Essential oils that calm the mind and the spirit
By Carla Snuggs
If you follow my blog, you know that I am beyond obsessed with essential oils. I recently wrote a blog post about energizing essential oils and how to use them for improved energy and mental clarity. I also love using calming essential oils in an essential oil diffuser, so I am thrilled to share some of the must-have essential oils that calm and that may help reduce anxiety.
To learn more about essential oils I had the honor of tapping Janice Rosenthal, certified Beauty Therapist, Massage Therapist and an internationally qualified Lecturer in Beauty Therapy, Massage, and Anatomy & Physiology. Janice is also the founder of Gardenofessences.com which offers essential oils for the soul! Janice shared her knowledge of three relaxing essential oils.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Strongest painkiller found in nature – muscle spasm / arthritis / sciatica / headache
Anti-inflammatory – calms or cures: eczema / psoriasis / hemmorrhoids / diaper rash/ burns / boils / itching
Anti-anxiety – lavender is Nature's natural sedative / offers deep sleep to those who suffer from insomnia.
Lowers high blood pressure – use daily, in correct dosage, and apply to entire body.
Sinus decongestant – also eases asthma by relaxing the breathing muscles.
Safe for babies – colic / sleeplessness – consult our Blending guide for babies.
SPECIAL – reduces "restless legs".
PRECAUTIONS – Avoid if you have low blood pressure / Avoid in first trimester of pregnancy, or if you are trying to fall pregnant / Avoid if epileptic.
One of my favorite ways to use lavender for relaxation is in beautiful diffuser jewelry. I love the jewelry from Drops of Joy, a brand that makes gorgeous hand-made stainless steel diffuser jewelry.
Drops of Joy Jewelry makes the most beautiful aromatherapy diffuser necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The jewelry comes in semi-precious stones and stainless steel as well as hand-stamped customized options. Each piece of jewelry comes with three diffuser dots. Simply add your essential oil to the diffuser dot and put the dot inside the jewelry. It's such a stylish way to get aromatherapy benefits no matter where you go. They even make cute diffuser jewelry for kids! Bonus - $2 from each item sold by Drops of Joy is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is extremely anti-inflammatory – due to blue Azulene, – calms: eczema / rashes / burns / dermatitis / arthritis / sunburn / inflamed muscles and joints.
Extremely Sedative to the nerves – calms: anxiety / reduces shock / calms anger / anti-insomnia / relaxes restless legs / reduces PMS.
Painkilling, due to a combination of being a nerve relaxant plus an anti-inflammatory – sciatica / muscle tension / arthritis.
Normalizes cell renewal – scars, bruises and wounds are rapidly healed.
Detoxifying – removes toxins such as uric acid in arthritis, allowing muscles to feel more relaxed.
SPECIAL - Eliminates headache. Apply to back of neck and shoulders. Spread the oil high up the neck, beyond the hairline, into the hair and lower scalp, and behind the ears.
Allow 20 to 30 minutes, to take effect.
PRECAUTIONS – Do not use if pregnant, or if trying to fall pregnant.
3. Frankincense Essential Oil
Tranquilizing – anti-anxiety / slows and deepens breathing / anti-insomnia / may calm asthma / muscle relaxant.
Anti-wrinkle – Frankincense contains powerful anti-aging phytochemicals.
Anti-inflammatory – calms infections of the: bladder / vagina / boils / ulcers.
SPECIAL – may lessen heavy menstrual periods / may ease nausea.
PRECAUTIONS – None.
What are your favorite calming essential oils? Leave your comments below!