We’ve all heard the cliche, “stop and smell the roses,” but have you actually stopped to think of what the connotation is with this phrase? How about the feelings that come along with the smell of freshly cut grass or newly baked cookies right out of the oven? These are just a few of the scents that trigger emotions that lift our moods and calm our spirit.
Aromatherapy with essentials oils is no different from the scents we witness naturally in our environments. Each scent is unique in its healing qualities both physically and mentally. In fact, aromatherapy dates back to Biblical days when frankincense and myrrh were brought by the three kings in order to anoint Jesus at birth. Not to mention, the Egyptians developed one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants such as cedarwood, clove, and cinnamon with the purpose to embalm the dead. In addition, the Chinese developed a more pleasant purpose for the infused aromatic oils. They found the oils to be useful as a mood enhancers and ways to nourish the soul.
The principle behind essential oils is that they are of the purest substances, derived from flowers, leaves, bark or roots of plants. Our earth in its simplest form offers numerous benefits to combat the stressors we incur from our environments.
With this being said, I have generated a list of the top 13 essential oils to treat stress and its accompanying anxious feelings.
- Rose: the monarch of oils in terms of deflecting stress
- Frankincense: relaxing and fragrant
- Lavender: calming
- Bergamot: tranquil
- Marjoram: comforting
- Vetiver: helps to feel more balanced
- Chamomile: soothing, theraputic
- Lemon: promotes vitality
- Geranium: uplifting
- Cinnamon: promotes self-satisfaction in your career
- Fennel: encourages you to be good to yourself
- Rosewood: puts more love into your heart
- Ylang Ylang: helps you to let things go more easily
In conclusion, don’t allow stress or anxiety to get the best of you! Instead, utilize what nature has provided us and equip yourself with the resources to live your best life ever! As a stated earlier, take time to smell the roses or in this case, these essential oils such as lavender. In addition, you can put any one of these oils in with you when you take a shower, put a few drops on an item of clothing to keep with you throughout the day, or better yet, put them into a diffuser so that you’re entire house can be filled with the scent. You got this – be proactive.