Essential oils for balance: Using nature to improve your life
Essential oils for balance
Living a balanced life in our hurried, chaotic world seems like a pipe dream. But it is possible, especially if you have the right tools. One of the best, easiest, most effective, and cheapest (relative) ways of achieving balance is by using essential oils. One of the many natural therapies available to help balance your mental state, decrease tension, aide relaxation and help control hormonal fluctuations, essential oils offer nearly instant positive results.
Through diffusion, direct inhalation, and topical application, essential oils can become a balancing and affirming part of your day.
The best balancing essential oils:
1. Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil can help the body balance hormones, especially through its ability to induce calm and decrease feelings of stress, depression and other negative emotions.
2. Clary sage essential oil
Clary sage essential oil works to balance a wide range of negative emotions and can help to regulate hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle. Clary sage can reduce cortisol levels while improving thyroid hormone levels.
3. Frankincense essential oil
One of the most expensive essential oils, frankincense has incredible therapeutic properties. This essential oil can help to improve your focus, boost concentration levels, minimise irritability and calm restlessness. It can also help support, protect and heal your body.
4. Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil, like all citrus essential oils, has an uplifting effect on the mind. The oil can help combat anger, depression, anxiety, fear, nervousness, even grief.
5. Sandalwood essential oil
This essential oil is effective at balancing testosterone levels in both men and women. It can help ground you, or when you need to feel at peace.
6. Bergamot essential oil
Another citrus essential oil, bergamot oil is known for its mood-balancing properties. Uplifting, use this oil when you are feeling down, overwhelmed, sad or in need of balance. It can also be used to fight fatigue, decrease cortisol levels, and help with depression and anxiety.
7. Patchouli essential oil
Often used for relieving feelings of emptiness or emotional disconnection, patchouli essential oil is a beautiful oil to help bring balance into your emotions. Use the oil to decrease depression and anxiety.
8. Roman chamomile essential oil
One of the most calming essential oils, Roman chamomile can aid in balancing feelings of anxiety, reduce destructive emotions such as anger, recklessness, aggression and impulsiveness and can help with feelings of nervousness.
9. Rose essential oil
Known for its sedative healing properties, rose oil is also excellent for improving mental health, boosting compassion and amplifying a feeling of joy. The oil can also provide relief from excessive worry, anxiety, grief, jealousy and post-traumatic stress.
10. Thyme essential oil
Research has shown that thyme essential oil has beneficial progesterone-balancing effects. It benefits the body by improving progesterone production. Many man and women are low in progesterone. Low levels have been linked to infertility, PCOS and depression, as well as other hormone imbalances in the body.
11. Basil essential oil
Basil essential oil increases the body’s natural response to both physical and emotional stress by decreasing cortisol levels. This has a positive impact on stress, sleep issues, exhaustion and fatigue and forgetfulness.
12. Myrtle essential oil
Myrtle oil can stimulate thyroid activity. Studies have shown that myrtle oil can balance and normalize hormonal imbalances of the thyroid, as well as the ovaries.
How to use essential oils for balance
· Mix some coconut oil with the essential oil and rub it on different areas of the body. This will allow them to be absorbed into the body through the skin.
· Add 1/4 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath, then add 3 drops of clary sage and 2 drops of lavender. Soak in the bath to help relieve symptoms.
· Create an aromatherapy formula consisting of 2 drops of clary sage oil and 2 drops of lavender oil to help improve balance.
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