Lord knows, these months and the month or even months have been downright crazy…not to mention stressful.
So what is one way that you can worry less and chill out more?
If you actually read my blog on a regular basis, you will already know what I am about to say…
More specifically essential oils…
And even more specifically diffusing essential oils as a part of the complementary medicine called “aromatherapy.”
How Essential Oils Work
ls through the air, our olfactory nerve sends almost instantly sends messages to different parts of the brain, including the limbic system and amygdala, which are both directly wired to the brain’s centers of memory and emotion.
If you remember watching the movie Forest Gump, you will remember the professor explaining that the amygdala is that part of the brain which controls our emotions, mood, and memory.
Interestimgly, these parts of the brain also do two what seems opposite reactions…either triggering a fight-or-flight respons where we get short of breath, our heart rate and blood pressure go overboard…or awakening the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us relax.
In fact, certain essential oils…(which we’ll talk about later)…interact with our nervous system and brain in the same way biochemically that many anti-prescribed anxiety medications do..making it a great complementary and alternative choice.
So let’s find out which specific essential oils, more specifically citrus essential oils, are actually the best oils for helping you feel less stressed out.
Citrus in General
Citrus essential oils can affect different people different ways…they can either be stimulating or relaxing…are totally have different effects from one person to the next.
These oils can help some people fall asleep more easily…other people to relax but not actually fall to sleep-more easily…feel more both refreshed and relaxed if you use them during the day,
Since this is the case, you must try the particular essential oil yourself to see how it affects you.
Below are some citrrus essential oils to consider.
What is it…Bergamot essential oil is derived from the peel of a bergamot fruit, a hybrid citrus fruit somewhere between a bitter orange and lemon or lime, and is widely used in aromatherapy. This is the fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its signature fragrance,…(more on this later)…
What does it smell like…Bergamot has a clean, spicy citrus-like fragrance that is soothing…yet at the same time invigorating.
How long have people been using it…This essential oil has been used traditionally in Italian folk medicine because of its ability to relieve tension and anxiety….and in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the flow of energy, fight bacterial infections and support digestive health.
What other essential oils should I blend with bergamot…try floral oils like lavender, clary sage and jasmine.
How do I use it…Like all other essential oils, you have the option to use bergamot essential oil in your diffuser or apply it to your skin,..but be careful if you do apply bergamot essential oil topically because it can cause severe sunburn.
Also be sure to combine bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil—such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado—before using it on your skin or adding it to your bath.
Bergamot can often be irritating to the skin…and make you more likely to get sunburns and blisters when you’ve been out in the sun for too long.
Health benefits of bergamot essential oil are believed to include…
- helping you to relax
- improving blood circulation
- keeping you from feeling so fatigued
- lowering your blood pressure
- lowering your heart rate
- reducing chronic pain
- relieving anxiety and stress
Source...leaves of the lemon plant
- acts as a sedative
- can help relieve the nausea associated with cancer treatments
- eases symptoms of depression
- improves mood
- promotes sleep and relaxation
- reduces anxiety and stress
Melissa (Lemon Balm)
Source...lemons…(go figure, right?!)
History…has been used for hundreds of years. Known for its medicinal and uplifting qualities, it has also been given the name “elixir of life”.
- calms the mind
- boosts immunity
- strengthens the nervous system
- can act as a antidepressant and release feelings of sadness and worry
Source…derived from the flowers of the neroli, a citrus fruit
Fragrance...sweet and spicy aromal..similar to an expensive, floral-based perfume…in fact, commonly used as an ingredient in French perfumes
History…has been around since ancient Egyptian times
- acts as a sedative
- helps you sleep
- improves concentration, mood, and memory
- regulates the metabolic system
- relaxes both body and soul
- releases feelings of anger, irritability, stress, anxiety, and worry
Source…derived from the yuzu fruit, a type of East Asian yellow citrus fruit often used in Asian cuisine
History…Japanese have had a custom of taking yuzu baths, which involves floating yuzus in hot baths during the winter to relieve stressas far back as the 1700s
- decreases negative emotional stress
- decreases salivary chromogranin A, an indicator of stress and sympathetic nervous system activity
- lowers your heart rate in just ten minutes, with effects lasting for about thirty minuters
- soothes stress and anxiety
- suppresses sympathetic nervous system activity, also known as the fight-or-flight response