The Top Essential Oils For Relaxation

By Deborah Anderson
Updated July 13, 2016
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The Top Essential Oils For RelaxationThe term ‘relaxation’ has many different meanings to each individual person and it is dependent on the context in which the term is being used. However, generalizations over what relaxation can mean usually stems from the official dictionary definition of having no tension or anxiety present. With this in mind, the pursuit of achieving this relaxed state begins as a pursuit to alleviate anxiety. Therefore, sustained relaxation is much more attainable, especially with the added use of oils. The top essential oils for relaxation have a wide array of effects and situations when their use is appropriate.

1.) Lavender

The most widely considered of these essential oils is that of Lavender. Lavender oil serves as an anti-inflammatory aid as well as in the reduction of anxiety, migraines and even the effects of insomnia. This is best utilized (usually by a method of vaporization or by means of a diffuser) at night some time before bed, when the body will be most at rest, resulting in a greater effect. Stress, however affects us in a number of ways, one of which can be increased blood pressure.

2.) Lemon Balm Oil

Increased blood pressure can be expertly attended to by lemon balm oil, which is one of the more sought-after aromatherapy oils. This is the case due to its high volume of availability and effects of significant reductions in irritability, depression, and tension. This oil is also a highly recommended compliment to Lavender as well as Chamomile, Vetiver and Jasmine.

3.) Chamomile

Chamomile is commonly found in tea and is used worldwide as a sleep aid for insomniacs. Found in flowering plants in almost every corner of the world, it has been noted in its aid of combating the negative effects of depression and generalized anxiety. However, the use of chamomile is highly advised against by doctors in the first four months of pregnancy due to possible uterine contractions that can end in miscarriages. Those allergic to variants of ragweed also are advised against it due to possible allergic reactions which may occur.

4.) Vetiver

Vetiver is found in a grass (formally known as Chrysopogon zizanioides) that is native to India exclusively. Originally cultivated for traditional medicine in South Asia and West Africa, in more recent years the hunger for the plant has encouraged aromatherapy and botanical skin creams. Its use in oil stabilizing a hyperactive mind and even dealing with the effects of PTSD is coupled with its use in treating acne and abscesses.

5.) Jasmine

Jasmine is without a doubt one of the most popular and widely-praised herbs used today. From scented candles and lotions, to energy boosters and antidepressants, jasmine is a highly versatile plant. Acting as a natural muscle relaxant, jasmine also helps quell many generalized fears and anxieties whilst promoting optimistic attitudes and even sometimes being utilized as a natural aphrodisiac. Its ability to combine with many similar oils (such as Bergamot and Lemon Balm) keeps its effects ever-changing and also essential to achieving and retaining lower stress levels.

Oil-based aromatherapy is one of the few ways humans have been chasing after relaxation since the dawn of recorded history. With incense and infused baths starting the science of aromatherapy back in the days of ancient Egypt and Rome, the methods have barely changed but the knowledge has grown exponentially.

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