Señor Stressed Out, aunty Anxious and little baby Blue, the three Amigos we are all too familiar with. Nowadays it seems none of us are exempt from feeling either or all of these emotions at any given point in time.
While we all know that we need to reduce their effects on the body, finding natural and healthy solutions are just as vital for our well-being. If we are to keep ourselves functioning optimally, we need to avoid processed and manufactured stimulants instead working in sync with what nature has provided us.
Essential Oils have the ability to assist and it’s one of the reasons I use Essential Oils as part of my complete health and well-being care plan
Three for three
When we are experiencing these three emotions, I find the following three support areas to be useful.
- Calming the mind and body.
- Grounding or refocusing your thoughts and intentions.
- Uplifting or invigorating the body and soul.
When you are feeling stressed out or wired, Lavender and Vetiver can create an atmosphere of calm and peace.
Lavender is well-known for its calming properties, allowing you to feel greater relaxation both for the mind and the body. With its pleasant fragrance and affordable price tag, it is a must have to assist with unwinding.
While Vetiver is quite an unknown to the Western world, according to reset.me in India and Sri Lanka it is known as the oil of tranquility. A masculine and earthy oil with a thick consistency, Vetiver gives you a sense of peace and comfort. It’s like a hug in a bottle.
- Add 2/3 drops of Lavender with a drop of Vetiver to a hot bath. Include magnesium flakes or epsom salts for a relaxing spa treatment at home.
- Combine a gentle yoga practice with 1 drop of Lavender, place it on the wrists or back of the neck.
A great counteraction to feeling anxious or panicky is to promote focus using Cedar Wood and Rosemary.
Cedar Wood is reminiscent of walking in a peaceful, untouched forest surrounded by tall trees. Its woody and warm smell has the ability to make you feel as strong and grounded as the trees it hails from.
According to a study noted in a BBC News article, Rosemary significantly increased the test subjects ability to remember tasks given to them. This herbaceous and medicinal smelling oil is great to clear away brain fog and help you feel refocused and alert.
- Mix a drop of Cedar Wood to a carrier oil and massage into your face before going to bed. Cup your hands over your nose and breathe deeply.
- Diffuse Rosemary while meditating to clear mental fatigue and promote focus.
Wild Orange and Peppermint can provide an uplifting pick-me-up when you are feeling blue.
Wild Orange has an invigorating, fresh citrus smell that leaves you feeling energised and puts a smile on your face. When you are feeling blue, it’s like having happy, orange sunshine in a bottle.
The ultimate pick-me-up for when you are feeling low has to be Peppermint. Its minty fragrance provides an immediate boost. It opens the airways so that you can breathe, leaving you feeling both physically and emotionally refreshed.
- Add a drop of Wild Orange EO to a healthy smoothie or home-made juice to start your day with some extra zing.
- Combine a drop of Peppermint EO with home-made hot chocolate. Share it with someone special for added warm fuzzies.
A few last words on the terrible three.
There are many tools available that can assist you to take control of how you are feeling, essential oils is merely one of them. To have a lasting impact on your health include exercise, healthy eating, passionate living and good relationships.
Just focusing on one aspect of your life to try to eliminate negativity rarely brings sustained results. Life is all about balance and finding relief from feeling stressed out, anxious or down should be a holistic endeavour.
If you have any questions about what other oils can be used to assist with healthy living you can contact me here.
In all things take care.
~Allison, called Binney
With all Essential oils it is important to patch test them before applying topically and be cautious if using internally. For this reason I only recommend doTERRA’s essential oils. Also note that all recommendations are personal in nature.
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