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Essential oils can become true allies when stress mounts and anxiety creeps in.
Some essential oils have calming and relaxing properties that can increase dopamine levels which help relax and calm your body and mind.
Here are 5 stress and anxiety relievers to have on hand at home:
An anxiety attack is often accompanied by an increase in heart rate. The essential oil of Ylang-Ylang is therefore used to regulate the heartbeat, but also to calm the muscle contractions.
To relax, you can bathe in water with added 6 to 10 drops of the Ylang-Ylang oil or you may make your own massage oil with a mixture of 5% Ylang-Ylang oil diluted with your choice of vegetable or sunflower oil.
You can also mix 2 drops of Ylang-Ylang in 4 drops of sunflower oil and apply the mixture on the inside of your wrists. Then breathe deeply.
2. TRUE LAVENDER
Lavender has several virtues. In addition to being effective for certain skin and respiratory problems, it can help you reduce your stress level, agitation and therefore help you sleep better.
You can add a few drops of true lavender in your essential oil diffuser, or breathe directly into the bottle in case of intense stress.
Marjoram essential oil is an anxiolytic oil, which means that it acts against anxiety. It helps to regulate the nervous system.
You just have to dilute one part of Marjoram oil in one part of sunflower oil and apply the mixture along your spine.
Marjoram oil is also effective in a diffuser to help with stress and anxiety.
4. ROMAN CHAMOMILE
Roman chamomile oil is one that works on a person's mind. Many define it as the "letting go" oil.
You can inhale it alone or mix it with lavender essential oil to relax (avoid if you have asthma) or rub a mixture of Roman chamomile and sunflower oil on your forearms.
Neroli oil can be a great aid to well-being. It can be used for anxiety, stress, nervous tension, lack of confidence, restlessness, and more!
To promote well-being, you can dilute a few drops of Neroli oil in a bowl of hot water to inhale the vapours. Alternatively, you can add it to your essential oil diffuser and even combine it with another diffuser-friendly oil mentioned above if you feel like it!