It’s around this time of year that pressure starts building up again in lots of Aussie households – especially those with kids. The novelty of being back at school is well and truly over, all those shiny new bags and books are starting to play hide-and-seek at the most inconvenient times, and you are back in the circuit of after school activities, and weekend sports. If you feel like you just want to tuck yourself away from it all, try diffusing essential oils.
We’ve talked before about using essential oils for cleaning, but they can also benefit your emotional and physical health, and make your house smell fabulous at the same time!
Rose: rose oil is good for all round stress whether you’re feeling pressure from having too much to do, you’re worried about yourself or someone you love, or there is something else going on.
Lavender: try a few drops of lavender in a warm, soothing bath before bedtime, or on a tissue tucked near your pillow, if you’re struggling to sleep. Sandalwood is a good alternative.
Australian Blue Cypress: if your stress is related to grief, nerves, or emotional upheaval, try diffusing this native wonder, or using it in an oil burner. It is also an excellent antiseptic, and good when mixed with a base oil for massage. Marjoram is also good for grief.
Vetiver and Ylang Ylang: are you tired from losing your temper all the time? Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang are effective at helping calm your anger and give you a sense of being grounded.
Honey Myrtle: when your mind feels like it is racing at a hundred kilometres an hour, honey myrtle will put the brakes on it, giving you time to clear and organise your thoughts.
Bergamot: lift your spirits and revive flagging energy with this citrussy smelling oil. It is often used in massage due to the soothing effect it has.
Geranium: if your stress is taking the form of low moods and negative thoughts, try geranium oil. Orange oil is also a mood elevator.
Peppermint: peppermint oil is a fantastic pick-me-up when you are physically exhausted and unable to think clearly. Mix it with a few drops of orange for virtually instant results.
There are several ways to use essential oils. Some are safe to apply directly to your skin, or you can use an oil burner or diffuser to get the benefits instead. Diffusers work by vapourising the oil and projecting it into the air. The effects last for several hours, depending on the quality and amount of oil used. You can also get small diffusers to use in your car.
Oil burners work by putting essential oil in a bowl of water, with a lit tea-light underneath. The heat from the candle causes the oil to evaporate into the air.