Learn the best essential oils for relaxation. 6 relaxing essential oils that you need to try.
Essential oils for relaxation
Mothers are always on the go. From keeping our kids fed, houses clean, laundry done (bonus for folding it), bills paid, and work done, there is very little time to decompress and relax.
And with all we have on our plates, it’s more important than ever that we make time to relax. Let’s learn about the best essential oils for relaxation!
According to the Mayo Clinic, research shows that practicing relaxation has many different benefits.
Some of these include:
- Slow your heart rate
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve digestion
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Reduce the activity of stress hormones
- Improve mood
- and many other benefits
With limited time to relax, you want to make sure to get the biggest return on the time you do have, and essential oils are key. While these oils work well anytime, if you have a few minutes each day to sit quietly it is even better.
You can take a few minutes by yourself to just sit in quiet. You can pray or just sit in silence with your preferred essential oil. It can be applied topically or placed in a diffuser.
Studies show that you will start to see the benefits even more quickly than using the oils alone. Let’s get started with the best essential oils for stress.
What essential oils are good for relaxation?
There are numerous essential oils that are great for relaxation. Some of our favorites include Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium Oil, Chamomile and others.
Keep reading for all of the best calming essential oils. These are some of our favorite essential oils with relaxing effects.
Best Essentials Oils for Relaxation
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is the granddaddy of essential oils for relaxation. It also is useful for insomnia, hair loss, pain, anxiety, and stress.
My favorite body wash for my kids has lavender, and it helps to set a nice, calming tone for the rest of the bedtime routine.
For you, try massaging a couple drops of lavender oil onto your wrists or temples. Make sure to test your skin first to make sure you don’t have a sensitivity.
If you do, mix with a carrier oil before applying topically. This is also a great oil to diffuse. Learn all about the uses of Lavender.
2. Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang essential oil comes from the tree with the same name found in Asian and South Pacific rain forests. It is great for stress relief and combating depression. Not to mention it is extremely useful with skin conditions and disinfecting wounds.
It can be applied topically, or it’s a nice addition to your bath water to decompress at the end of a long day.
3. Tangerine, Orange Essential Oil, and Bergamot Essential Oil
I grouped these together because they all have similar benefits and properties. All three have that great citrus scent that simultaneously acts as a mood enhancer and has a calming effect.
They also may promote healthy sleep by fighting insomnia and are wonderful for skin care. One word of caution – your skin may be extra sensitive to the sun with these oils. So, you will need to be careful while using this if you plan to be outside in the sunlight.
Be on the lookout for Roman chamomile oil which is more appropriate for mental health – stress, anxiety, and relaxation. Just today, a friend of mine shared that she used a chamomile bath wash for her toddler and it made a significant difference in calming him before bedtime.
Do the same for yourself with a soothing cup of chamomile tea in the evening as you unwind. Chamomile is wonderful for reducing stress.
This is one of our favorites and always works perfectly after a long day for relaxing. There are so many different ways to use chamomile and it always works great.
5. Clary Sage
Clary sage is a relaxing essential oil that helps to reduce anxiety, lower tension, stress, and migraines. It can be a huge help for women during their menstrual cycles.
It can produce a euphoric feeling while promoting relaxation so should not be used during pregnancy or prior to driving.
6. Geranium Oil
Geranium oil is extracted from plants. It is great for the skin, and its gentle, calming effects does wonders to relieve stress and anxiety. It also promotes balance and can help to minimize the effects of menopause, such as hot flashes.
Each of these oils works nicely on their own, but don’t be afraid to try blending to find the right mixture for you. If you do blend, make sure to come back and tell us what blends you liked.
Start relaxing with these essential oils.
Choose one of these oils from the list and get started today relaxing. You will be on your way to being less stressed.
These easy to follow tips and tricks make it easy to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Which essential oil do you plan on using first? Leave a comment and let us know how it works for you.