Using Aromatherapy to Combat the “S” Word
Stress. Ahhh … the “s” word. It’s something that affects everyone (some more often than others). Sometimes it’s short-term, and sometimes it hangs around for awhile. While this may be an inevitable part of life, it doesn’t mean you are powerless against it. Stress that isn’t managed properly can have adverse effects on your mood, behavior, and even your physical health. So, it’s time to say ‘no’ to the “s” word once and for all!
Here’s some negative side effects of stress and some tips on how you can help prevent them!
Negative Effects of Stress
Mood: You’re probably already aware that stress can make us a little … cranky. But, it does more than just that! Chronic stress can also cause restlessness, irritability, anger, sadness, and depression. No bueno!
Behavior: Ever heard of “stress eating”? Well, it’s most definitely a thing. Chronic stress can cause someone to undereat or overeat (usually with junk food that sends the automatic “feel good” chemicals to the brain). It can also lead to social withdrawal and drug/alcohol abuse.
Physical Health: Physical health has the most surprising (and scary) side effects that result from chronic stress. Some mild effects include headache, fatigue, sleep issues, digestive problems, muscle tension, and a weakened immune system. More severe problems are obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chest pain, and heart disease. Yikes!
Luckily, we have some good news. There are some natural methods you can use to help prevent and/or relieve stress if it’s already at your doorstep. Amazingly, essential oils are great for stress because they help promote balanced emotions and have a therapeutic effect on our entire body.
Common Essential Oils for Stress
Lavender: Considered the most common essential oil, Lavender has a very calming and soothing scent, which may be helpful in both physical and emotional balancing.
Vetiver: Vetiver has a tranquil, grounding energy, as it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity. It can also be useful during panic attacks and shock.
Frankincense: Frankincense provides a calming energy and promotes spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it can help quiet the mind, lift spirits, and improve attitude.
Bergamot: Bergamot is calming and can help combat feelings of sadness, as well as help with insomnia, induce relaxation, and reduce agitation.
Using some of these oils, we’ve put together a few aromatherapy blends that you can diffuse when you feel the stress bug coming on. And, our Bare Oils are so concentrated that you only need a few drops (a little goes a long way!).
It’s simple! Just fill your Bare Oils Bliss Ultrasonic Diffuser, drop in your desired blend, and let the stress melt away!
Bare Oils Stress Blends
So, next time your muscles are aching, you have a headache, you feel anxious and agitated, or are experiencing decreased productivity and you can’t seem to think of the reason - remember the “s” word. You may think you’re coming on with a cold or another illness, but don’t be so quick to assume! Try out these aromatherapy blends and see if they help with your stress. Trust us!