The Scent of Relaxing Essential Oils

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Whatever your favorite means of relaxation, aromatherapy can enhance the soothing and restorative effects. Whether you like a bath, nap, massage, yoga, deep breathing or simply sitting with your feet up, including some essential oils in your life can help elicit peaceful relaxation for your body, mind and spirit.

Researchers have proven that essential oils have a measurable effect on brain wave patterns. When stimulating oils, such as Rosemary are inhaled, bets brain waves (which indicate a state of alertness) are amplified. Alpha and theta brain waves, indicative of relaxation, are increased with oils that are regarded as calming, such as Jasmine, Lavender, Cedarwood family, Frankincense and rose.

How Essential Oils Ease Stress

Essential oils give flowers, herbs, spices and fruits their characteristic scents. These fragrant plant essences do far more than just giving us pleasant aromas. Once in the essential oil form they are highly concentrated with potent healing properties and are effective for easing a variety of physical and psychological disorders.

When essential oils are inhaled or applied to the skin, the aromatic molecules enter the bloodstream and re circulated throughout the body. Used in this way, they help alleviate some physical maladies, including digestive upset, headaches and muscle tension associated with stress. Scents are detected by olfactory cells in the nose, which communicates with the brain. The olfactory nerve pathways are a direct link to the limbic portion of the brain, which is the seat of emotions, memories, intuition and sexual response. For this reason, the sense of smell-of all of the senses—is the most influential trigger of memories and emotions.

Bathe Away Stress with Essential Oils

Soaking in a warm bath is an effortless way to take a time-out from the stresses of daily life. Adding essential oils to the water takes the bath from a pleasant experience to a truly restorative ritual. Don’t underestimate the emotional lift that you’ll get from taking a few minutes to create a soothing and beautiful atmosphere, even you guys out there: Light a few candles, put on some relaxing music, and have a thick, soft towel and cozy robe nearby.

Depending on the oils you choose, you can create a deeply relaxing bath that will prepare you for a good night’s sleep, or a bath that will help you unwind from a busy day while restoring your energy for an evening out.

Baking soda, Bath salts (Epsom, Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan), full fat milk or Heavy whipping cream are excellent additives for helping evenly disperse the essential oils. Baking soda and milk will help soften the skin, while the Salts are rich in magnesium, which relaxes the nervous system and muscles. You must add a touch of carrier oil to taste as this will help give the essential oils something to bind to, this way the small molecules will not just float on top, evaporate and create a less therapeutic bath.

Tension Taming Bath

Geranium (Rose or China) 5 drops

Clary Sage 3 drops

Orange, Sweet 2 drops

Additive of choice 1/2 cup

(Baking soda, milk, bath salts)

Carrier oil of choice 1-2 Tbsp.

Mix all ingredients together in a small glass container. Add to a bathtub of already run warm water and soak for 15-30 minutes.

Mood-Mending Bath

Lavender, France 5 drops

Chamomile Roman 3 drops

Bergamot 2 drops