Scents are a powerful influencer on emotion and memory. Whether inhaled or absorbed through the skin, the essence of these ancient medicinal oils travels through bloodstream to the the brain and nervous system and can have an impact on the body and brain’s ability to relax, calm and restore. Essential oils can be simply inhaled, placed on various pulse points like the wrists, neck and temples, added to a hot bath or used in self massage with long loving or slow circular strokes. Oils like lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and bergamot have a calming effect on the body and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system-The part of the nervous system that is responsible for rest, restoration and relaxation.
Making your own essential oil is easy and when used thoughtfully and in certain combinations, can help to ease symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety and panic as well as have a profound impact on your overall wellbeing. When combined with a carrier oil (a base oil that is used to dilute an essential oil), essential oils can be massaged into the skin or added to a hot bath for full rest, relaxation and medicinal benefits.
Body or Bath Oil for Stress and Anxiety
Makes about 8 ounces
⅓ cup of almond or grapeseed oil
10 drops of vitamin E oil
6 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of chamomile oil