Essential Oils for Stress Relief

The Holidays are wonderfully, amazingly one of the most stress inducing times of the year. I love the Holidays, don't get me wrong, no Bah Humbug here.....that doesn't however preclude the reality, that the Holidays are stressful . 

While "Fa la la la ing" it , I try to find ways to offset the strain and stress of wrapping, baking, decorating, writing cards and basic what am I doing with all this tinsel again..... by the use of essential oils. 

As I write this blog ,my shoulders have turned into boulders, and tension headaches have abound. First thing I did was put a blend of Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, and Orange in my diffuser, it smells heavenly. 

I have been a massage therapist and the use of essential oils is a staple in the ambiance of the room , but also aids with sore and achy muscles. 

female receiving massage

My base blend usually is Lavender, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. Adding Lemongrass or Lemon Balm is also a nice addition for soothing anxiousness and prevailing an over all calm. (dilute essential oils in your favorite carrier oil, Grapeseed or Coconut oil are my personal preference).

Essential Oils

Lavender, and Eucalyptus both have anti inflammatory properties, Lavender also known for its soothing and calming properties lends to the over all relaxing effect. Peppermint  (which I grow in abundance as this essential oil has numerous properties, that I use almost on a daily basis) is a staple in aiding headaches, muscle aches and sore joints (NCCIH,2020).

Lemongrass is amazing for your skin and the scent is soothing and relaxing as well, it is a wonderful companion with Peppermint and Lavender specifically. Lemon Balm being very well known for its aid in anxiety, stress and  sleeplessness, is another must that I grow and use in many an application.

In the swirling chaos of the season (or any time truly), take a moment and either use the above Essential oils in your favorite diffuser, mix in a rollerball applicator and apply to your temples, , behind your ears and on your wrists. Mix the blend and apply to achy , tired and sore muscles . 

Find the time to enjoy the moments, relish in the season, relax your mind and soothe your muscles. 

 References:

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. (2020). Peppermint                    Oil. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermint-oil 

 

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