07/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2021 00:08
You've probably heard of people using essential oils for stress. Though some things we use for our bodies are based on research and medical findings, some are based on generational use and are more time-tested for their efficacy. Essential oils most certainly fall into that latter category. These are the things your grandmother's grandmother knew and passed down through the generations to you.
Some essential oils have a reputation for being helpful for people in terms of daily stress management, or simply put, they make people feel better. It is long known that inhaling certain scents can affect our psyche, our mood, and ultimately, our body. Let's talk about some of these essential oils, how to use them to help with stress, and which ones you should consider using for these purposes.
Many people wonder how we used lavender spritzes on our pillowcases or ylang-ylang in the bath. Our modern-day use of essential oils comes from a long history of benefits that culminated in a reputation of sorts for these oils. Over time, as various cultures used the native plants and botanicals in their area for religious purposes, health and wellness, beauty, and other purposes, many of these oils were developed and used.
Many of our current beauty practices originated with the ancient Egyptians, who were the first ones who began using plants, oils, mud concoctions, and other things they found in their environment as a way to beautify their skin and hair. Some of these practices developed into what we now call aromatherapy, which uses scent to influence the mind or mood.
Modern perfumery was also born from these ancient ways. The distillation of oils began somewhere around the 10th century with the Persians. Around the same time, China and India were also developing distillation processes to isolate the oils from certain plants to be useful in a more concentrated way.
Today, many people use essential oils as part of their stress management techniques or add an element of pleasantness to their daily routine. While people enjoy and use these oils to varying degrees, they also report varying responses. Lavender scents may help one person fall asleep soundly; another oil may work better for someone else.
It may take a bit of experimentation to find the right oils or combination of oils that help you feel better, live better, or rest better. When it comes to different ways to manage stress, it probably can't get any more simple or pleasant than using these aromatic oils to stimulate or calm the mind.
While all of these different cultures knew the botanical uses in their region or in nearby areas from trading with neighboring cultures, you and I have basically anything we want available to us. Through modern technology, manufacturing, and shipping practices, you can go online and order essential oils from plants that grow on the other side of the planet.
Using scent to help with stress management is based on how your olfactory senseconnects to your mind. There are nerve endings and olfactory neurons inside your nose that signal your brain to identify and process the scents you encounter. As your brain interprets these signals, it also generates a response to what you are smelling. Terpenesare compounds in essential oils that give each a distinct aroma. For many essential oils, these scents alone can provoke a pleasant response.
Think of how you smell a certain scent, and it brings back memories of something from your childhood. Or how smelling food can generate a hunger response. These reactions in your mind are how scents can affect our mood and how we feel. Each person has a varying level of olfactory sensitivity, which likely explains how we all have varied responses to the use of essential oils for mood enhancement or stress management techniques.
There are a lot of ways to manage stress in your daily life, from meditation to relaxation techniques to coping mechanisms to using essential oils. Using essential oils is one of the easiest and least intrusive methods for managing your mood and dealing with stress in your daily life. Here are a few of the ways you can incorporate essential oils into any lifestyle.
Using essential oils in an aromatherapeutic manner simply means that you breathe in the scents. There are a few different ways you can use essential oils by inhalation:
Some essential oils can be ingested, which provides another way you can use them. However, many are not ingestible and can cause significant health risks. Working with a trained herbalist and asking your doctor's advice before consuming any essential oils is advised.
An easy way to use essential oils is through the use of topicals. This includes beauty products, shampoo, soaps, bath products, and skincare products. The essential oils provide an aromatic experience and a natural way to add fragrance to the products we use on our bodies each day.
Some people should not use essential oils without permission from their doctor or healthcare professional. This includes older adults, children younger than 12, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Knowing which essential oils for stress work best for you is a matter of experimentation. You have to try different ones or combinations to find what works best for you and gives you the desired feelings. Here are a few of the ones commonly used for stress management, relaxation, and mood enhancement.
Some people find that combining essential oils with CBD oil is a good way to get even greater benefits. This is one reason we use essential oils in so many of our products here at cbdMD.
The easiest way to combine the effects of essential oils and CBD oil is to use CBD topicals. Like essential oils, CBD also contains terpenes included in our special Superior Broad Spectrum Formulaso that you can get the most CBD benefits possible from using our products. Combining CBD's entourage effectwith our select essential oils makes for a winning combination for you, inducing even greater results.
Here are some of our most popular topical formulas which incorporate essential oils:
Here's a great blog post on how you can use our CBD topical formulas to enhance your life: A Beginner's Guide to CBD Topicals.
You may find that using these oils is so enjoyable that you feel good using them, among many ways to manage stress. As part of an overall regimen of stress management techniques, essential oils can bring a whole new element to your day. Using essential oils for stress management is an easy and pleasant experience for most people.
Regardless of which oils you choose to use and whether or not you combine them with CBD oil, it's what works for you that really matters. Listen to your body and mind as you try the different oils and see what gives you the best dynamic response and what makes your body feel good.
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