Stress and anxiety are common issues within the digestive health world, and unfortunately, if neither are managed, they can really take a toll on both our mental and physical health long-term.
Lately, we human beings have certainly been one big punching bag for quite a few ‘things’ that seem to be circulating around the world. Because of these series of unfortunate events, many (if not all) of us have been challenged to see how well we can manage our stress and anxiety levels.
So what can we do to alleviate some of that stress?
Well, we’ve recently been enjoying home remedies to avoid leaving the house, and one thing that has been very useful is aromatherapy! Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Inhaling and topically applying essential oils can alleviate stress, insomnia and even episodes of depression.
Aromatherapy works by stimulating areas of the brain that are responsible for our emotions. Combined with practising mindfulness, essential oils can reduce negative, unwanted emotions, calm the mind and alleviate stress.
Here are 10 of the best essential oils that you can use:
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is a necessity. Lavender is commonly used to restore the nervous system by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. It can help calm the nerves, relax restlessness and improve your sleep. Apply it to your temples, while massaging in or use in a hot bathtub.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil is extracted from rose petals and its scent will make you feel immediately soothed from headaches while balancing your hormones. Rose is also known as the ‘love’ oil, strengthening the heart during grief and depression.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine oil has an incredible floral, fresh spring scent. It is known to promote a sense of well-being, wholesome and romance. Jasmine is also a great option if you’re looking to calm the nervous system without putting yourself to sleep.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot is produced from the peel of the aromatic citrus fruit. The Chinese love bergamot for its abilities in enhancing energy flow, also that it can fight bacterial infections and support digestive health. It is an effective essential oil for depression, as it can promote feelings of joy and alertness.
Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Lemon balm has a fresh and incredibly uplifting aroma. One of its many successes is in its abilities to promote soothing, restorative effects. Lemon balm now potentially has had positive responses in people who struggle with mild to moderate anxiety.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is incredible for promoting inner calm, reducing anxiety and alleviating stress on the nervous system. It’s also known to be super effective for inflammation of the digestive tract, by regulating mood and stress levels.
Fennel Essential Oil
Although fennel is known as a cooking spice, its calming aroma is used to treat anxiety side effects and digestive problems.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage is super calming and super relieving on stress and anxiety. The oil supports humans with depression by promoting feelings of wellbeing and inner peace. It’s also great for those who experience PMS during their period. Apply it directly to feet or pulse points to help balance hormones.
Basil Essential Oil
This guy doesn’t get as much publicity as his other friends, but it’s actually one of the best essential oils to reduce anxiety while enhancing mood at the same time. It is one of the most calming oils on the nervous system, eliminating fatigue, mental strain and depression. It also acts as a natural stimulant. Try a few drops in your next bath, kick back and enjoy.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium oil is distilled from the geranium plant. This little guy is powerful enough to help alleviate the anxiety that women have while going into the first stage of labour. Inhaling geranium oil effectively reduced nerves immediately. Waft it under your nose a few times.
So get familiar with these amazing little smells, because they can turn a stale environment into a day spa for hours on end. Especially in that bathtub!