The Essential Guide to Essential Oils Part 2: Relaxation and Mood Balance

December 14 2016

Jacqueline Rosenhek

As it has been previously mentioned, essential oils are useful for creating ambiance to help change the tempo in your day to day life. It is a useful alternative for people who want something less invasive than typical medicines. Whether they are being applied topically or being diffused, essential oils can create enough of an impact to set a tone for yourself whether it is for a moment or for the entire day. Many people turn to essential oils as a means to help them change their mood from a negative one to a positive one, and there are many essential oils that can do that, whether they are mixed together or apart and in many different formats. Anxiety, stress, depression, these are all struggles people deal with day in and day out so it is useful to have many different options and alternatives on hand and essential oils can prove to be quite useful.

Lavender is an essential oil that is very well-known for its relaxing, even mildly sedative properties. When inhaled, the scent of lavender triggers the part of the brain in charge of emotions called the amygdala gland and helps you to relax. This can be achieved through diffusion or by putting a few drops on your hands, cupping them and inhaling. You could also use almond oil as a base and mix a few drops of lavender essential oil and rub the mix on your body so you can surround yourself with the smell of lavender.

Ylang ylang is another essential oil that is known to be very useful in helping people relax and feel happier. Native to Indonesia, this flower is used in an essential oil to help relieve stress by helping to lower blood pressure and preventing heart arrhythmia as well as helping to boost the libido.  This can be done also by mixing ylang ylang with an almond oil base and then massaging your hands and feet with the mixture, or you can diffuse the essential oil or rub some into the palms of your hands and breathe it in to help yourself de-stress.

We all know the smell of orange to be a particularly pleasant one for most people. It’s sweet, citrusy, tangy scent has a tendency to make whoever is smelling it feel at least a little bit more at ease, and that is because it is quite useful for relaxation as well. Orange is known for its uplifting, anti-depressant properties, it’s bright, fresh smell is what makes it stand out from most other essential oils associated with relaxation and staving off depression.

In order to eliminate fatigue caused by stress, it is useful to mix a relaxing essential oil with a typically more invigorating, energizing essential oil. Lavender mixed with peppermint, for example, is good for relieving tension headaches caused by stress and is known to help with concentration while helping you keep nice and calm. A similar example to this would be rosemary and orange which not only helps to de-stress and boost your mood but it also helps stimulate your appetite when anxiety is stifling it.

Whether you diffuse them, use them topically, burn them or bathe with them, essential oils are a very useful and creatively stimulating tool in helping to set your mood to how you want by mixing and matching different aromas to personalize your ambiance.

 

 

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