HEALTH | THE TOP ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STRESS RELIEF

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Since my training with Pranarôm, I speak a lot of my daily use of essential oils to treat my little inflammations or to prevent the evils of winter, but … I have not yet explained the benefits essential oils can bring to fight against the worst scourge of our time: STRESS. And the best natural solution: anti-stress essential oils!

And if anyone can tell you about this horrible stress, it’s me. I’ve always been quite stressed naturally and even though over time I try to adopt a more peaceful lifestyle to appease it, 10 hours a day at work with things not always going the way I want, the morning meditation session often seems very far away.

So, what other solutions? How to naturally succeed in being more relaxed and soothed thanks to essential oils?

THE IDEAL ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STRESS RELIEF

Here are the essential oils to cherish if you want to fight your stress:

  • Petit Grain Bigarade (bitter orange) Essential Oil
  • True Lavender Essential Oil
  • Yuzu Essential Oil
  • Mandarin essence
  • Sweet Orange essence
  • Bergamot essence

I will focus on the first three anti-stress essential oils, then on an ideal synergy to fight against stress and finally on the anti-stress products of the Pranarôm brand.

FIRST – PETIT GRAIN BIGARADE (BITTER ORANGE) ESSENTIAL OIL :

Personally, I love this name. “Petit grain Bigarade” is so charming that it deserves the first place on the podium of anti-stress essential oils. It is “the essential oil of stressed businessman” as our guide, Cécile, would say.

IDENTITY CARD OF ESSENTIAL OIL SMALL GRAIN BIGARADE

Citrus aurantium ssp amara.  Aromatic molecules: linalool, linalyl acetate Distilled part : leaf

The essential oil of Petit Grain Bigarade comes from the water-steam distillation of the leaves of the bigarade (or bitter orange tree). It is well known for its effects on the nervous system, its very pleasant scent soothes and relaxes hence its use in atmospheric diffusion.

PROPERTIES OF SMALL GRAIN BIGARADE ESSENTIAL OIL FOR STRESS

  • Antispasmodic (Acetate linalyl) it helps relaxing muscles, nerve spasms. In short, relaxation.
  • Calming (Monoterpene alcohols): slightly sedative, it is a calming agent for the nervous system and analgesic + (Linalool, a-terpineol, linalyl acetate) since it calms pain of nervous origin.
  • Anti-inflammatory (Acetate linalyl, Linalool) and mild anti-infective (Linalool, α-terpineol)

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR SMALL GRAIN BIGARADE ESSENTIAL OIL

Bigarade petit grain essential oil can be used by:

  • adults and teenagers
  • pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • children under 6 years old

It is strongly contraindicated for:

  • pregnant women under 3 months of pregnancy
  • babies under 3 months old

Be careful, in all cases do not take internally (external use only) with children under 6 years old and pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

USE OF BIGARADE PETIT GRAIN ESSENTIAL OIL AGAINST STRESS

The essential oil of Petit Grain Bigarade is therefore a powerful help to fight against stress. All methods of administration are also possible:

  • Dermal route: 3 drops of Petit Bigarade petit Grain essential oil in massage on the solar plexus and / or on the inside of the wrists. It is possible to renew twice a day. To reinforce the anti-stress side of massages, you can also mix a few drops of essential oil with your massage oil. 
  • Oral route: 2 drops of essential oil on a base (a teaspoon of honey, cane sugar, vegetable oil), 3 times a day. 
  • Inhalation: it is simply possible to inhale deeply after having poured 1 drop of Petit Grain Bigarade essential oil on the wrists or to pour a few drops on your pillow. 
  • Diffusion: pour the number of drops indicated on the instructions for use, or use a synergy ready to be diffused like Zeste Tonique. 

SECOND ANTI-STRESS ESSENTIAL OILREAL LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL 

The properties of Lavender are well known and make it one of the most used essential oils when it comes to anti-stress.

IDENTITY CARD OF TRUE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Lavandula angustifolia ssp angustifolia Aromatic molecules: Linalool, linalyl acetate. Distilled part: flowering top

The essential oil of True Lavender is obtained from the water-steam distillation of flowers. It is one of the essential oils to have in your first aid kit since it has many virtues and is well tolerated by all (children and babies included). It helps regulate the nervous system thanks to its calming effects and is therefore ideal in case of headaches, stress, and trouble to fall asleep. 

Its composition in aromatic molecules is very close to the essential oil of Petit Grain Bigarade (high concentration of linalyl- acetate and linalool). Just by sniffing a few seconds its sweet Provençal scent and you are feeling better!

PROPERTIES OF TRUE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL FOR STRESS 

  • Antispasmodic, muscle relaxant (linalool, terpinene-4-ol, linalyl acetate
  • Soothing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative (linalool, linalyl acetate): helps reduce pain. Stress and sleep management.

It has many other incredible properties, such as being highly healing, regenerative and antiseptic.

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO TRUE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL 

True Lavender essential oil has a very good tolerance and can therefore be used by:

  • adults and teenagers
  • pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • children under 6 years old

It is strongly contraindicated for:

  • pregnant women under 3 months of pregnancy
  • babies under 3 months old

Be careful, in all cases do not take internally (external use only) with children under 6 years old and pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

USE OF REAL LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

True Lavender essential oil has the same modes of use as Petit Grain Bigarade essential oil. Between the two, it is the latter which is the essential oil of reference but if you do not have Petit Grain Bigarade essential oil in your cupboards or if you do not want to multiply your little oil bottles, True Lavender will be a very good choice. 

  • Dermal route: 3 drops of Petit Bigarade petit Grain essential oil in massage on the solar plexus and / or on the inside of the wrists. It is possible to renew twice a day. To reinforce the anti-stress side of massages, you can also mix a few drops of essential oil with your massage oil. 
  • Oral route: 2 drops of essential oil on a base (a teaspoon of honey, cane sugar, vegetable oil), 3 times a day. 
  • Inhalation: it is simply possible to inhale deeply after having poured 1 drop of Petit Grain Bigarade essential oil on the wrists or to pour a few drops on your pillow. 
  • Diffusion: pour the number of drops indicated on the instructions for use or use a synergy ready to be diffused like Champ de Provence (Provence field). 

THIRD ANTI-STRESS ESSENTIAL OILYUZU ESSENTIAL OIL 

The Yuzu! It is a somewhat special fruit that comes from Asia and which is still quite unknown. It is widely used in Asian cooking (mainly in Japan and Korea) and made its appearance in France through innovative recipes or cosmetic compositions. It has many benefits since it is highly concentrated in vitamin C and thus helps strengthen the immune system. In short, the fruit in itself already deserves attention… but what about the essential oil?  

IDENTITY CARD OF THE ESSENTIAL OIL YUZU 

Citrus junos
Aromatic molecules: limonene, γ- terpinene phéllandrene Distilled part: fruit

Essential-Oils-for-Stress-Relief-Yuzu-essential-oil

PROPERTIES OF YUZU ESSENTIAL OIL

  • Soothing (linalool, limonene): like the two previous essential oils, it is known for its relaxing properties. 
  • Purifying and antiseptic (linalool), anti-infectious properties, cleanses the atmosphere while providing a pleasant fragrance to your home. 

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF ESSENTIAL OIL YUZU 

Yuzu essential oil can be used:

  • adults and teenagers
  • children under 6 years old

It is strongly contraindicated for:

  • pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • babies under 3 months old

Be careful, in all cases do not take internally (external use only) with children under 6 years old and pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

RISK OF USE OF ESSENTIAL OIL OF YUZU 

There are some risks with the essential oil of Yuzu:

  • irritating to the skin
  • allergenic: if in doubt, it is best to test on a small part of the body before spraying it
  • dermocaustic (skin sensitive) when used pure (that is undiluted)

USE OF YUZU ESSENTIAL OIL

Yuzu essential oil can be used: 

  • Cutaneous route: essential oil of Yuzu MUST BE diluted when used on the skin; you have to dilute a few drops in a vegetable oil then apply in massage on the solar plexus and / or on the inside of the wrists. It is possible to renew twice a day.
  • Diffusion: pour the number of drops indicated on the instructions for use or use a synergy.

THE SYNERGY OF ESSENTIAL OILS IDEAL FOR OVERCOMING STRESS

A synergy of essential oils is a combination of several essential oils in order to obtain a product that is more effective than an essential oil used alone. We can sometimes have synergies combining only essential oils or essential oils mixed with vegetable oils in order to dilute them.  

The synergy below was transmitted to us during my Pranarôm training  

  • 3ml Mandarin Essence  
  • 1ml Marjoram Essential Oil  
  • 1ml Petit Grain Bigarade Essential Oil 
  • 5ml Apricot Kernel Vegetable Oil 

USE OF THIS ANTI-STRESS SYNERGY 

  • Cutaneous route: 3 drops of synergy in massage on the solar plexus and / or on the inside of the wrists. 
  • Oral route: 1 to 2 drops poured onto a neutral medium (honey, cane sugar, vegetable oil), to be renewed twice a day  

PRANARÔM PRODUCTS TO FIGHT AGAINST STRESS

There are many products in the Pranarôm range which offer ready-made synergies to be used in capsulesdiffusion, or skin massage. Among these products, here is a small selection ideal for a quick relaxation:  

RELAXATION CAPSULES

We find our famous essential oil of true Lavender in these capsules with 100% organic essential oils. They are composed of essential oils of : Mandarin tree, true Lavender and Caraway. Plus Rapeseed Oil. 

The capsules make it possible to facilitate the taking of essential oils orally and to be sure that the doses are well respected. 

To promote sleep, just take 2 capsules in the evening. To promote relaxation, in case of temporary stress: 1 to 3 capsules per day with meals. To be swallowed with a little water.

SLEEP SPRAY – RELAXATION

This spray is very interesting because it is suitable for pregnant women and children from 1 year old. We find in its composition our star anti-stress essential oils: the essential oil of Petit Grain Bigarade and the essential oil of true Lavender, ideal for soothing and calming. Sleep spray also contains essential oils of: sweet Orange,Lavandin super, Tangerine, Bergamot, Chamomile noble well- known to help falling asleep quickly.  

Indications

• In ambient air: 15 minutes before bedtime, spray for 4 seconds in each corner of the room.   

• On the bed linen: 15 minutes before going to bed, spray for 4 seconds at 20cm on the sheet below the pillow, on the collar of a pyjama, on a handkerchief placed near the pillow.   

• You can combine sprays or alternate.

ROLLER “HEAVY HEAD”

Roller is very handy; it can be taken anywhere and is easily used in all conditions (at work or traveling for example). The heavy head roller, as its name suggests, is ideal when you feel that your brain is going to explode and allows you to soothe tensions in the temples, forehead, and nape.

This time, the synergy is composed of different essential oils: Peppermint, exotic Basil, fragrant Wintergreen, Roha, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Maritime Pine and Cinnamon-tree of Ceylon. You can apply it 2 to 5 applications a day on the temples and forehead avoiding contact with eyes. Be careful, it is a powerful synergy, not to be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding and with children under 7 years old.    

I hope you enjoyed this article and above all… that it will allow you in the future to find natural solutions to be calmer and stressless. Don’t hesitate to ask me your questions below.

See you soon.

FIND HERE ALL MY ARTICLES ON ESSENTIAL OILS:

Discover my training in essential oils by reading my article here , and the interview with Cécile Adant, trainer Pranarôm there .  

Find here the essential oils to sleep well!  

Essential oils to boost your immune system 

Do not hesitate to ask me all your questions, on this subject that fascinates me 

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