Using Essential Oils to Manage Stress

Stress impacts your life in a wide range of ways, and can either be episodic stress, acute stress, or chronic stress.

The most common type of stress is acute stress, which is temporary and usually short-term. Chronic stress is what people experience more over a long-term basis, where it keeps returning whether from the same situation or just because you don’t have a good handle on your stress. Chronic stress is often related to a past trauma that keeps coming back into your life. Then there is episodic stress specifically related to the demands you place on yourself, where it comes back in cycles.

Regardless of the type of stress you have, you might be looking for a way to relieve it, but in a more natural way. Essential oils can provide that for you, by using oils extracted from herbs to help with your stress and find relief.

What Essential Oils Can Do

As you know, essential oils are oils that are extracted from different parts of plants, herbs, and flowers. They can come from the leaves, flower petals, herbs, stems, and so much more. There are different processed used for different types of oils, such as lavender oil being extracted in a different process than say lemon essential oil.

What You Should Know About Essential Oils

If you are new to using essential oils, here are a few tips, tricks, and facts you need to become familiar with before you start using them for stress relief:

There are different ways to use essential oils. There is no single best use for any essential oil. The way you use them come down to preference, and what you are trying to benefit from. For example, using lavender oil is great for sunburns and skin irritations, so naturally you would use it directly on the skin. However, other uses for oils include in a diffuser, in the bath, and even by using them in body and skincare products. The options really are endless.

Skin contact requires diluting the essential oil first. It is really important that you dilute an essential oil before putting it on your skin. Pure essential oils are extremely strong, and much too strong for your skin. It should diluted with a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil.

Every oil has multiple health benefits. You will find that many of the oils listed below are not just good for stress relief, but each have their own selection of benefits. Oils might be good for stress relief, along with chronic pain, anxiety and depression, soothing itchy skin, and so much more.

You need to be careful when purchasing essential oils. What you are looking for is “pure” essential oil, not fragrance oil. Make sure you pay close attention to the label and description of the oil, whether purchasing online or in person. If it says fragrance anywhere, put it back and find something that mentions it is 100% pure essential oil.

The Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief

If you are interested in using essential oils to help relieve your stress, here are some of the best ones:

Lavender – Lavender is definitely one of the most popular essential oils in general, but can also be amazing for stress, improving your sleep, and reducing anxiety. Lavender is very calming and soothing, helping to relax you, whether you are dealing with a lot of stress in your life, or just want to wind down after a long day.

Frankincense – Frankincense, like all essential oils, has many health benefits. It can be good for reducing inflammation in the body, relieving chronic pain, and yes, helping with stress. It has been used in many essential oil blends aiming at helping with stress and anxiety.

Ylang Ylang – When you look at different essential oils and blends that are recommended for stress and anxiety, you will probably see ylang ylang each and every time. This essential oil really helps to calm and relax your nervous system, which can help with the heightened levels of stress you are experiencing.

Lemon – Lemon is great because it not only helps with stress and anxiety thanks to the light sedative qualities it has, but it can be great for waking you up and helping with fatigue. For this reason, it is a great essential oil to use in the morning if you wake up with anxiety, but you also want to be more alert to take on the day.

Chamomile – This one is likely not surprising, since chamomile tea is often recommended for relaxation and to promote better sleep. Try a little chamomile essential oil or go the traditional route and have the tea to reduce your stress levels.

Reducing your Toxic Load

This is my most exciting month yet! I could talk for literal hours about reducing our toxic load and what those toxins do to out bodies.
Toxins wreak havoc on our hormones, our emotions, our bodies in general.

Since going toxin free I feel so much better. I didn’t know I felt bad though, I just thought it was normal. When you are in it you don’t know, ya know.

I recently had a family member stay for a week. She used my office as her bedroom….I couldn’t even go in there because of the smell of detergent and perfume. If I could smell it just walking into my office, it made me wonder what those toxins were doing to her body

What is Toxic Load?

A toxin is any substance that places undue stress on the body. The sum of these substances, accumulated within your body, and the burden they place on vital organs at any given time is referred to as your toxic load.

We’re exposed to countless toxins every day with everything we do, from sources we may not even be aware of. Every breath, every bite, every minute under the sun—they all introduce you to substances and chemicals (natural or synthetic) that can negatively impact your health. Your lungs, digestive tract, and skin are the most vulnerable pathways. Your health truly manifests itself from the inside out.

While a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper stress management are self-explanatory foundations of a health-promoting lifestyle, minimizing your toxic load can be just as important. The proper functioning of your vital organs and the minimization of toxic load can influence your health as much as any other controllable factor.

How Do I Reduce My Toxic Load?

Fortunately, your body has a number of different defense mechanisms that protect these vital body systems. It starts with the mucous membranes that line your nose, mouth, and throat, which are meant to trap foreign particles. Inside your digestive tract resides trillions of microorganisms—probiotics—that maintain digestive efficiency and support our immune system’s ability to respond to toxic threats. Finally, the liver and kidneys serve to identify and eliminate toxic substances from your blood.

When functioning properly, your body is an incredibly efficient toxic load–minimizing machine. The key to maintaining these protective mechanisms and internal organs is threefold: minimizing exposure, supporting vital organs, and protecting processes with a healthy diet and regular detoxification.

Reducing Toxic Load to Stay Strong All Season

Green cleaning and natural household products help minimize exposure. Periodic internal cleansing and a healthy gut also help manage your toxic load. Exercise and proper diet are hugely helpful.

Like good health, minimizing your toxic load requires a holistic approach. In turn, it’ll have a holistic effect on your life. Reducing your toxic load can affect all areas of your health and life, helping you stay strong all season.


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