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Essential oils can help support your body to reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing your mind and body. Like a favorite candle, essential oils stimulate the smell receptors in your nose. This then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions.
Essential oils like lavender, wild orange and roman chamomile can help to relax your mind and body after a long day. Ever wonder why spas use specific aromas in their facilities and aromatherapy massages? More than just a good smell, essential oils can have a positive impact on your mood.
4 Tips to Relax After a Long Day:
1. Turn on your diffuser with a favorite uplifting or calming blend when you walk in the door. Fill your diffuser with water and add 5-8 drops of a desired oil or a combination of a few oils. Looking for something uplifting? Go for citrus and mint oils – lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, peppermint, spearmint. Need something relaxing? Opt for florals and woods – lavender, geranium, white fir, cedarwood, vetiver, roman chamomile. Set the scene for your evening from the moment you get home.
2. Take a relaxing bath. Place a drop of Eucalyptus in the corner of your shower for an invigorating shower. Or, treat yourself and enjoy a soak in your tub with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils like lavender, rosemary or bergamot. Play relaxing music and relax as the stresses of the day wash away.
3. Add 1-2 drops of copaiba essential oil to water or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous and respiratory system. Or, add a few drops to an empty veggie cap or take a ready-made copaiba softgel. Taking copaiba internally helps to soothe and calm the nervous system.
4. Place a drop of lavender or doTERRA’s Serenity blend on your pillowcase for a night of restful sleep. Turn on your bedroom diffuser 10 minutes before bedtime with a relaxing sleepy time blend to set the tone for a night of blissful sleep.
Written by: Michelle Fujii
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