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Combat Nervous Tension With Essential Oils

Updated on November 30, 2010

Essential Oils for Nervous Tension

We encounter a lot of stress daily. Everyday, we seem to be served a different kind of stressful dish. We can’t totally control the levels and degree of stress that we encounter everyday but thankfully, we can find ways to manage it. People who experience great levels of stress sometimes resort to unhealthy ways of relaxing themselves like doing drugs, smoking, drinking, or overeating. These can be considered as “quick fixes” but did you know that it will be harmful to the body in the long run? You can find lots of other ways to de-stress and relieve yourself of tension. You can relieve nervous tension with essential oils.

More Than a Fad

Some might think that using essential oils and using other natural and organic remedies to relieve stress is just a fad; a marketing strategy made to increase the sales of scented candles, aromatherapy paraphernalia, etc. But did you know that a lot of medical researches have already proven that aromatherapy can indeed address a wide variety of medical issues, with stress and tension on top of the list.

Aromatherapy is also becoming popular today because aside from being inexpensive, it can also be done in the comfort of your own home – you don’t have to go to expensive spas or massage parlors to feel revived and rejuvenated.

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Aromatherapy 101

Despite of the obvious implication of the word “Aromatherapy”, it is not all about using pleasant smells to alleviate one’s tension and change the mood of a person.  Aromatherapy actually takes advantage of the essential oils extracted and purified from plant extracts.  The essential oils extracted from plants are the ones that promote and maintain physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Essential oils are liquid containing healing and powerful characteristics from the plants from which they are derived.  Different results can be achieved greatly depending on the chemical characteristic of the plant with the oil mixture.

The essential oil can enter the bloodstream by either topical application or inhalation.  The oils spread and travel throughout the body to give a feeling of calmness and serenity.

Essential Oils to Get Rid of Stress
Anti-stress essential oils are believed to contain natural chemicals from the plants that they are derived from which makes them very effective in reducing one’s stress.  The chemicals are said to be the ones responsible for soothing the central nervous system as well as make the body recover from muscle tension, nervous tension, headache, etc.  Blending stress-relieving oils can be achieved by the process of synergy.  The concept of synergy believes that combined oils can deliver a more soothing effect and works better in relieving stress.

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Oils and Blends

There are a lot of essential oils known to relieve stress, but only a few stand out in terms of effectiveness and affordability.  For first timers, aromatherapy oils can be quite heavy on the pocket because most of the oils are sold in huge quantities.

The most recommended blend for beginners is the nervous system tonic.  This tonic balances the emotions with its distinct rose fragrance.  A bitter type of inedible orange, Bergamot, has an energizing citrus scent that is well known for alleviating stress.  The nervous system tonic and Bergamot are mixed together to make a mixture that can effectively relieve stress and tension.

Another oil with a crisp, citrus scent is lemongrass.  This is known to be very helpful in healing people who are perpetually stressed,  Lemongrass mixed with patchouli can create an earthly oil that can calm and balance the emotions.  The essential oil smells really pleasant and can soothe and calm the nerves of stressed people.

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Aromatherapy Vs. Stress

As mentioned earlier, aromatherapy can either be applied on the skin or inhaled.  Your choice of delivery or application will depend on your schedule.  If your schedule is very hectic and you don’t have enough time to apply essential oils lavishly on your body, you can simply place the oil in a bottle of inhalant and you can inhale the oil while you are on the go.

Dosage Issues
Just like medicines, essential oils also have certain dosage or limits.  Remember that essential oils are very potent that is why it is also not good to overuse them.  Just use the needed or recommended amount; there’s no need to go overboard.

Inhalation Method
If you want to inhale the essential oils, start off by adding heat to the oil so that it will be dispersed in the air making it easy for you to breathe it in.  This method, however, is optional because you can simply inhale the essential oil without really heating it.

Skin Application

The most convenient and popular way to incorporate essential oils in your daily regimen is to simply add 6 drops of your essential oil of choice into three tablespoons of olive oil. After mixing the oils together, pour the mixture into your tub or into your body wash. By doing so, you will be able to apply essential oils on your skin every time you take a bath.

You can also transfer the mixture into a bottle and use it every time you decide to give your family and loved ones backrubs or massages. Not only will they be thankful for the massage, but they will also benefit from the wonderful effects of the essential oil that you will use.

Au Naturel
There will constantly be new and never ending sources of stress in our lives. We have no control of them, but we can always find ways to manage them so that they will not interfere with our lives. Knowing how to handle stress will not only make you less susceptible to sicknesses, it will also make you look and feel younger.

Essential oils have already been proven by medical studies that it can effectively and safely lower the levels of stress, anxiety and tension among people. In addition to that, essential oils are more economical. More and more people are already choosing to relieve nervous tension with essential oils. And why wouldn’t they? Using essential oils to relieve stress is better than resorting to unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, etc.


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    deeksha 6 years ago

    not bad!!!