The Best Essential Oils for Managing Stress and Unwinding
Every now and then we need that extra energy boost to help us cope. It is natural to want to reach out for that third cup of coffee when you are having a challenging morning, or that glass of wine after a long day’s work feeling exhausted and you cannot unwind.
Getting motivated, boosting energy levels, or unwinding does not always mean taking undesirable stimulants. Essential oils are a fantastic way to add a pep to your step without sugar, caffeine or alcohol to help you unwind after a long day.
How Essential Oils Boost Energy
Essential oils have a wide variety of health benefits. Research continuously shows that they have an impact on different biological aspects of the body including stress levels, blood pressure, and even the heart rate. When applied topically or inhaled aromatically, these oils directly stimulate the areas of the brain that regulate feelings of stress and tiredness.
This allows essential oils to shift mood at the physiological level, leaving you feeling more upbeat, focused, and ready to take on the day.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is a popular, versatile oil that provides benefits for the mind and body. This citrus oil works by enhancing moods and uplifting spirits. Lemon also has space cleansing and purifying qualities allowing negative energies to clear making way for positive feelings.
Orange Essential Oil
The orange essential oil has a nice sweet scent that delivers that energetic kick. Just like lemon, it enhances moods and lifts your spirits so you can take on the day. As a general rule, citrus oils boost moods and uplift and energise.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon provides an energy boost by producing a warming effect on the body caused by increased blood flow. This effectually jump starts the brain and improves focus. It enhances the metabolism, increasing the overall energy levels. Cinnamon essential oil helps to balance healthy blood sugar levels, inhibiting lethargy that comes after consuming a huge meal or the fatigue that usually accompanies hunger.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Just as most essential oils from the mint family, peppermint does more than just give you a fresh, clean breath, it also uplifts spirits, removes mental fog and boosts focus so you have more hours of work on a clear mind. Use diluted peppermint essential oil topically on the temples or behind the neck to alleviate headaches and remove brain fog. The menthol in peppermint will ease fatigue and stimulate concentration.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is great for reducing stress and anxiety. It has been known to enhance cognitive function, increase memory recollection and focus. It also improves motivation by uplifting moods. Lavender is an excellent pick-me-up when combined with lemon and peppermint. While lavender is an energy booster, it is also a powerful sedative, with a calming effect fantastic for promoting deep sleep when used at night. We use lavender for this reason across the Sleepy Head sleep-promoting collection.
How to use
If you are feeling overwhelmed or are looking to increase focus or motivation consider trying these essential oils. You can either inhale them directly from the bottle or dilute and apply topically to the insides of the wrists or temples to relieve headaches or help you unwind. Check out our 100% essential oil blends, ready to dilute and apply topically or diffuse and inhale. Alternatively use the atmosphere mists to boost and balance moods.