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Calming Essential Oils

MS. Nida Ghani

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Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted from leaves, flowers, barks and roots of a plant. They are characteristically “the life-force” of a plant and are distilled out as concentrated, aroma compounds. Essential oils have been used since ancient times in various regions including Egypt, China, and Southern Europe. Back in the days, they were applied to dead bodies in the embalming process and used to treat soldiers in the war. Their more modern usage is now in aromatherapy, muscle and body relaxation, alleviating pain, improving digestion and healing certain skin conditions. It is best to use pure essential oils, the ones that have not been diluted with additives. They have a lot of micro and macronutrients that can fight inflammation, nourish the body, balance hormones, fights signs of aging, and lower stress. Here are 8 oils essential for your health that you can use to promote alleviate stress and promote body relaxation!

1- Juniper Berry Oil

Juniper berry oil has a sweet fragrance and a hint of balsamic. It is used to cleanse the renal (urinary) system, promote skin health, and fight contamination. It is also antibacterial. Those who are susceptible to urinary tract infections can use it to maintain kidney health. It has nearly 87 types of active compounds, like antifungals and antioxidants. Juniper berry oil also has calming agents that can help relieve stress help with burnout.

2- Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has a very relaxing and calming effect. It can also help restore the nervous system. It assists with sleep, restlessness, inner peace, panic attacks, irritability and general nervous tension. Inhaling lavender essential oil can help reduce stress and anxiety. The oil is also said to have anxiolytic effects. Research has also shown that lavender essential oil helps to lower anxiety in patients who are about to go for surgeries or to the dentist.

3- Rose Oil

The scent of rose oil is very calming and soothing. Rose oil may also help clear up skin infections and fight breakouts. Rose oil is also great for relieving stress and anxiety. This essential oil is often used during aromatherapy sessions to help patients suffering from depression.

4- Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang essential oil is very uplifting for the senses and can help treat anxiety. It can help with optimism, courage, and cheerfulness. It may also help calm nervous palpitations. It has also been said to be a moderately strong sedative and it can help with insomnia.

5- Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil has anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, and antibacterial qualities. It also influences the autonomic sensory system and expands blood oxygen immersion? It is also great for the skin. Jasmine oil is also very soothing and can help insomnia patients go to sleep.

6- Bergamot orange

Bergamot orange is an essential oil that is obtained from the Citrus bergamia tree. The rind of the oranges is cold pressed to extract the oil. It is an aromatherapy oil that is famous for relieving anxiety.

Bergamot orange essential oil showed an anxiety reducing effect on rats when they inhaled it, according to one 2015 systematic review. Through a 2013 study it was found that aromatherapy using bergamot orange essential oil resulted in reduced anxiety levels in people who were awaiting a minor surgery, as compared to inhaling water vapors.

7- Clary sage

Clary sage is a medicinal herb. Most people believe that it has anxiety-relieving properties.

In 2013 a small-scale study analyzed the effects of essential oil in 34 females who had urinary incontinence. During a bladder examination the participants inhaled either of these three essential oils: clary sage, lavender, or almond.

The results showed that as compared to the participants who inhaled lavender and almond essential oils, those who inhaled the clary sage oil experienced a notable decrease in their blood pressure and respiratory rate.

The conclusion of the study was that during a bladder examination, inhaling clary sage oil may help a person feel calm.

8- Lemon

This essential oil comes from lemon rind or leaves, and it has a rich citrus scent.

In 2015, it was found through a systematic review that maze studies in rats and mice point out that being exposed to lemon oil may result in an anxiety-reducing effect in them.

Nonetheless, it is also said by the review’s authors that animals being constantly exposed to lemon oil had opposite effects and that their response may have been stressful.

So, the best option to use lemon oil would be in lower doses or for short time spans.

Citrus essential oils also increase sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, when using lemon essential oil, a person should always protect their skin from sun exposure.

What better way to finish your stressful day off than a few drops of your favorite humidifier sprinkled in your humidifier. These oils essential for your health can work like a charm. You can also consult a psychologist if you have been feeling stressed lately. You can find and book an appointment with top Psychologist in Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad through oladoc.com, You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

MS. Nida Ghani - Author Ms. Nida Ghani is a Psychologist practicing in Lahore. Over the last 3 years, she has been helping her patients deal with various mental and psychological conditions. You can get an appointment with her through oladoc.

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