7 Things NOT To Mix With Your Essential Oils

In this nutrition bite, we’ll be discussing a fast, simple, useful tool you can use to relieve stress and improve your well-being!

We know two of the most effective solutions for minimizing stress long term are engaging in more stress relieving activities, or taking things off our plates. 

Though these are tried and true methods to reduce stress under the right circumstances, sometimes, adding on one more thing to the life we are already overwhelmed by, even if it’s meditation, can feel like too big a task. 

And on the other end, reducing the number of tasks we’re responsible for is a logical solution, but rarely a feasible one in the short term. 

We will always advocate for the big ways to reduce stress; better sleep, a diet designed for optimal nutrition, adequate physical activity, engagement in calming activities like art or meditation, etc. 

However, we’re also conscious of the fact that it can take time to develop stress reducing habits, so it’s also necessary to come up with fast, simple stress reducing methods. 

That’s the wonderful thing about aromatherapy, which uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being, most commonly through essential oils. 

You can diffuse essential oils in a diffuser while working at home, or keep some diluted in a dark, glass bottle in your desk at work to smell every few hours. With the right scent combinations and use, essential oils can help calm nerves within a matter of minutes. 

Aromatherapy will not solve all your problems, but it is a wonderful, quick and easy tool to use to alleviate stress and anxiety, both alone and in addition to more time consuming calming techniques.

Many studies have noted the positive effects of using high quality essential oils have many psychological effects such as reducing anxiety and depression, as well as being effective sleep aids. 

A 2016 meta-analysis found that aromatherapy was effective at reducing pain as well, when combined with conventional treatments. [1] 

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

In short, there is a unique connection between the brain and our sense of smell. As described in this handy guide to using essential oils for stress relief… 

When an odorant molecule floats through the air into your nose, it lands on tiny hairs inside your nose called cilia. The cilia then start to vibrate, generating an electrical signal. 

The signal travels up to a receptor cell, which starts to bundle packets of smell information and sends projections into the olfactory bulb. The smell information is even further bundled into packets that travel to the limbic system via pyramidal cells.

…In the limbic system, an emotional shift occurs in response to the smell. When you breathe in an essential oil, molecules enter the limbic system and elicit an emotional response. This can be especially useful for relieving stress.”

Some Of Our Favorite Scents For Stress Reduction Include:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Geranium

When buying essential oils, quality is of utmost importance. Look for oils that are organic, 100% pure (no added ingredients or “fragrance”), and sold in dark glass bottles (as they are sensitive to light and plastic).

For more information regarding the best essential oils to improve your wellbeing, check out this complimentary ebook, Relieving Stress with Essential Oils! by Dr. Lindsey Elmore.

In it, you’ll find numerous essential oil combinations designed to combat feelings of stress and anxiety, and help make life a little more manageable. (In addition to making it smell a lot better!)

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5192342/pdf/PRT2016-8158693.pdf


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