This article is about organic essential oils to calm yourself emotionally. And as emotions at times turn into physical sensations like nausea I also mention one to solve that.
When I was the caretaker of my mother I often rubbed her hands with lavender oil. Probably the touching did just as much as the oil. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed this habit and it calmed her considerably.
It would have been better to rub her neck and shoulders with the lavender oil but she didn’t like that. Our compromise worked fine because the scent got into her nose anyway. Essential oils work so well because they act directly on the olfactory system in the brain when inhaled.
I use organic essential oils to be certain of the quality. Since my first acquaintance with the oils I have become more and more enthusiastic and I now use them for anything and everything.
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The wonders of essential oils
Essential oils have been used for centuries to remedy all kinds of ailments, both physical and emotional. Some, like tea tree oil, are great to treat minor wounds while others like grapefruit are known for their fat-burning properties. However, the most common use for essential oils is to help induce a state of relaxation or calming.
A word of caution: essential oil is very concentrated and usually not dangerous at all because they are natural. However, because of the concentration, some people are allergic to some of the oils. Always test an oil first on a small patch of skin to make sure you are not allergic to it.
TIP: diffusing an essential oil can be done in 2 ways.
- Put a few drops in your non-dominant hand, rub it gently 3 times with your dominant hand in a clockwise direction, and cup your hands in front of your nose as you inhale the scent.
- Poor 8-12 drops in a diffuser filled with filtered water.
Organic essential oils to calm the mind
Lavender oil may very well be the most common essential oil used for relaxation. As said I used it to calm my mother and nowadays I inhale it every night to sleep better. Rub it into the Vita-Flex points for a stronger effect.
Lavender is found in many blends of essential oils. A lot of brands have blends with names like StressAway, Tranquility, or Harmony.
Ylang Ylang oil
Ylang Ylang is derived from the tree Cananga odorata and has a lovely flowery scent. It’s used to calm anxiety and set a romantic atmosphere in the house but also for beauty products because of its moisturizing quality.
The most common use of Ylang Ylang is diffusing. Other applications are: Take a hot bath with some drops in the water. Rub 2-4 drops of oil on your neck or wrists for a calming effect. Add it to a carrier oil and massage your head to condition your hair and nurture your scalp.
Chamomile oil, both Roman and German, are wonderful for their calming and relaxing properties. They also help with treating PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problems, as well as heal and regenerate tissue.
Many practitioners recommend using Chamomile to treat irritable children and colicky infants. Diffuse the oil to create a calming atmosphere
When you consider that 10 kilos of rose petals are needed for 5 ml of oil, then you understand why Rose essential oil is the more expensive oil. It is used to induce calm and relaxation. And is said to be able to heal emotions and trauma by bringing warmth to the heart and soul.
It blends well with Patchouli, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Chamomile, and Ylang-Ylang. You can apply it directly to your skin or mix it with vegetable oil. It’s also great for blending with massage oil or putting it in a warm bath.
Like Rose oil, Jasmine essential oil belongs to the more expensive oils. To enhance the mysterious character of the oil, the flower is harvested at night, before the sun rises. Jasmine oil blends well with Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood, and Citrus oils.
Jasmine has a recognizable fragrance and is commonly used as an aphrodisiac, to treat headaches, fatigue, soothe coughs, improve and tone skin, and calm menstrual issues.
Melissa essential oil has a light lemon scent. As with all precious oils, many counterfeits are available.
Melissa has a calming and soothing effect. If Lavender oil does not help you sleep, it is a good idea to try Melissa instead, perhaps mixed with Rose oil.
If you don’t like floral scents then Cedarwood will appeal to you more. This oil is also less expensive than flowery oils, while the properties are the same. A relaxing oil that also improves the appearance of your skin and hair.
An organic essential oil to calm the body
If you feel bloated easily during or after eating, peppermint oil is great. The oil contains menthol that provides comfort to the gastrointestinal tract and cools tired muscles.
Gently rub a few drops on your stomach or abdomen or put 1 drop on the part between the attachment of your thumb and your hand and lick it. If you’ve never taken Peppermint before, do it carefully. The fragrance is powerful and you may have to get used to it.
This oil is also perfect to use in your homemade toothpaste or to add to your food.
The essential oils I have mentioned here are great to calm your mind or body. And as you have seen in the description they have other benefits as well. Essential oils are marvelous for your personal care and well-being.
What is your favorite essential oil? Tell us in the comment box below.