3 Essential Oils to Help You Relax and De-Stress

By Louisa Pini - Holistic & Clinical Aromatherapist -

With the summer holidays a distant memory and dare I mention it, Christmas just a few months away, now is an excellent time to start making some time for yourself to relax and de-stress.

WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO DE-STRESS?

Long term stress can result in headaches, muscular tension, acne breakouts, digestive disorders and much worse. In medical terms, when your body is under stress it is taking the fight or flight response; the basic primitive response to prepare you to fight or run. Hormones including cortisol are released into your bloodstream which increase the heart rate, make you breathe faster and your digestion is halted. However, when you don’t have the chance react to in this way these hormones remain in your body and have a long term negative impact on your health. This will continue unless you can stimulate your body’s relaxation system and this is where essential oils can help

Your body is amazing.  As well as having a stress response you also have an in-built relaxation response as outlined by Dr Herbert Benson in 1975.

TOP 3 ESSENTIAL OILS TO HELP YOU TO RELAX AND DE-STRESS

Lavender

1.Ylang Ylang

Acts on the parasympathetic nervous system and slows your heart rate and breathing which in turn can help to lower blood pressure. It does the opposite to adrenaline. When everything is racing and you feel panicked or anxious, you can’t switch off your mind, pop a drop of this in your oil burner or onto a tissue and take a few deep slow breaths.

2.Lavender

Has wonderful sedative properties and is recommended to help you sleep. It has a calming and soothing scent and a recent study in Turkey revealed that Lavender essential oil increased quality of sleep and reduced level of anxiety in patients.[1]

3.Bergamot

This gentle oil has a lovely fresh and lightly citrus fragrance. Often when we feel stressed or under pressure we can become depressed. In the Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi describes Bergamot wonderfully when she says “…it uplifts and refreshes the spirit. The gentle fragrance, like a bouquet of flowers evokes joy and warms the heart”.

These 3 oils blend very well together and so here is a recipe for a bath blend to help you relax and de-Stress.

Bath blend recipe to relax and destressbath candlesIngredients

2 drops of Ylang Ylang

3 drops of Lavender

3 drops of Bergamot

10 ml of carrier oil like sweet almond oil or apricot kernel

Method

Mix all of the above together and add to a warm bath, soak and relax for 10 minutes

If you can get a regular routine in to place now, be it a Friday night aromatherapy bath or a daily 5 minute meditation with a drop of Lavender oil you will certainly find it easier to cope with the Christmas shopping, visiting loved ones and avoiding coughs & colds and your body will thank you for it.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26211735

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