If you want to feel more relaxed, try approaching your stress a few drops at a time.
A few drops of essential oil, that is.
Dr Jean Valnet, an innovative French surgeon, discovered the power of essential oils during World War II.
Medicines were scarce. Soldiers needed real help with all the pain and anxiety.
Stress from taking an exam or speaking in front of a crowd is normal.
Yet almost everybody has to deal with more harmful stress – whether from school, work, relationships, health, money problems or even neglect and abuse.
Which oils are most effective to help you calm stress and anxiety?
The American College of Healthcare Science recently studied the effects of bergamot, lavender and frankincense oils.
In the study, 58 hospice patients received daily massages. Half of them enjoyed a massage using an equal ratio of these oils, mixed with almond oil.
The results couldn’t be clearer. These essential oils dramatically decrease pain and anxiety.
This fragrant, orange-sized, lime-colored, citrus fruit flavors Earl Grey tea.
Five recent studies show that bergamot essential oil reduces heart rate, blood pressure and stress.
Some even use it for anxiety “breakthroughs” when lorazepam doesn’t work.
You’ll find this aromatic, purple flower growing in France and now parts of the US.
People often say lavender is the most versatile of all the essential oils. If you only use one, this is a great choice.
Therapeutic-grade lavender is prized for cleaning cuts, bruises and skin irritations.
It’s also one of the most researched oils for its fantastic ability to relax you.
Here’s a study showing its power to soothe your nervous system while lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
Carrying a bottle with you is like a pick-me-up and first aid kit combined.
Boswellia trees in the dry, desolate areas of Somalia, Oman and India provide the resin that makes this oil.
The word Frankincense comes from old French “franc incens” which means quality incense.
When archaeologists peel back the centuries, they often find this oil in the medicine cabinets of ancient kings. No wonder some valued it more than gold.
Many feel it’s ability to relieve pain and inflammation rivals modern NSAID drugs.
People often use it to boost their immune system and open air passages for deeper breathing.
Others now believe it may be a potent anti-cancer agent.
And perhaps most important to you, it’s widely used to lower blood pressure and relieve chronic stress.
Add 3 drops of therapeutic grade lavender oil and 1 drop of bergamot to your bath water.
Or add them to 2 ounces of liquid bath soap.
Or simply rub these oils on your hands or feet.
Have a diffuser? This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of these amazing oils.
Dozens of studies prove massage is an awesome stress reliever.
A well-trained massage therapist can teach you and your body how to relax. Even when you’re not on the massage table.
Great massage therapists use essential oils. And they can help you find the best sources – lower cost, therapeutic grade, organic.
Why not try a few drops on your stress today?
Life takes it out of you. I’d love to help you put it back in.
How can I help you personally?
Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage and essential oils can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant