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November 05, 2018

Stress is regarded as one of the most important issues of our time. The impacts of living in a fast-paced environment can be detrimental to mental and physical health. Some of the major causes of stress and anxiety can be attributed to lack of sleep, increasing commitments and work pressure. Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Inhaling and topically applying essential oils can help alleviate stress, insomnia or depression by stimulating areas of the brain responsible for emotions. Combined with mindfulness, essential oils can effectively help release negative emotions, calm the mind ad reduce stress. We've highlighted 10 of the best essential oils to help ease stress and anxiety:

1. Lavender

One of the most common essential oils to help combat anxiety, Lavender is a must have if you experience stress on a regular basis. Its high content in linalool and linalyl acetate are have been found by multiple studies to restore the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and decrease the effects of fight-or-flight response. It can help calm the nerves, appease restlessness and improve sleep quality. Use a lavender rollerball and apply to your temples and wrists.

2. Rose

The Queen of oils to calm the heart. The essential oil is extracted from the rose petals, and its scent is renowned to soothe emotions, headaches and balance hormones. Rose strengthens the heart in periods of high stress, grief, and depression. Use Rose 3% in a warm bath or apply directly on the skin to help with mood swings, hormones and emotions.

3. Ylang Ylang

Extracted from the Indonesian Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang promotes feelings of comfort and joy by simultaneously reducing heart rate and enhance mood. Inhaling Ylang Ylang can help release negative emotions and act as a natural depression remedy.

4. Bergamot

Produced from the peel of the aromatic citrus fruit, Bergamot essential oil has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the flow of vital energy, fight bacterial infections and support the digestive system. Bergamot essential oil is an effective antidepressant due to its mood enhancing qualities, promoting feelings of joy,  freshness and energy. Bergamot improves blood circulation, stimulate hormonal secretions and digestive juices.

5. German Chamomile

If you have already experienced the benefits of a hot chamomile tea at bedtime, you can certainly imagine the effects of the essential oil derived from this calming herb. Chamomile promotes inner calm, reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system.  Chamomile is also great to reduce inflammation of the digestive tract, also responsible for regulating mood and stress levels. Apply diluted Chamomile essential oil to the solar plexus and belly button to calm the nerves.  

6. Melissa

Lemon Balm, also commonly known as Melissa, has been used for hundreds of years for its medicinal and uplifting qualities giving it the name “elixir of life”. Melissa essential oil calms the mind, boosts immunity and strengthens the nervous system. It can act as a antidepressant and release feelings of sadness and worry. Add Melissa 3% to a warm bath or massage directly on the skin to promote deep relaxation.

7. Jasmine

Jasmine essential oil is widely used in parts of Asia as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression. In China, Jasmine has been traditionally sued to detox and clear the respiratory system. Jasmine acts as a natural sedative as well as having stimulating effects on the brain improving mood and energy levels. Apply Jasmine 3% directly to your wrists or neck to promote relaxation or add a few drops to a hot bath.

 8. Clary Sage

With a beautiful earthy smell, Clary Sage is effective in calming stress and anxiety due to its rich content in linalool and linalyl acetate. The oil acts as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of wellbeing and inner peace. Clary Sage is also known to act as a great hormone balancer and help reduce symptoms of PMS. Apply to feet or pulse points to help balance hormones or combine with a few drops of chamomile in a hot bath.

9. Neroli

Derived from the citrus fruit of the same name, Neroli has been long used for its range of qualities, including anxiety relief. Ancient Egyptian priests used Neroli essential oil to heal their bodies, minds and souls. It acts as a sedative, which regulates the metabolic system and releases feelings of anger, irritability and worry. It relaxes both body and soul. Add a few drops of Neroli 3% to a hot bath or massage directly on the skin.

 10. Basil

Often not as well known as other widely used essential oils, Basil is none the least one of the best essential oils to reduce anxiety and enhance mood. Considered the queen of herbs in India, it is revered and treated as sacred due to its highly beneficial properties. Basil essential oil has a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing anxiety, fatigue, mental strain and depression. It also acts as a natural stimulant, promoting peace and clarity of mind. Add a few drops to your diffuser and enjoy the soothing and relaxing aroma.

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