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  • Essential Oils for Stress Relief

    Stress is an unpleasant fact of life. We all experience stress from time to time. While a little bit of stress can actually be good for you, chronic stress can contribute to health problems.

    If you find yourself stressed day in and day out, it is best to find ways to relieve stress. Essential oils can do wonders in relaxing your mind and calming your anxiety.

    Here’s a short list of essential oils for relieving stress and anxiety.

    Chamomile

    Chamomile tea is a popular beverage for those who like to wind down at night. This isn’t surprising given that chamomile can help relieve stress and calm your mind.

    If you think chamomile tea is calming and relaxing, then we recommend that you give chamomile essential oil a try. It has a peaceful, calming scent that benefits your inner harmony. It also helps reduce anxiety and provides clinically significant antidepressant activity.

    Bergamot

    Bergamot oil has been traditionally used by Italians to treat malaria and expel intestinal worms. But recent studies show that it can also be beneficial in relieving tension and anxiety.

    Bergamot oil can induce relaxation and reduce agitation. It has a calming effect, which is why it is often used in the management of depression and anxiety. In addition, it can also help with insomnia.

    Rose

    Roses are considered as the most beautiful flowers in the world. Aside from its looks, it also produces a pretty smell.

    Rose essential oil has a sweet and floral fragrance that is intoxication and highly romantic. It also has therapeutic benefits that can help heal a variety of health conditions, including stress and anxiety. Studies suggest that rose essential oil can help reduce anxiety in women who pregnant for the first time. It is also efficient in combating depression by providing a boost in confidence, self-esteem, and mental strength.

    Lavender

    Lavender has been found to reduce stress and anxiety in patients who are visiting the dentist and undergoing coronary artery bypass. It is effective in calming the nervous system. It changes the brain waves to a more relaxed state and lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature.

    Lavender oil has also been found to reduce depression and anxiety in women with postpartum depression. It also provides better quality of sleep, and can even be beneficial to individuals who are suffering from insomnia.

  • Surviving Seasonal Allergies Using Essential Oils

    According to studies, over 60 million Americans are affected by allergic rhinitis, and the rise in prevalence continues. Allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, impaired sense of smell and headaches. Those who suffer from more severe allergies may even experience light headedness, impaired vision and difficulty of breathing. Sometimes, it seems there can be no relief.

    When you experience allergic symptoms, many of you would reach for decongestants to clear your nose or antihistamines to block histamine receptors and prevent symptoms like hives. But did you know that you can turn to essential oils to beat common allergies? In fact, many essential oils can be used to give you relief from allergic reactions

    Here are 4 essential oils that you can use to combat allergies. Make sure you know how to use them before you begin treatment:

    Roman chamomile

    Many of you are probably familiar with chamomile tea. Chamomile has a sweet aroma that is extremely soothing. Not only does it have a calming effect, it also effective in treating skin allergies. Chamomile oil is potent enough to provide relief from skin irritations, but mild enough that it can be used on infants.

    For mosquito bites or pain and swelling caused by insect stings, just add a drop of chamomile oil directly on the affected area. If your child has rashes due to diaper-wearing, chamomile oil can also help. Just mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with 3 drops of chamomile oil, and then apply it on red, itchy areas of the skin.

    Eucalyptus

    If you’re suffering from nasal congestion or headache, then this one’s for you. This oil can provide instant relief by making the respiratory secretions flow freely.

    Eucalyptus has an unmistakably strong smell and an equally strong action. Because it’s so strong, it should never be used at full strength. You can apply it to your chest to clear your airway or on your temples to reduce the severity of headaches, provided that you dilute it with carrier oil like coconut oil. Another way of using this oil is through inhalation. What you want to do is to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a steam inhaler or a diffuser and inhale the steam. We also suggest holding a towel to your eyes to avoid irritation.

    Peppermint

    Peppermint has a pleasant aroma that provides soothing relief. It helps you breathe easily by clearing respiratory blockages. This essential oil can also ease allergies that affect the digestive tract. It may be taken internally to settle the stomach and reduce the effect of food allergies. Just add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cup of tea. This oil can also be applied topically to relieve skin irritation, headache and clear up the respiratory tract. Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to carrier oil and apply to the chest, forehead or affected area.

    Lavender

    Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. This means that it has the ability to provide relief from allergic reactions like rashes and itching. Even a full-fledged allergy can be managed by lavender oil.

    When you feel the first symptoms of allergy coming on, just pour a few drops of oil onto the palm of your hand, rub them together and inhale it. This mild oil can also be applied on the chest and forehead to relieve nasal congestion. It can also be applied on your temples to relieve headache. But if you have sensitive skin, it is best to dilute it before applying it onto the skin.

  • Support Your Health This Winter with Essential Oils

    Winter and its chilly temperature can be hard on your health. In fact, there is a sharp rise in the incidence of respiratory infections during the winter. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties. You can ward off the spread of colds and flu by using essential oils.

    Use these essential oils to promote optimal health and keep you and your family healthy during the winter months.

    Peppermint oil

    Peppermint has immune-boosting properties, which is beneficial for people with weak immune system. It supports your body’s natural immune system, protecting you from various diseases. It can also help relieve sinus headache by breaking up congestion and clearing up a stuffy nose.

    If you suffer from blocked sinuses, add 3 drops of peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water. Cover your head with a large bath towel and inhale the steam for several minutes.

    Lemon oil

    Lemon oil is an immune system stimulant. It further stimulates white blood cells; thus, increasing your ability to fight off diseases. It is powerful enough to protect you from respiratory diseases and provide relief for sore throats and cough. You can use this oil to naturally combat illness and survive the cold and flu season. Lemon oil is also useful for lifting the mood and disinfecting surfaces.

    Oregano oil

    If you are to choose one essential oil to help keep you healthy throughout the winter season, it should be oregano oil. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and antifulgal and and immune-boosting properties. All of these properties come together to prevent illnesses and alleviate certain symptoms associated with cold and flu.

    Lavender oil

    Lavender is one of the most well-used and most versatile of all essential oils. This herbal oil has anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antibacterial effect. It treats respiratory problems, enhances blood circulation and relieves pain. It is gentle enough for use with children.

    Lavender oil has profound benefits on your skin. The cold weather can leave our skin dry and flaky. You can use lavender oil alone or in combination with other oils like jojoba oil to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

  • Using Essential Oils to Balance Your Emotions

    img_9659Your sense of smell has a powerful influence over your thoughts and emotions. When you smell something, it triggers a memory and that affects your behavior, mood, actions and emotions.

    Essential oils have therapeutic effects. They can be balancing, sedative, calming or stimulating. When you smell an essential oil that is known to stimulate the body, it will send a signal to the limbic system and create neurochemicals that will energize the body, making it more active. Likewise, if the essential oil has a calming effect, the limbic system will conform by sending a message to relax and calm. Proper use of essential oils may assist with emotional issues, balance your emotions and enhance your emotional outlook.

    Listed below are 4 essential oils that can help balance your emotions

    Clary sage

    Clary sage is both relaxing and strengthening. This warm, musky and slightly spicy oil has been known for its uplifting effect. It helps ease anxiety and depression and brings about clarity into situations. It is also useful in cases of intestinal cramps and weak digestion.

    Roman chamomile

    Chamomile is a popular ingredient in tea, candles and other aromatherapy products. This is because chamomile is one of the best medicinal herbs for promoting relaxation and fighting stress.

    Roman chamomile can be used for a variety of emotional imbalances such as nervousness, anxiety, impulsiveness, recklessness, and anger.

    Lavender

    Lavender has a sweet, flowery aroma. Lavender essential oil can help improve mood, relieve anxiety and depression. It has long been used to help battle depression.

    In a study that was conducted in 2012, researchers found that the daily use of lavender oil can help women overcome postpartum depression. After a 4-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy, patients showed a significant reduction postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder.

    Bergamot

    Bergamot helps relieve stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. This sweet and citrusy oil also helps disperse stagnant life force energy and release pent up feelings. Use bergamot oil when you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed and you need to find balance.

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