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Aromatherapy for Reducing Stress and Anxiety and Restoring Emotional Balance

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

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Stress less with the ancient practice of aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment which uses aromatic essential oils to improve the health of the mind, body and spirit and has been used by different civilisations throughout the world for centuries. There are many benefits of incorporating essential oils into your life from boosting concentration, promoting sleep and uplifting mood to reducing stress and anxiety and so much more.

Aromatherapy has seen a resurgence lately as more of us are looking towards more natural ways of healing. Our sense of smell can have a profound effect on our emotional wellbeing. Aromatherapy stimulates the smell receptors of the nose directly linked to the limbic system of the brain and simply smelling a particular scent can affect our physiology. As more of us are experiencing stress and anxiety in our life aromatherapy can help restore emotional balance and calm our fayed nerves!

Essential oils can boost feelings of well-being

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Not only can certain essential oils help reduce stress, anxiety and even depression, they can also boost overall feelings of well-being. You can use them in a diffuser, mixed into bath and massage products, or apply some to pulse points of the skin (when mixed with a carrier oil). Although stress and anxiety have become a normal part of life for many of us at least now we have a powerful tool to help us cope and restore calm.

I often use aromatherapy as an accompaniment to Reiki therapy to enhance the overall benefit of the treatment in providing emotional balance, with positive results. Below are some I would recommend:

10 Essential oils to promote calm and restore emotional balance

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  • Bergamot - When diffused Bergamot has powerful mood stabilizing effects as well as being invigorating. It has an uplifting and clarifying citrus scent and discourages feelings of sadness and helps combat feelings of anxiety . 

  • Lavender – Well known for aiding relaxation and sleep it is ideal for calming those night time worries. It also reduces feelings of anger, agitation and insecurity.

  • Palo Santo – Has a distinctive uplifting and balancing fragrance. It has settling, grounding and calming properties and great for maintaining emotional balance.

  • Roman Chamomile - Highly regarded by ancient Egyptians for its healing properties, it  enhances wellness and supports calm and relaxation.

  • Frankincense - Frankincense can lift your mood, boost the oxygen supply to your brain and stimulate the limbic system, helping to bring your emotions back into check.

  • Rose Geranium - A fragrant mix of rose and citrus, Rose Geranium helps to reduce feelings of stress and worry and brings feelings of calm and positivity, uplifts mood and promotes feelings of well-being.

  • Ylang Ylang - With its sweet, rich, floral scent it is though that Ylang Ylang can help reduce negative emotions, alleviate anxiety and uplift mood. With its relaxing effect it is especially good to use before bed.

  • Jasmine - This essential oil has been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety symptoms. Studies have shown that Jasmine can stimulate your brain to improve your mood and energy levels and it can also calm your nervous system. Inhaling jasmine oil can promote a sense of well-being

  • Clary Sage - Promotes a feeling of calm and can help reduce tension.

  • Neroli - Particularly good for a sudden anxiety attack or when you need quick relief. Neroli has relaxing qualities and is also thought to lift the spirits.

If you are interested in exploring the use of essential oils for your own health and well-being as well as how to restore emotional balance then you may be interested in the course below 'Aromatherapy for Beginners - Easy Ways to Restore Emotional Balance with Essential Oils'

Either way please be aware of how to use essential oils safely.

You can download your FREE Essential Oil Safety Guidelines here.

In warmth

Sharon K

Reiki and Crystal Reiki Master/Teacher

Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

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Information provided for general educational purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice


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