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Essential Oils for De-stressing in Spring

I think everyone is getting ready for Spring. The trees are starting to bloom, and we are hoping that we have seen the last snowfall for 2018 (fingers crossed).  There is a lot of cleansing in the air and we’re all preparing for the things that spring brings!

One way to usher in the season and cleanse is by using essential oils. Essential oils can be a great aromatherapy tool to use in your home. In the office, we are always diffusing, changing our scent profiles depending on the season. Our blend right now is geranium, lime and lavender!

Our sense of smell is very much connected to our brain, memory and can be used to de-stress.  Here are some spring scents that can help you de-stress, too!

Bergamot was originally cultivated in Italy for digestive ailments and fevers. It has a fresh, spicy aroma.  It blends well with clary sage, clover, geranium, grapefruit, orange or tea tree.

Chamomile can be used in a bath or shower, or diffused to help calm nerves. Chamomile tea is a favorite for people to drink to help them sleep, and is probably one of the more popular oils. It blends well with lemon, lavender, or frankincense.

Clary Sage can heal muscle cramps and fatigue, and can bring relaxation to any stressful event. Try rubbing a drop in between your hands and breathing in the aroma deeply before a test or meeting. It blends well with lime, orange, rosemary, or geranium.

Coriander was originally used as an aphrodisiac by Egyptians. It has a sweet, earthy smell. It is also helpful in offering relief for headaches and muscle pain. It blends well with ginger, jasmine, lemongrass or orange.

Geranium is an oil from the bright, spring flower. It is considered to be stimulating and balancing. Try diffusing it with clary sage, grapefruit lavender, lemon or peppermint.

Jasmine has been known to alleviate depression, headaches as well as decrease anxiety. Try blending with cedar wood or lavender for a calming smell, or lime or orange for more invigorating smell.

Lavender is one of the more popular oils, and is usually a great starting point for someone beginning to diffuse. It blends well with most other oils, and can be a great addition to any household cleaners as well. It is known to work well to balance emotions to a more positive state, and calming the body.  While lavender blends well with most oils, try it with lemon, grapefruit, geranium or thyme.

Lemon Verbena is a sweet, fresh plant and its oil has a great aroma. It can be used to boost your mood. It is best used on its own, or with lemon or basil (its plant relatives.)

Lime is a great smelling oil that can eliminate moodiness. It can also help clean the air and give a crisp scent to your house. Try it with geranium, sage, or lavender.

Orange oil is a great oil to use with children for calming their moods, soothing tantrums and easing insomnia. It has an uplifting fragrance, and is definitely reminiscent of springtime.  Try diffusing with lavender, lemon, grapefruit or vetiver.

Vetiver is sourced from a tropical grass and has an earthy scent. It is commonly known to be an oil used for ADHD, but can also calm anger and emotional turmoil. Try blending with lemon, lavender, orange or ylang-ylang.

Ylang-ylang promotes mental and emotional balance, and is one of the best for easing anger, depression and stress. It blends well with geranium, orange, chamomile, clary sage and lime.

Some blends we used at Behaved Brain Wellness are:

  • Geranium, lime and lavender
  • Lavender and lemon
  • Orange and Ylang-ylang
  • Chamomile and lemon
  • Bergamot, grapefruit and lavender

There are many essential oil manufacturers, and you want to make sure you are using a high-quality oils.  At the office, we are using Doterra, but Young Living and Plant Life are also popular.

For more information about oils, check out Plant Therapy’s blog!

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Be Well,

Katie Gately
Behaved Brain Wellness Center
Healthier Kids – Happier Parents