The Natural Alternative Discusses Benefits of Essential Oils
Are you looking for a natural, nontoxic way to relieve stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights? Did you know that lavender was found to be as effective as the drug Lorazepam for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder? The aromatic and therapeutic properties of essential oils have proven to be effective in their mood elevating, calming, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
When essential oils are inhaled, the volatile compounds affect the limbic system in your brain, which controls emotion and memory. A 2002 Japanese study revealed that certain oils would stimulate the sympathetic nervous system activity where others would calm it. Many essential oils such as tea tree, oregano, eucalyptus, lavender, thyme, and rosemary have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Diffusing essential oils not only helps reduce bacteria and unpleasant odors in your home or office, but will also help you relax, ease tension, and improve concentration and mental clarity.
In a 2006 study conducted by Geochang Provincial College in Korea, using ylang ylang along with bergamot and lavender oils once a day for four weeks reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.”
We now carry Dr. Axe’s Ancient Apothecary pure and organic essential oils. One of the most popular blends is called Rest & Relaxation which consists of lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage, and bergamot. The benefits of this blend, which is considered a “nervous system restorative” include a feeling of inner peace, deeper sleep, and release of nervous tension. These oils also have been proven to support normal cortisol levels in a clinical setting. Another favorite single oil is orange. It is uplifting, calming, supports immune function and reduces nausea. Try diffusing a few drops and make your world brighter!
Visit The Natural Alternative for the highest quality essential oils from Dr. Axe’s Ancient Apothecary. We also carry beautiful diffusers and glass spray bottles for those that wish to blend their own aromatherapy sprays. Sandy Walton, our essential oil expert, can help you choose specific oils for calming, energizing, diffusing and other uses. Testers are available to help you discover the oils that best meet your needs.
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Wishing You Essential Wellness,
Bobbi, CNC, ACN, MH
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your medical practitioner if health challenges exist.