Stress is one of the most taxing burdens on the human body, having been linked to a plethora of psychosomatic illnesses, anxiety, depression, respiratory problems, and more – definitely not what you need in your daily life! Thanks to our increasingly busy schedules and ever-growing lists of obligations, we're more susceptible than ever to the negative effects of stress, and even more in need of methods to keep it in check.
Used in healing for thousands of years, essential oils can help you restore and keep balance and clarity throughout trying times. Soothing, strengthening, and traditionally used to tame depression, anxiety, and insomnia, lavender and mandarin essential oils can be your best friends during a stressful time. Lavender oil calms breathing, relieves restless energy, and encourages sleep, while mandarin oil has been known to promote happiness, ease nervous tension, and bring clarity and peace to the mind. Both scents are helpful for treating headaches, migraines, and insomnia, calming restlessness, and improving mental function – exactly what you need during those stressful times.
Below are a few tips to maximize the benefits of these incredible oils. Let lavender and mandarin help you have a stress-free day.
Diffuse your oils
The easiest and most convenient way to reap the benefits of essential oils, diffusers scent your space while you work or sleep – so all you have to do is breathe. For a deep, relaxing sleep, add 25 drops of lavender oil to your diffuser. Consider switching to Mandarin to ready your mind for a productive day. You'll have the best-smelling house in the whole neighborhood!
If stress makes you prone to migraines, try this time-tested remedy: blend a few drops of lavender essential oil with peppermint oil and apply to the temples. Using gentle pressure, rub your temples clockwise several times, then switch direction. (Remember: before applying essential oils directly on your skin, test on an area such as your forearm to make sure that you don't have an allergic or adverse reaction.)
Banish stress-induced insomnia
Before bed, sprinkle your freshly-washed pillow with a few drops of lavender or mandarin oil. Breathe deeply – in through your nose and out through your mouth – as you drift into peaceful slumber.
Power your shower
Whether you’re in for a long day or a long night, boost the benefits of your daily shower with Plantlife’s essential oils. Adding a few drops of Lavender or Mandarin oil to the floor of your shower floor can turn your bathroom into makeshift spa, enveloping you in scented steam as the warm water hits. For ultimate relaxation, cover the drain with a washcloth as you breathe in the steam.