Sometimes we just want to relax. It could be through listening to an alluring song, or by way of meditation. Reading a book can be as relaxing as it gets; or perhaps watching TV or consuming online content is the way to go. But essential oils? Probably not at the top of many people’s lists when it comes to inducing a relaxing state of body and mind. But, these elixirs have been around for thousands of years, and are a powerful way to help find balance and an ease within our lives.
Utilising the natural healing and health-inducing powers of essential oils could offer you a new way to relax and alleviate stress. So why not make a start? Check out three of the most potent oils to help you achieve the ultimate state of relaxation.
Lounge with lavender
Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile there is. One whiff of this floral oil will engulf you with a sense of calm and tranquility. It is one of the most studied oils in terms of it’s capacity to increase relaxation, and has been proven to have an anxiolytic (meaning anti-anxiety) effect in mice. Of course, we are not mice, but it does show the potency of this elixir. Use lavender in aromatherapy and experience a reduction in stress and anxiety. This oil relaxes brain waves, reduces cortisol levels and can even act as a sleep aid. Apply to pulse points, add drops to a diffuser or simply inhale this oil to really put you in a state of calm.
Ylang Ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang)
While this oil might not have the easiest name to pronounce, it is one that you should seriously consider if seeking relaxation and tranquility. Originating from the canaga tree native to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillippines, ylang ylang is the perfume extracted from the tree’s flowers. Just for the record, ylang ylang is also a popular ice-cream flavour in Madagascar! If that doesn’t highlight its popularity then I don’t know what will. Long known as an anti-depressant, this oil will potentiate feelings of relaxation, as well as reduced anxiety and stress. This oil is a relaxation powerhouse, so why not incorporate it into your own daily routine. Apply it topically to your wrists, behind your ears or directly to your temples.
Sandalwood derives from the santalum tree, and its essential oil offers yet another route to a calmer, more focused state of mind. Santalol is the major component of this particular oil, and its sedative effect via aromatherapy is palpable. It has been heavily used in East Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and is particularly potent in dealing with mental disorders. As far as essential oils go, this is a powerhouse which should definitely be in your rotation. Put a couple drops in your hand and inhale, to really draw the benefits of this oil. Do so, and experience a sense of calm engulf your being as you fall further into a state of blissful relaxation.
Experiment with essential oils
Why not try and see what essential oils can do for you and your relaxation routine? Stick a few drops in your evening bath, apply to your wrists or behind your ears. You could go one step further and invest in a diffuser. Believe me, these oils can really interact with your mental state in a positive way. Just one sniff of sandalwood, ylang-ylang or lavender can change up your relaxation routines. Explore the soothing world of these essential oils, and thank me later.