Sometimes we all need to create a zen-filled moment and what better way to do that than with essential oils? Essential oils are a fantastic way to introduce a bit of calm into your otherwise chaotic world. Essential oils are a safe and natural way to relieve anxiety while delivering a taste of serenity and positive feelings. They instill a sense of emotional and physical wellness.
Many of these oils act as a sedation trigger when they interact with our central nervous system. Studies show that they can help to treat insomnia, lower blood pressure, and help to manage symptoms associated with depression.
One of their most attractive qualities is their ability to create calm. Essential oils have a reputation for being both stimulating and calming. Therefore, its no wonder that they can relieve symptoms of depression while also helping to regulate symptoms of anxiety.
Creating Calm with Aromatherapy
You can create a calm environment in a couple of ways. Research demonstrates that by merely rubbing diluted forms of these EOs or inhaling them using aromatherapy triggers the release of chemical messages from our brain to other parts of our body that ultimately positively impact our mood and emotions.
Creating an atmosphere of calm can take place in the smallest of spaces in your home thanks to aromatherapy and can transform your “space” into a sanctuary.
There are several ways to use essential oils within the comfort of your home to promote calm. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts distilled from various flowers, leaves, grasses, roots, and twigs, therefore you must ensure that they are diluted before use. Aromatherapy entails the distribution or dispersion of essential oils into the air using a variety of methods including by way of the ever-favorite scent pot, diffuser, or spray. Merely mix five to eight drops of the chosen oil with an ounce of water, and you have the perfect blend to release your calming scent into the air.
You also have the option to sprinkle a few drops of essential oils to your tissue or my favorite is a few drops of eucalyptus on the bathroom wall when the shower is steaming up.
Which Essential Oils Create Calm Choosing the perfect essential oil to create calm will vary person to person. Your perfect oil will be personal.
Also, what works well today may not yield the same results tomorrow. There are many oils capable of helping you to create a calm atmosphere. Through a bit of trial and error, you can create your therapeutic world with the oil(s) that work best for you.
HERE ARE MY TOP OILS TO SET UP A CALMING ATMOSPHERE
Lavender Essential Oil
No essential oil list is complete without the mention of lavender. This essential oil ranks high on the list because of its unique capacity to act as a relaxing agent. Lavender helps to treat feelings of agitation and stress, relieve pain, and is beneficial in helping to treat insomnia. You can apply lavender oil topically or use it as a component of your aromatherapy ritual. It pumps out of our diffuser as a base oil for our evening blends!
Bergamot Essential Oil
A 2011 study was done on humans using a blend of Bergamot and Lavender oil to determine if a synergistic effect of using the blended oils would be a helpful treatment for depression and anxiety. The focused on checking the blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, and skin temperature, were recorded as indicators of the arousal level of the autonomic nervous system. “At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as ‘more calm’ and ‘more relaxed’ than subjects in the control
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Want to step outside of the essential oil box? Try adding a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your diffuser. Cedarwood possesses sedative properties can not only help to calm you but also promote sleep.
Cedarwood oil relieves spams and contains anti-inflammatory agents which may help to reduce joint stiffness and other forms of pain that prohibit us from relaxing. My fiancé Kevin is especially fond of this one at night blended with Lavender.
Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver helps to stabilize our mental and physical state while helping to soothe anxious feelings. Where there is physical or mental burnout, vetiver can have that calming effect on our nerves. This oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine to ground those with Vata-Imbalances. Add a few drops to your diffuser and it blends well with most other oils – I personally love blending Bergamot, Vetiver and Eucalyptus.
There are so many benefits to using essential oils, from improved nervous system function to stress relief, giving you an energy boost, helping as a digestive aid, calming your nerves and reducing anxiety. If you are a newbie to using essential oils – I always tell people to keep it simple by starting with a few oils and slowly adding one or two more into your collection each month. You will find that the more you use them, the more intuitive you will become about which ones work best for you in different moments of your days, weeks and life.