and lower your anxiety in a few simple applications:
Well known for its calming and restful properties, rose is a desirable essential oil for stressful situations where you need to think clearly. Knowing that you are walking into a stressful situation or string of events can heighten anxiety and stress; adding a few drops of rose to a handkerchief or dabbing on the inside of wrists will supply you with a calming breath and a calming moment in your hectic day.
Lavender has been used for years as a tension reducer and sleep enhancer. Application of a few drops of lavender oil in a warm bath is the perfect way to unwind after a long and hectic day. Something about the aroma as it swirls all around you inspires even the tensest muscles in your body to relax and your mind to quiet down.
Tension is most often held in the neck, shoulders, and back. The expression, "carry the weight of the world on your shoulders" is not coincidental! Over time, holding this chronic stress in the body can change your physiology and the way you carry yourself. Application of cedarwood essential oil to tired, stiff and sore muscles will refresh and relax these areas, allowing the body to experience fluidity of movement once more. Add a few drops of cedarwood to your pillowcase before sleep and you'll drift off to dreamland in no time!
Those "to do" lists just don't stop, do they? There is no feeling in the world quite as foreboding as a long list of things that need to be done and no idea how to start accomplishing them. Jasmine essential oil is a catalyst to help push through feelings of being stuck and not knowing what to tackle first. A few drops of jasmine behind each ear, and you'll experience a Tony Robbins moment where you feel like you can tackle the world. You may not be Robbins, but you can boost your creativity and productivity with Jasmine--have it on hand for those busy days when you know that you need to get a lot done.
If fear of the future is keeping you from accomplishing your daily tasks, sandalwood essential oil may be what you need. Its natural essence promotes clear thinking and a sense of well-being and harmony. In addition, its calming properties combat negative and fearful thinking that might be holding you back from experiencing life in a more positive way.
We all have stress in our lives. How we choose to look at it, and how we choose to deal with it, will determine whether we let it overtake us. Use of essential oils to calm anxiety and stress is a natural way to reclaim our health and wellness, and to experience life with joy and fervor once more.
About the Author:
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and owner of Pure Path. She has an eye for business, innovation and perfection - and a desire to help her family, her friends and herself live a healthy and happy life.
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