THE TOP 5 ESSENTIAL OILS TO HELP YOU RELAX AND WAYS TO USE THEM
In our fast-paced, high-stress society, it can be hard to find time for ourselves. When we do finally get some "me" time, relaxation is often the first thing on our mind. The problem is that there are so many relaxation methods available, and not all of them suit everyone. That's why today I want to share with you my favorite essential oils and their benefits, which we use to recenter and find our inner peace.
We all know that it can be hard to achieve inner peace. Many of us struggle with stress every day, and sometimes we just need a little extra help finding our center.
The MOXĒ Peace Aromatherapy Nasal Inhaler is the perfect solution for achieving greater levels of calmness. This product is convenient on hand and portable aromatherapy. You can use this inhaler anywhere you go!
Our Peace Aromatherapy Nasal Inhaler contains an essential oil blend that includes bergamot, mandarin, geranium, and lime oils - making it easier than ever to find your zen place when life gets stressful!
Keep reading if you want to know more about the benefits of each oil and how you can incorporate them into your life.
Overview and History of Essential Oils for Relaxation
In ancient civilizations like Egypt, people used essential oils for both medicinal purposes and ceremonial practices. Egyptians had a major interest in using essential oils for medicinal purposes. They are one of the first civilizations that wrote about these uses - which can be seen on papyrus scrolls from 1600 BC.
The use of essential oils for relaxation purposes is one of the common uses in our modern society. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, incorporating the use of essential oils, hydrosols (water), and carrier oils for holistic healing. Essential oils are used to heal mind, body and spirit; returning it back to a state of equilibrium.
In more recent times, essential oils have exploded in popularity, with an increase of people now choosing to incorporate these ingredients into their lifestyle. One reason for this is that they are natural and non-toxic, which many people find appealing due to safety concerns when using other products.
If you are interested in learning more about essential oils for relaxation and how to use them, this blog post may be helpful. Let's go over the 5 best essential oils you should try next time you're feeling stressed.
What are the 5 best essential oils to use for relaxation?
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil’s calming properties make it an excellent choice to help you enter relaxation.
Lavender helps calm us and relaxes the mind, making it a wonderful choice for people who are otherwise prone to stress and anxiety.
Research also indicates lavender can reduce feelings of nervousness or cortisol levels- this is important for places like dental offices, airports and hospitals where things just feel high-strung all the time.
Finally, studies show that lavender can help with sleep in people who have difficulty falling asleep or maintaining good quality sleep.
2. Bergamot Essential Oil
This essential oil has a citrus scent and is mildly stimulating and uplifting. Bergamot is composed through steam-distilling the peel of bergamot plants (Citrus aurantium).
Bergamot offers two notable benefits: general calming effects and sedative properties, making it easy for someone feeling high anxiety to relax quickly.
Bergamot has been attributed several health benefits ranging from:
- lifting depressed feelings
- providing relief from anxiety
- increasing self-confidence
- improving energy levels
The bergamot essential oil acts on the limbic system - which controls hormone production and regulates our moods with various chemicals. Studies have shown that those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mood-related disorders, usually show an improvement to their mental health and well-being after exposed to bergamot aromatherapy.
3. Mandarin Essential Oil
Mandarin essential oil is relaxing, has a very pleasant scent, and can be used like bergamot for anxiety relief or help calm you down when feeling nervous or anxious about the day ahead of you.
The chemical makeup in mandarin oil is similar to the chemical compounds found in bergamot and lavender, making it relaxing without being sedating.
Mandarin essential oil is relaxing because of its effects on the limbic system as well, which regulates hormones that control moods with various brain chemicals.
In fact, mandarin essential oil is perfect for when you need a little relaxation! Unlike other citrus oils, Mandarin essential oil promotes peace and calm rather than energy. It’s the natural mood booster that can also improve sleep quality or soothe frazzled nerves. This calming scent makes it ideal as an aroma before bedtime or added in warm bathwater.
4. Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is relaxing and helps to promote a positive mood. It can help you feel better about being anxious in the moment - but it will not cause drowsiness or hinder your ability to be productive when feeling stressed out!
It has an herbaceous, peppery scent that can be used in aromatherapy or added into your bath water for a relaxing soak.
Geranium also offers some stress-reducing effects by relaxing muscles as well as helping with anxiety disorders such as PTSD and depression.
The chemical compounds found in Geranium essential oil are citronello, geraniol, linalool, citronellal formate. Researchers have found that these compounds make the oil relaxing and calming.
Geranium can also help relieve feelings of anger and sadness which often contribute to anxiety disorders. It can be used alongside other relaxing herbal remedies like lavender or bergamot to help promote a sense of calmness.
5. Lime Essential Oil
Lime essential oil smells sweet and tangy, with a hint of citrus. It is often used for relaxing purposes - it can ease nervous tension while also combating feelings of stress or anxiety.
Lime oil has been found to have calming properties that are similar to those in lavender essential oils, which makes them good options when dealing with stress or anxiety. In fact, many studies have shown the benefits of lime oil in aiding with anxiety, stress, and depression when combined with a massage.
The chemical compounds found in lime essential oil are limonene, beta pinene, gamma terpinene, and citral. These compounds help create the relaxing effects that it has on the body when inhaled or added to a bath for aromatherapy purposes.
Other health benefits of lime oil include its ability to fight depression and help with feelings of stress. Lime essential oil can be inhaled as a relaxing scent and has been shown to have calming effects on the body while also providing an uplifting mood - it's a great choice for aromatherapy purposes!
How To Use Essential Oils
There are two main ways you can use essential oils—through diffusion and topically.
Diffusion is the inhalation of essential oil vapors, which can have a soothing effect on your mood and may also offer some benefits to respiratory health when used in moderation.
To use an essential oil topically, it must be diluted before you apply it to your skin or hair; this prevents any adverse reactions.
How to diffuse essential oils
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil blend to a diffuser. Aromatherapy diffusers come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common is an electric device that disperses oils into the air via atomization or nebulizing; some use water instead of aerosol for more soothing benefits.
Don't have a diffuser at home? You can also add your favorite blend to boiling water on the stovetop or try a portable essential oil diffuser device to keep the benefits of your favorite oils close at hand throughout the day.
How to use them topically
Dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil or lotion before you apply them to the skin. This will help prevent any adverse reactions and protect against sensitization, which may increase the risk of allergies in topical use. Consider patch testing your skin before using a topical solution if you are particularly sensitive to topical treatments. Check out our page to learn how to conduct your own skin patch test.
Safely Using Essential oils
Essential oils are usually very safe to use, but using them improperly can make you sick. There are a few essential oil safety tips that you should know before trying any new essential oil remedy:
- Store essential oils in an area of your home or office where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures - such as inside vehicles, on high shelves in the kitchen, or near a window.
- Do not sniff essential oils directly from an essential oil bottle - first add a few drops to your palm and rub them together with your hands before inhaling the aroma. Certain oils are extremely irritating and can cause skin reactions. It's best to dilute prior to direct contact.
- Never ingest essential oils without consulting with one of our highly trained staff about what is safe for ingestion.
We hope you found this article helpful and informative! As always, if there’s anything we can do to help our readers relax more, please let us know. Next time you're feeling a little tense, consider trying out lavender, bergamot, mandarin, geranium, and lime essential oils as mentioned in this post and find your favorite way to relax!
However, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to reap the benefits of essential oils then consider our Peace Essential Oil Blend. It is a 100% pure and organic essential oils blend that will help you experience calmness and relaxation and promote a deep sense of tranquility.
Take advantage of your new relaxation arsenal today by ordering one for yourself or as a gift for someone else in need of some peace and tranquility.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for our next blog post!