• The 7 Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief

    Everyone is looking for that one perfect thing that will make all their stress melt away.

    Essential oils

    Supposedly it doesn’t exist, but I keep looking for it anyway; so far to no avail.  What I HAVE found in its absence are 7 essential oils that either by themselves or in combination are really great at taking down the stress response at least a few notches.

    1. Peppermint – is a stimulant, nervine (relaxes the nervous system), stomachic (improves digestion), vasoconstrictor (makes blood vessels contract) and cephalic (stimulates and clears the mind). It works really well to reduce or relieve paranoia, irritability, hysteria, despair, depression, apathy, nervous tension, nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, mental exhaustion, and poor concentration.
    2. Ylang ylang – is an antidepressant, hypotensive (reduces blood pressure), nervine  (relaxes the nervous system), sedative, and  tonic (strengthens and improves bodily performance). It helps to reduce or relieve poor concentration, mental fatigue, mental exhaustion, nervous tension, nervous exhaustion, anger, anxiety, apathy, depression, despair, fear, hostility, hysteria, insomnia, irritability, panic, and paranoia.
    3. Roman chamomile – is an antidepressant, digestive (aids digestion), nervine (relaxes the nervous system), restorative (restores and revives health),  sedative, and mild vasoconstrictor (makes blood vessels contract a little). It is a wonderful oil to help reduce or relieve paranoia, irritability, insomnia, hysteria, hostility, grief, fear, depression, anxiety, anger, nervous tension, nervous exhaustion,
    4. Frankincense – is an antidepressant, digestive, immune stimulant, sedative, and tonic (strengthens and improves bodily performance). It does a great job at reducing or relieving nervous tension, nervous exhaustion, anger, anxiety, apathy, depression, despair, fear, irritability, panic, and paranoia.
    5. Lavender – is an antidepressant, cordial (stimulant and tonic for the heart), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), nervine (relaxes the nervous system), restorative (restoring and reviving health), and sedative. It is known to reduce and relieve paranoia, panic, irritability, insomnia, hysteria, hostility, grief, despair, depression, anxiety, anger, and nervous tension.
    6. Vetiver – is an antidepressant, anti-anxiety, nervine (relaxes the nervous system), nervous system sedative, and tonic (strengthens and improves bodily performance). It is great at relieving nervous tension and nervous exhaustion especially when you’re feeling ungrounded.
    7. Basil – is an antidepressant, cephalic (stimulates and clears the mind), digestive, nervine (relaxes the nervous system), tonic (strengthens and improves bodily performance), and stimulant. It helps to reduce or relieve poor concentration, mental fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, mild depression, hysteria, insomnia, and paranoia.
    To use these oils to reduce your stress response, simply smell them. You can do that in several ways: open the bottle and take a whiff,  put a few drops on a cotton ball inside a small container – the less extra room in the container the better – then take it with you (wherever you go) to smell as needed, or diffuse some through the room with an essential oil diffuser. There are lots of kinds of diffusers from electric to candle-based to rings you put on top of a light bulb, so choose the one that you like the best.
    To help you sleep, simply put a few drops of ylang ylang, roman chamomile, or lavender on your pillow case or on a tissue inside your pillow case. *Caveat: high quality, pure essential oils of ylang ylang, roman chamomile, & lavender will not stain your pillow case. If staining occurs, you should invest in a higher quality oil.
    As a bonus, if stress gives you a headache you can put a drop of either peppermint of lavender on your temples (make sure to avoid your eyes) or at the base of your skull to help reduce your headache pain.

    P.S. If you do find the magic stress cure, would you please share it with me? In the meantime, enjoy your oils!

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