3 Essential Oils With Soothing Properties for Stress and Anxiety

Aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies which use essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat several health and wellness issues. Adding a few drops to your diffuser or bath water can change the experience for you. Or put a few drops on a candle before lighting it. The subtle essences have an effect on the body’s chemical and energy systems thus making it a natural remedy to relieve anxiety and stress. Peppermint, lavender and rose are some of the essential oils you can use to relieve symptoms of anxiety or stress and to soothe those nerves.  

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is an important part of most of our lives; from giving our upset stomach some relief to providing our drinks a refreshing taste and aroma, but many are unaware of its calmative properties that can leave you relaxed, release your stress and mental pressure. The menthol present in the herb is known to be a muscle relaxant and is antispasmodic in nature, helping you relax amidst mental stress. It also works to wake up your senses and makes you more attentive.

Tip: When it comes to relieving stress and anxiety, tea infused with peppermint oil is also a good choice. Goodwyn, The Indian Chai are some of the brands offering this flavor.

Lavender oil

This is another oil which works great for relaxing and calming your nerves and ease tension because of its anticonvulsant and neuroprotective properties and is the best choice for those suffering with anxiety.  A few drops on your pillow or in your diffuser can help get you a good night’s sleep if you are suffering from insomnia. It is widely used in candles, perfumes, beauty products and cosmetics for its fragrance and antiseptic properties. It has the ability to help reduce mild pains.

Tip: A few drops of essential oils rubbed on the belly can help you ease your menstrual cramps in a few minutes.

Rose Oil

This is known as the Queen of Oils because of its soothing aroma. A whiff of rose oil can leave you feeling happy and cheerful and uplift your mood in an instant. It’s a great choice when you feel a clout of sadness, grief or when feeling depressed. It also has libido boosting properties. It has been used since ages for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties and is used in both the medical and cosmetic industry.

Tip: Keep distilled water infused with a few drops of rose oil in a small spray bottle and carry it along in your everyday bag. A couple of sprays serve as an instant refresher for hair and skin.

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Tasneem Akbari Kutubuddin has done her masters in Journalism & Communication and has worked as a senior journalist, editor and columnist for leading publications like The Logical Indian, Deccan Chronicle, Worldwide Media Corporation, The Bridge and Provoke. With Infano, she hopes to create more awareness about women’s health issues. Suffering with Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, she has also been advocating for its awareness through media.

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