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How To Use Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) To Relax and Restore

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Aromatherapy - essential oils - are a beautiful way to support relaxation, balance and clear your subtle energies, manage stress, and contribute to overall wellness. (Scroll down to learn about specific relaxation blends)

How Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) Benefit Your Subtle Energies

The energy field of a person when s/he is relaxed feels very different from when s/he is tense and anxious. Certain essential oils, by helping us to relax, help our subtle energies shift more easily to a state of healthy balance and flow. They also connect us to earth energy (because they come from plants) and help to balance our overactive mental bodies. And, because the beautiful scents bring us joy, they lift and brighten our energies.

What Essential Oil Is

Essential oils (EOs) are highly aromatic oils extracted from plants. Unlike artificially created perfume oils, they have healing properties, and unlike vegetable oils expressed from nuts and seeds, they are not actually oily.

For centuries, healing, beauty treatment and body care has made use of aromatherapy. Essential oils are the most concentrated form of any botanical, providing a concentrated dose of nature's vast pharmacological ingredients in a single drop.

I believe that, like homeopathy, aromatherapy works primarily on an energetic level—especially when they are used as a scent only, rather than applied directly to the skin.

Learn how to safely use aromatherapy: essential oils precautions, how to store them, and the best carrier oils to use.

Inexpensive Essential Oils for Relaxation and Stress Relief

Some EOs can be wildly expensive. However, there are a number of very useful oils that are quite affordable.

The following affordable aromatherapy essential oils are helpful for relaxation. If you are purchasing them, make sure that they are true essential oils and not perfume oils (which are artificial).

Essential Oil Mental/Emotional/Subtle Properties Reputed Physical Properties
Lavender Reduces stress, tension; anti-depressant; calming; helps with insomnia; relaxing Strongly anti-inflammatory & antiseptic; cell regenerator, skin balancer; immune stimulant; good for all skin types; helps with headaches
Geranium Calms nervous system; uplifting; balancing; good for stress; relaxing Hormone balancer, skin softener; good for skin, esp. mature skin; helpful with menopause issues; immune stimulant
Orange Balances stress; helps with insomnia; relaxing; restorative when you’re feeling “wiped out” Helps treat dull, tired skin and acne; balances nervous system. Note: Stay out of the sun after using.
Tangerine Calming; mood booster; helps with insomnia; helps with “wiped out” feeling; good for stress; relaxing Balances nervous system; good for skin care. Note: Stay out of the sun after using.
Ylang Ylang Anti-depressant; soothing; euphoric; helps when you’re feeling over-loaded; good for stress; relaxing Good for skin care, esp. normal to dry skin; helps balance hormones
Patchouli Antidepressant; good for stress; relaxing Promotes cell regeneration, so good for all skin issues including acne, scars, and wrinkles; anti-inflammatory
Clary Sage Helps with depression, migraine, nervous tension, fatigue, stress; mildly intoxicating, euphoric (therefore do not use while driving); aids creativity, relieves anxiety Note: Do not use during pregnancy. Calming to the nervous system, lifts depression and stress, good for all female hormonal issues and imbalances, e.g. menopausal discomforts, painful periods, and post-partum depression. Helps with muscle pains, digestive disorders, and inflamed skin.

If you try only one EO, make it lavender. It has a multitude of uses and benefits, is affordable, is readily available at many stores, and is marvelous for helping you relax.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Relaxation

While each of the oils above can be used alone, you may find that you enjoy blending them as well. You can experiment to find a blend that works best to help you relax and manage stress. Here are some ideas.

Calming Blend

Blend these EOs in a small glass container, and then use the blend in one of the ways described at the bottom of this section.

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange (or Tangerine)

Deep Relaxation Blend

Add these oils to a small glass container, and then use the blend in one of the ways described at the top of this page.

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Tangerine (or Sweet Orange)
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Patchouli

Learn how to use your oils and blends safely.

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