How to use lavender essential oil to treat anxiety and depression
Lavender is perhaps one of the best and most commonly used “adaptogens” today – meaning it can adapt to any mood. A perfect pick-me-up, it’s fresh and floral aroma is relaxing and calming. lavender essential oil is excellent for improving mental concentration, reducing stress, calming agitation and alleviating insomnia.
When it comes to anxiety, research suggests that applying essential oils topically might perhaps be one of the most effective ways to experience the full benefits. In the case of lavender essential oil, a study showed that the medicinal properties of lavender entered the blood stream in as little as five minutes of rubbing the oil on to the skin.
How to use lavender essential oil for stress and anxiety:
1. Inhale lavender oil directly for an immediate calming effect
Simply rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your palms and take a deep breath. The scent enters the amygdala, the center for emotions, and provides a feeling of instant relaxation. Great for use in the office, while traveling or in crowded areas!
If you’d rather not apply the oil directly, put 1-2 drops in a handkerchief or a cotton pad and inhale.
2. Relieve stress headaches
Rub 1-2 drops of lavender oil into your temples to ease a tension headache. In fact for full body relaxation you can rub 1-2 drops on the wrists or the feet as well.
3. Lavender tea for stress relief
Making a fragrant lavender herbal tea at the end of a long day, can be a great way to unwind. Sip and whiff at the same time!
4. Lavender stress relief essential oil blend – Use as a body massage oil/moisturizer
1. 6 drops Clary Sage Oil
2. 2 drops Lemon Oil
3. 3 drops Lavender Oil
4. 6 tsp of a carrier oil – such as fractionated coconut oil (which is a liquid at room temperature and does not stain), jojoba or moringa oil. Moringa oil is great for dry skin so this recipe also makes an excellent moisturizer.
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