Aromatherapy

Can Essential Oils Reduce Stress?

Can Essential Oils Reduce Stress-

Unfortunately stress is becoming more and more part of our everyday lives these days. With the state of our health becoming more and more effected by the different types and amount of stress we experience. Which is why it’s important to try and make our lives as stress free as we can and aromatherapy essential oils can especially help us reduce the amount of stress we are increasingly becoming exposed too. 

There are various types and degrees of stress and sometimes these different types of stress can exacerbate each other. For example; The environmental stress you suffer at work can cause mental which when taken home, can lead to emotional stress. 

Essential Oils For Different Types Of Stress 

 Environmental Stress – can be caused by  bright lights over your desk, noise of machinery, the constant ringing of the phone or too cramped office space

  • Cedarwood, Cypress, Basil, Coriander, Chamomile, Bergamot, Geranium.

 Chemical Stress – can be caused by too many cups of coffee, too much junk food, too many painkillers or antibiotics, inhaling factory or office pollutions or smoking.

  • Lavender, Geranium, Lemon, Patchouli, Clary-sage, Rosemary, Pettigraine, Grapefruit.

 Physical Stress – can be caused by pushing your body to the limits, working out at the gym, driving long distance, insomnia. 

  • Rosemary, Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Bergamot, Fennel, Marjoram, Thyme. 

 Mental Stress – can be caused by trying to achieve, exams, anguish over uncompleted jobs, unemployment,  meeting deadlines or financial worries.

  • Geranium, Basil, Cardamom, Lavender, Bergamot, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Grapefruit. 

 Emotional Stress – can be caused by relationship problems, parental guilt, grief or feeling unloved / cared for. 

  • Geranium, Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cardamom, Palma Rose. 

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All these different types of stress occur in varying degrees and the essential oil blends you use takes these levels of stress into consideration.  By identifying the degree of stress from the categories below, you can then choose the right blend of essential oils that be the most effective for you. 

 Level 1 (Blend 1) : starts as tiredness and develops into irritability, headaches and insomnia. 

Level 2 (Blend 2) : depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, helplessness. 

Level 3 (Blend 3) : persecution complex, despair, increasing guilt and depression, susceptibility to viral /bacterial infection.

Level 4 (blend 4) : unexplained pain, heart problems, strokes and high blood pressure, ulcers. 

Essential oil blends for stress

Using essential oils can help alleviate the stresses along side other effective relaxation techniques such as; A monthly massage or aromatherapy treatment helps to keep on an even keel. Sport and exercise also help tremendously if you are suffering from physical stress and also some people have found working out at a gym or going to yoga are effective for working off tension from work. 

 The most important thing is, you make yourself priority by planning things around your personal requirements, learning to say no and delegating, after all we are not supper human. Set a period of time during the day which you cannot be interrupted, turn your mobile to silent and spend time doing something you enjoy.  

What is your favourite essential oil blend for helping to reduce your stress? 

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