According to stress.org, “there are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected (see stress effects on the body stress diagram)”
Results of the APS Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey 2015 shows that:
- 35 per cent of Australians report having a significant level of distress in their lives;
- 26 per cent of Australians report above normal levels of anxiety symptoms;
- 26 per cent of Australians report having moderate to extremely severe levels of depression symptoms; and
- In 2015, anxiety symptoms were the highest they have been in the five years of the survey.
This results are not really all that surprising as many people come to me looking for a natural solution to help manage and reduce feelings of stress!
Thankfully, we can call on these wonderful ‘gift’s of the earth’ from Mother Nature herself to help us to reduce symptoms of stress.
Many people are turning to essential oils to reduce stress in their lives. Stress takes many forms in our lives, from the momentary stress of getting through that bad rush-hour traffic to the stress of planning an event or going through a major life change.
Here is a list of the top used stress-relief oils and suggested ways to use them.
Frankincense: Apply to the bottom of your feet when you feel the need to relax and balance mood.
Vetiver: Thanks to its grounding aroma, Vetiver is the perfect oil to add to your diffuser, or you can also use it topically to calm the mind. (You can also combine it with Lavender, Lavender Peace or Balance to enhance the effects.)
AromaTouch® Massage Blend: If you’ve never experienced an AromaTouch Hand Technique, now may be the time to try. Find a friend and go over the instructions here. Feel the stress melt away into the background.
Elevation: This blend is perfect to put in a bath after a long day. To make sure the oil gets well dispersed, also add a teaspoon of honey, vegetable oil, epsom salts or whole milk and add the oil just before stepping in. (This prevents the oils from evaporating before you get in.)
Lavender: We are better able to handle stress when we’ve had enough sleep, and this calming oil is a common go-to for a soothing night’s rest. Simply add a drop or two to the bottom of your feet or on your pillowcase right before going to bed.
Balance: doTERRA’s grounding blend is perfect for those moment’s when things are getting too much, it is called the grounding blend for a reason and is perfect for reducing feelings of stress.
Wild Orange: At the beginning of a stress-filled day, consider diffusing Wild Orange essential oil to provide a revitalizing aroma that will help get you through any task, it is an uplifting oil that combines well with Lavender and Frankincense.
Hawaiian Sandalwood: This oil is great to use during meditation because of its grounding and uplifting properties.
If you haven't used oils yet for stress, this is a good place to start. Everyone is different, and can feel more relief from different oils.
If you are not yet using essential oils, I would love to help you get started. You can download my ‘Introduction to Essential Oils and how you can get started with them e-book by clicking the image below.