My Top Picks for Calming Essential Oils
Do you have days that leave you overwhelmed and anxious? While I try my best to stay calm and stress-free, some days it just feels like an impossibly daunting task, I do have 3 teenage boys ya know! Thankfully, I can always rely on my collection of essential oils to bring me some calm and peace. Aromatherapy is an excellent option if you want to soothe your anxious nerves and relax.
How They Work:
When you open a bottle of essential oils, the first thing to hit you is its intense scent. Essential oils are made up of volatile aromatic compounds that interact with the scent receptors in the nose. One of the areas affected is the limbic system or the ‘emotional brain’. It is connected to the part of the brain that is responsible for heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, and hormones. Inhaling the scent of an essential oil can help reduce anxious feelings and calm emotions. Some can directly affect mood by promoting feelings of invigoration and balance.
Calming Essential Oil Singles:
While there are several essential oils that are calming and soothing, some are more effective than others. Here are my top picks:
- Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender is one of the favorite essential oils. Thanks to its versatile nature, it can be used in a number of ways. Most importantly, its lovely floral scent has calming and relaxing qualities. It can also help alleviate feelings of tension. When taken internally, it can help promote restful sleep.
- Frankincense Essential Oil:
The ‘King of Oils’ is another great option if you are seeking calm and relaxation. The essential oil has a rich scent that is sweet and resinous, and its list of health benefits is long. Several South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures burn the dried resin from which the oils is extracted as incense during religious and spiritual ceremonies. The scent promotes a feeling of peace and well—being. It helps soothe the nervous system and supports its healthy function. It also induces a feeling of satisfaction.
- Vetiver Essential Oil:
It may not be everyone’s top pick for an essential oil, but Vetiver offers several benefits. Its earthy, herbaceous scent is extremely grounding; this is due to the presence of sesquiterpenes. It has a calming and grounding effect on emotions. If you are preparing for a meeting or a long trip, you can take Vetiver internally by adding a drop to a capsule.
- Bergamot Essential Oil:
Uncap a bottle of Bergamot Essential Oil and inhale its bright, citrusy scent- I bet you will instantly feel your mood improve. Bergamot’s scent is calming and soothing which makes it perfect for when you are feeling overwhelmed with negative emotions and thought. It can help calm the nervous system, reduce negativity, and relax the muscles. Fun fact: Bergamot is a key ingredient in the Earl Grey Tea. Add a drop to your regular tea and enjoy a cup of Earl Grey!
Calming Essential Oil Blends:
The experts at doTERRA have created some truly unique blends that help promote calm and relaxation. These can help reduce anxious feelings and tension, calm emotions, and help you relax.
- doTERRA Serenity:
This blend contains essential oils of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, and Hawaiian Sandalwood. This unique combination of essential oils produces a calming scent that can decrease stress. It can help calm frantic emotions and promote restful sleep.
- doTERRA Balance:
This grounding blend contains essential oils of Frankincense, Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. It is very useful in making your body feel relaxed. It helps tackle anxious thoughts, and evokes a sense of calm and tranquility – in other words, it makes you feel more grounded. Diffuse it at bedtime for peaceful dreams and sound sleep.
- doTERRA Peace:
This blend helps counteract negative anxious feelings, insecurity, and fearfulness, and promotes a sense of peace and contentment. doTERRA Peace blend contains essential oils of Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, and Spearmint Herb.
These are my top picks for calming essential oils. Do you have a favorite essential oil you reach for when you are feeling anxious? Let me know in the comments below.