You may have heard the term "stress is a killer," that's because high levels of stress reduces the brain function --decreasing our ability to reason by up to 50%. Stress also crumbles our immune system and increases our risk of chronic disease. Research shows that 77% of Americans experience physical health impacts from stress and 70% of deaths in the U.S. are due to chronic disease.
Stress is the body's reaction to a stimulus (good or bad) that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. It results in a flood of hormones (sometimes referred to as "fight or flight response") that can throw our bodies out of whack especially when experienced over a long period of time.
Natural Remedies for Stress
Essential oils --the purest and most concentrated forms of plant extract you can get, are one of the safest, most effective, and often overlooked natural aromatherapy stress relief solutions. Essential oils can be used to quickly slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, induce an alpha brainwave state (similar to that of meditating), increase your confidence and self-esteem, and improve your emotional state or outlook. All of which can help you reduce your stress levels, feel more relaxed and able to cope, and ultimately be more productive.
There are as many ways to deal with and address stress as there are ways to become stressed. Obviously eliminating or reducing sources of stress are ideal but you may not always be able to control that. The one thing you can control is how you manage your emotions and your mental state and how you respond to the events and situations in your life, which is key to getting your stress under control.
How to Manage Stress with Aromatherapy
So how can you do that? Studies have shown a measurable reduction in stress hormones in the body within 10 minutes of using soothing aromatherapy. Can you imagine the positive compounding effects of incorporating this type of aromatherapy into your daily routine? Aromatherapy can have a remarkable effect on your health and wellness because essential oils work to restore balance and harmony in your body's various systems, and can quickly induce a relaxation response when needed. This helps you stay centered and strong so you can clearly focus on what needs to be addressed.
The other benefits of using essential oils as natural remedies for aromatherapy stress relief is that when used in moderation they are:
The Best Essential Oils for Stress
Some of the best essential oils for aromatherapy stress relief include: Bergamot, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and oils from trees like Fir, Juniper, Pine and Spruce. More exotic and precious oils like Rose, Jasmine, Neroli and Ylang Ylang can also be very helpful in relieving stress. These oils can be used individually or in combination for greater synergies. New to aromatherapy? You can learn more about how to use essential oils by visiting our blog The AromaZone. Have more questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to answer them!
For complete instructions, safety precautions, and suggested uses, please download our Guide to Essential Oil & Diffuser Blends and read our blog posts on Safety Tips & Precautions for Working with Essential Oils.