Soothing Stress With Aromatherapy

Posted by Tammy Smith on

Which oils do I use?

The true effect of stress on your health is measured by how you deal with it, not the events or stress itself.

There are many options for using aromatherapy and it is best to find oils that smell good to you. This is where the individual approach comes into play. There is no right or wrong with fragrances. What smells good to one, may not smell good to another. When you want to affect your thoughts, mood and emotions it is better to use essential oils that smell best to you. 

Smelling good quality essential oils is an adventure. Their fragrances bring up memories and associations unique to each individual. According to the scientific community our sense of smell is the least understood compared to the other senses. The reason why essential oils have an effect on our mind, mood and emotions are easy to understand when you consider they enter our brain through our noses, triggering reactions in the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system then directly influences our nervous, endocrine and immune systems.

When treating specific physical problems this can reduce stress. Essential oils offer many actions like analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedating, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-spasmodic that we can take advantage of. 

Methods of Application to Consider:

  • Inhalation
  • Direct palm
  • Tissue/Cotton ball
  • Nasal inhaler tube
  • Smelling salt
  • Diffusion
  • Salt/Sugar scrubs
  • Bath salts
  • Room sprays
  • Neat or undiluted applications (to a small localized area)
  • Shower drops/steam

Essential Oils for Emotional/Stress Support:

Anger, Irritability: Angelica root, Bergamot, Cardamon, Cedarwood, Roman & German Chamomile, Clary sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Laurel, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Anxiety: Angelica root, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman or German Chamomile, Clary sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang.

Burnout, Exhaustion: Basil ct. linalol, Roman or German Chamomile, Cinnamon leaf, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary and Tangerine

Calming/Soothing: Bergamot, Roman or German chamomile, Clary sage, Lavender, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Petitgrain, Vetiver.

Clarity: Birch, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper, Laurel, Lemon, Lemongrass, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint

Cleansing: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper, Laurel, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sage.

Confusion, Indecision: Angelica root, Black pepper, Cypress, Ginger, Laurel, Lemongrass, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Vetivert

Confidence, Insecurity: Angelica root, Black pepper, Cardamom, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Pine

Courage: Angelica root, Black pepper, Laurel, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Yarrow

Depression: Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Emotional Turmoil: Angelica root, Cardamom, Roman chamomile, Clary sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Jasmine, Laurel, Lavender, Sweet marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Tangerine, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang.

Fears: Angelica root, Black pepper, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Laurel, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme

Grounding: Angelica root, Ginger, Myrrh, Vetiver

Grieving, Loss: Bergamot, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Heartache: Cardamom, Clary sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Tangerine

Inspiration, Creativity: Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary sage, Fennel, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Laurel, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary 

Letting Go: Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper, Laurel, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, and Pine

Mood Swings: Bergamot, Roman or German chamomile Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sage, Tangerine, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang 

Nervousness: Angelica root, Bergamot, Black pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Uplifting: Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary sage, Geranium, Juniper, Laurel, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary, Tangerine, Ylang-ylang.

Detoxifier: enhances the removal of toxic substances from the body. Carrot seed, Cypress, Fennel, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon

Hypertensive: raises blood pressure. Black pepper, Rosemary ct camphor or cineole, Thyme ct thymol 

Hypotensive: lowers blood pressure. German chamomile, Lavender, Sweet marjoram, Neroli, Ylang Ylang

Nervine: relaxes the nervous system and can reduce nervous disorders.  Angelica root, Bergamot, German & Roman chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Mandarin, Sweet marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Sweet orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.

Immune Enhancer: either enhancing immune system or destroying microbes. Frankincense, Bay laurel, Lemon, Niaouli, Ravensara, Tea tree, Thyme.

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