Essential oils have aromatic, fragrant molecules that can actually pass right through the blood/brain barrier, having a direct effect on the areas of our brain in charge of controlling feelings of stress and anxiety and even panic and depression.
So a restless person may find that they feel calm after using a particular oil, while another individual who is feeling low and depressed may get an uplifting and invigorating effect using the same oil. This is why some essential oils are referred to as "adaptogens" because they can literally "adapt" to the needs of the person using the oil.
This is also why essential oils work so well for stress as they have the unique ability to adapt to the different types and levels of stress different individuals battle with.
- Inhale directly: Rub 1-2 drops in cupped palms and take a long, deep breath
- Rub directly: Rub 1-2 drops of oil into your temples, wrists or anywhere, for full body relaxation
- Use on-the-go: Put a few drops on a handkerchief, cotton pad or on a scarf and inhale as needed. You'll get instant calming support throughout your day.
- Add to your shower: Immerse yourself in an essential oil steam by adding a couple of drops in your shower. Remember to plug or cover the drain and inhale deeply.
- Use a diffuser: To get long-lasting benefit, use a diffuser (great for everyone at home - adults, kids and pets!)
Lavender is perhaps one of the best and most commonly used "adaptogens" today - meaning it can adapt to any mood. A perfect pick-me-up, it's fresh and floral aroma is relaxing and calming. Lavender essential oil is excellent for improving mental concentration, reducing stress, calming agitation and alleviating insomnia.
Cinnamon leaf oil has anti-inflammatory properties and works wonders for soothing aching muscles and joints after a long stressful day. It can also help to reduce drowsiness and give you an instant energy boost if you're feeling exhausted - both physically and mentally.
Cedarwood oil is great at relieving stress and tension and has a calming effect on the mind. Biologically, the aroma of cedarwood promotes the release of serotonin, responsible for stabilizing moods. Cedarwood essential oil can also act as a natural sedative, as serotonin is converted to melatonin - which helps control and regulate sleep patterns and brings a feeling of calmness.
Lime essential oil, as you perhaps guessed, smells just like the real thing - a fresh and tart lime. It works well to refresh and uplift the mood, and invigorate without being too overly powerful. It can work wonders for those suffering from the stress of fatigue, grief and a heavy heart - and help to stimulate a person to embrace the positivity in life.
Grape Fruit essential oil is similar to lime, grapefruit also belongs to the citrus family and its aroma is uplifting, refreshing and clarifying. A great stress buster - grapefruit essential oil is excellent for alleviating mental fatigue, depression and stress induced headaches. An instant whiff can give you the ready-to-go feeling you need to get on with your day.