Essential Oils to Help Calm and Relax
One of the hardest things to do this day in age is relax at the end of a long, hard day. The constant pressure to do it all and always achieve more, can unfortunately keep our heads reeling and prevent us from being able to settle down easily. The good news is that by adding Essential Oils to your daily routine, you can naturally promote relaxation and encourage your mind and body to let go of tension and worry.
Aromatherapy is one of the fastest and easiest ways to encourage an improved state of being. Essential Oils travel through the olfactory and into the limbic system. This is the area that tells your body how to react to a certain situation. When inhaled, the chemical compounds in the oils can alter your mood. In addition, there are certain Essential Oils that are adaptogenic and can give your body exactly what it needs at that moment.
So how do you know what oils to use?
The key to navigating Essential Oils that are sedatives is to choose the oils that are high in sesquiterpenes or esters. These oils have the ability to communicate with your brain and promote a feeling of peace and calming. Also, you could choose from the short list of oils that are adaptogenic and let your nervous system balance out on its own.
REVIVE’s Synergy Blends
An easy go-to for relaxation could be one of REVIVE’s pre-mixed blends. These synergies are expertly created for use without having to make your own. Stress Easy Essential Oil Blend is a soft and soothing scent that you should definitely use when in need of a little R&R. It contains stress relieving oils including Lavender, Copaiba, Ocotea, Vanilla and more. Calm Essential Oil Blend is a great blend to help you unwind. Some of the oils used are Ho Wood, Ylang Ylang, and Sweet Marjoram. REVIVE really takes the guesswork out of selecting calming oils with these blends, so make sure you check them out.
This deep and woody base oil is extremely calming. Just the scent of this Essential Oil can help you feel instantly grounded. Cedarwood is rich in sesquiterpenes and chemically aids the brain in reducing nervous tension and anxiety. This oil is also great for giving us a sense of strength which can be truly important when needing to unwind. Adding Cedarwood to a relaxation blend will anchor the scent and give a nice stable undertone.
Using Clary Sage Oil when you are in need of settling down is like hitting the restart button. This herbal and earthy scent contains both esters and sesquiterpenes making it a rock star of relaxation. Clary Sage has the ability to help soothe irritability, calm mood swings, and even lower blood pressure. It is also very helpful during “that time of the month.” This oil is a great middle note that helps balance out a blend and balance out your mind.
This Italian citrus fruit is amazing for the central nervous system. It has shown to ease anxiety, bring peace of mind, and even fight depression. Bergamot Oil is bright and uplifting without being overbearing. This Essential Oil is complementary to so many blends adding a boost to both the smell and your attitude.
We would venture to guess that you have used Chamomile tea to help you sleep, and the Essential Oil counterpart of Chamomile is just as calming. This safe and gentle oil is a great choice for dealing with overstimulated children. The soft scent of Chamomile may help reduce mental chatter and soothe excess worry. It is even known to aid in the reduction of feelings of panic. Using this oil in a blend is sure to bring some sedative effects.
This is an oil you may not have heard of, but let us tell you it’s a must have for relaxation! Copaiba is a resinous oil that has been used as natural medicine in Brazil for thousands of years. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory oil, so it often gets overlooked at how useful it can be when it comes to stress relief. It is great for soothing frazzled nerves and creating a calming atmosphere. Adding this Essential Oil to your relaxing blend will definitely help you decompress.
Okay, okay, you knew this was coming. But yes, of course Lavender made the list of Essential Oils that are great for relaxation. This floral scent is incredible for achieving balance and putting you in the state of being that your body needs. Lavender Oil does contain esters and is naturally calming, but it also has the ability to create homeostasis. When in need of relaxation, Lavender can reduce your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and tame anxiety. But if someone were fighting feelings of depression, it may be helpful in creating uplifting feelings and encouraging deeper breaths.
Chill Out Blend
1 Drop Clary Sage Essential Oil
2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
Stress Free Me
3 Drops Stress Easy
3 Drops Copaiba Essential Oil
Take it Down a Notch
2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
1 Drop Copaiba Essential Oil
2 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Bring Me Balance
1 Drop Chamomile Essential Oil
2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil