Take a deep breath! All will be well (my personal mantra when I'm coming unraveled!)
On this page I've gathered my favorite calming, comforting recipes for aromatherapy stress reduction. Use them any time you feel the urge to scream coming on... or better, even before that!
More and more people (even - gasp! - doctors) are turning to aromatherapy and other natural remedies for stress because they're proven to relieve anxiety, relax tension and calm rocketing nerves.
Aromatherapy cheers you up while at the same time it also calms you down. (Calm is good, happy is better, calm AND happy is the best!)
Now... Before we jump into the home remedies for stress, let's take a quick look at the workings of aromatherapy stress relief.
Aromatherapy triggers a positive emotional and physical response by stimulating your body's limbic (emotional) and endocrine (hormonal) systems.
For example, when you smell Lavender essential oil, its microscopic chemicals immediately trigger your system to calm your nervous system and relax your muscles.
Several studies over the past few years have found that Alzheimer's sufferers became less agitated when treated with lavender and melissa (lemon balm) essential oils.
... A study of depressed men showed that using citrus essential oils reduced their intake of antidepressants.
... Studies have found that marjoram essential oil increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood.
... Research has shown that ylang ylang essential oil boosts the body's production of endorphins (hormones that produce feelings of well-being and pain reduction.)
There you have it, folks! Aromatherapy is a proven natural remedy for stress relief. So... what are the best essential oils for aromatherapy stress reduction? Check these out...
Yes, I know you've heard this before, but self care is critical in fighting stress.
So many of us say "I just don't have time to take care of myself." But really, the cost of not doing so is just too high. When we burn out we're no good to anyone. You gotta break the "doing too much" habit!
If you're feeling completely out of control, start by taking at least two five minute breaks a day to calm and center yourself. (This really works!)
Stop doing all the million things on your plate. Just stop and breathe. Increase this to 15 minutes as your tolerance increases.
If even that's too hard (been there!) then use this handy aromatherapy inhaler recipe to give yourself something to do during your five minutes.
This nifty little aromatherapy stress remedy is great because you can carry it in your bag or keep it in your desk (keep an extra one in your car - it's great for road rage!) and use it whenever you need a time-out.
Pour a teaspoon of coarse sea salt in a very small dark glass or PET plastic bottle and add:
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Orange essential oil
1 drop Geranium essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Chamomile essential oil
To use, take three long, slow, deep breaths of the aroma. Take a short break, then take three more deep breaths. Do this three times to get some serious aromatherapy stress relief.
Click on the links below for a bunch more easy-to-make, effective aromatherapy stress reduction recipes... (And remember, this is supposed to be fun!)
Deeply restful and grounding, this woodsy aromatherapy bath oil recipe will leave you calm and at peace.
Deep, rich and sensuous, this aromatherapy bath oil calms your nerves, relaxes your muscles and quiets your mind so you can fall into a deep, peaceful sleep.
Come back to your happy place with this uplifting orange & lavender aromatherapy bath salt recipe. Nerves, tension and stress melt away as these bath salts balance your nervous system (and your mood swings.)
Lavender massage oil is healing for stress, insomnia and anxiety. Combining the calming effects of lavender with massage is one of the best ways to achieve deep, restorative relaxation.
Massage oil candles put the fun into stress relief! Perfect for a night of sensual, soothing play with your partner, there's nothing like playful, loving touch to bring you back to peace and relaxation.
This rich, creamy lotion soothes and calms while hydrating and protecting skin. Its sensuous, spicy scent is warming, grounding and cheering - great for that cold, sick feeling out-of-sorts nerves can bring.