Essential Oils for Stress

Essential oils for stress relief can be so therapeutically relaxing because it really does work.

The nerves send signals from our nose  directly to different parts of the brain including the limbic and amygdala, which control our emotions, mood and memory.

These systems in the brain also control the autonomic nervous system that control heart rate, blood pressure, and rapid breathing or can soothe us by turning on the parasympathetic nervous system which relax our bodies.

This may help explain why scents can quickly trigger physical reactions in our bodies and have lasting effects.

As a pharmacist, i know that the nasal route can be long lasting and is a very effective route of administering medications, so it makes sense that using aromatherapy would have some of the same absorption and biochemical effects like anti-anxiety or other medicinal benefits.

Lavender has been well documented for it’s relaxing effects on the brain waves.  It helps for insomnia and has been found to reduce stress, post-partum depression and anxiety.

Frankincense which is another one of my favorites because it has so many benefits, which includes calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding for meditation.

Chamomile is good for inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking and anxiety.

Japanese Yuzu which is a type of fruit, has studies shown to soothe stress, anxiety and lower blood pressure.

Bergamot has studies shown to reduce tension, blood pressure and anxiety, along with some other therapeutic benefits.

Ylang Ylang has shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rate as well as having a calming effects.

Clary Sage used for balancing female hormones, has also be shown to have antidepressant like effects.

Valerian has shown to have calming effects, reduce anxiety and have relaxing effects.

Vetiver has a very earthy grounding smell has be used in trauma to calm and help with self-awareness or focus.

Rose oil has been used in pregnant women to reduce anxiety.

The above oils have other wonderful benefits but I focused on the stress reducing properties.  There are actually more essential oils that I can add but these are the ones that has had the most studies and I love to use myself.

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