5 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Relaxation
If your goal is to relax and unwind after a long stressful day (or year, looking at you 2020), the calming scents of essential oils can help.*
Whether you diffuse your essential oils or apply them in another way, the right combination can help those wheels in your head stop spinning and transform any space into your own spa-like oasis.
See how with our easy tips below.
But first, here’s a little 101 on essential oils to help you better understand their potential benefits and how they can fit into your everyday wellness routine.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are naturally-occurring compounds extracted from plants that capture the plant’s scent, or “essence.”
That said, essential oils are far more than a mere fragrance. In fact, hundreds of components are believed to contribute to a plant’s scent. Think of essential oils as a giant molecule cocktail, one that has the potential to support mind and body homeostasis.
The unique chemical makeup of each individual essential oil affects how it smells and reacts with your body. Below we suggest some well-known scents for relaxation, but determining which scent is right for your needs also depends on your personal preferences.
Are Essential Oils Beneficial to Your Health?
The short answer, they could be.
While natural health practitioners worldwide have been utilizing the spiritual aspects of plants for centuries, the exact science behind aromatherapy is still ongoing.
It’s thought that aromatherapy works by stimulating your smell receptors which then send signals to your nervous system and the part of your brain that controls emotions. This would explain why life seems better when things smell good.
That aside, using essential oils to treat a health condition is another story.
According to the Mayo Clinic, aromatherapy might have health benefits,* including:
- Anxiety and depression relief
- Improved quality of life
- Improved sleep
That aside, you don’t have to look far to see essential oils being advertised as a cure all for everything from inflammation to lowering blood pressure. Yet, the science (or lack thereof) behind these claims is sometimes non-existent.
We always suggest doing your own research and checking with your healthcare provider if you’re looking for alternative ways to target any serious health condition.
Now, get ready to relax with your favorite fragrances.
5 Easy ways to relax with
1. Diffuse it
A diffuser is one of the easiest ways to transform any room into a soothing spa environment. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to that water in your diffuser, and voila! All you have to do is breathe.
No diffuser? No problem. If you don’t want to buy a diffuser, you can create a simple homemade alternative by soaking a tissue or cotton ball in oil, then placing strategically in a room. Or, you could mix essential oil and water in a spray bottle, shake it up and spray at will.
Follow these easy tips on how to make your own reed diffuser with a glass container, essential oil, alcohol and reed sticks.
2. Just breathe
Inhaling essential oils can be as simple as uncapping the bottle and smelling the vapors. Sometimes just a quick whiff of rosemary essential oil is all you need to relax and reset.
For a more hands-on approach, try diluting your essential oil with a carrier oil, like our Coconut Carrier Oil, putting a few drops in your hands, rubbing them together, and breathing in.
Try steam inhalation. Just add 3 - 12 drops to a bowl of steaming water and inhale deeply for 5 - 10 minutes, up to 3 times a day.
You can also add essential oils directly to a piece of clothing, jewelry, scarf or other item that you can keep with you throughout the day, even your face mask covering.
Note: Remember to dilute your essential oil before applying it anywhere that might have direct contact with your skin.
3. Bathe with it
Make your shower or bath even more serene with a little essential oil aromatherapy. To do this, dilute 5 drops of geranium essential oil (or another favorite scent) in 1 tsp (5 mL) carrier oil and add to your bath water. You can also pour this mix on the floor of your shower or rub it together in your hands. When mixed with hot water it can create a steamy, dreamy ambience.
If you prefer a long luxurious soak in the tub, try one of the recipes below. They also make great, natural DIY gifts.
DIY Bath Salts
Ingredients (for 1 bath):
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- ¼ cup sea salt
- 1 tsp Forest Remedies™ Coconut Carrier Oil or olive oil
- 3 drops Forest Remedies™ essential oil (we suggest a combination of sweet orange with lavender or lavender with frankincense)
- Dilute the essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil
- Stir the salts and diluted essential oil together in a mixing bowl
- Either use now or transfer to a Mason jar or other airtight storage container to enjoy later.
DIY Body Scrub
- ½ cup sugar or salt
- ⅓ cup olive oil or Forest Remedies™ Coconut Carrier Oil
- 10-15 drops Forest Remedies essential oil (for a spa-like atmosphere, try peppermint and eucalyptus)
- Dilute the essential oil with a tsp of carrier oil
- Combine sugar, olive oil and essential oil in a bowl and mix well
- Use now or transfer to a Mason jar or other airtight storage container to enjoy later.
Pro tip: If you don't have olive oil, you can always try other plant-derived oils you might have at home like sunflower, avocado, peanut, soybean, sweet almond or canola oil.
4. Roll it on
Now that we’re on a roll, let’s talk about roll ons. Just add 10-15 drops of your chosen essential oils to an empty roller bottle, then fill it to the top with carrier oil. Shake it up and roll it on your forehead, temples, neck, between your eyes, or on whichever muscles are feeling stressed.
5. Sleep on it
Still chasing those z’s? It might be time to embrace lavender essential oil. It’s one of the most widely studied essential oils, when it comes to relaxation.
Here are some ways to let lavender lull you to sleep:
- Mix lavender with water and spritz it on your pillow to refresh your linens and bedding, and promote sounder sleep.
- Rub diluted lavender into the soles of your feet before bedtime.
We hope you enjoy these easy, natural remedies to help you relax and unwind. Ready to shop essential oils? You can browse our range of premium oils here.