Have you found yourself stressed out at all in the past few months? Do you have ways to help yourself cope? Most people can answer ‘yes’ to the first question, and thankfully there are so many tools available to help. There are many options to consider! Whether it’s eating nourishing foods, staying hydrated, exercising, sleeping, getting a massage or even talking to someone about how you’re feeling.
Another tool to consider is using aromatherapy to help manage emotions during stressful times. Essential oils work directly on the limbic system, located in the brain, to help regulate and process emotions properly. The list of oils that can be helpful is long. Virtually any essential oil that will provide feelings of calm to your body is going to help reduce stress.
What essential oils should you use?
Most larger essential oil companies have blends they have created to help with specific situations such as stress. But, there are many single essential oils that can be used too. Here is a short list of oils you might consider: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sacred Sandalwood, Frankincense, Davana, Valerian, Bergamot and Sage. Some people find that a blend of different oils works best for them, and some people gravitate towards just a single essential oil.
When applying essential oils, there are several different methods you can use. There are several ways you can use oils to support your emotions. From diffusing the oil, inhaling or applying them topically to your skin – diluted if necessary. Applying oils 3-4 times a day is best for optimal results. Oftentimes a diffuser running at night can be helpful for restful sleep and increased relaxation. Just like with other natural approaches, you might not see a dramatic difference with just one use. Essential oils are best used multiple times a day over a period of time for maximum results.
*Note that choosing high-quality essential oils is very important. In some cases the use of a carrier oil is necessary. Contact our office for essential oil recommendations.
Sommer Cantwell, RN