This is just what you need to feel better…
Feeling a little stressed or down in the dumps? Or perhaps you’re experiencing a case of life overwhelm? Or always seem to be in an out-of-sorts mood? And all you want to do is to just get out of the funk, stop worrying, and find a little bit of joy and happiness again...
It’s surprisingly easier than you think. The scent of lavender may just be the pick-me-up you need.
While this may sound a little far-fetched, it turns out that lavender essential oil can help you on many fronts. It eases stress, clears your mind, relaxes your body, calms your soul, lifts your mood and boosts your energy and spirits.
So just how does lavender essential oil help you stop worrying and make you happy again?
WHY THE SMELL OF LAVENDER MAKES YOU HAPPY
Did you know that your sense of smell is 10,000 times more responsive than any of your other senses? And that an aroma reaches your brain and stirs up emotions within just seconds of you breathing it in?
In fact, research has shown a massive 75 per cent of our emotions are triggered by smell. In particular, a floral smell has been found to positively manipulate your mood and put you into a more optimistic frame of mind.
A number of studies have found that when you smell floral scents like lavender, it makes you happy - in fact people who smelled floral scents reported three times more happy thoughts than before smelling any flowers.
Floral aromas not only spark off happy emotions and improve your mood, but they make you feel much more satisfied with your life and also positively shape your social interactions with family and friends.
And what makes lavender really special is that it has both a stimulating and calming effect on your emotions. So while it lifts your spirits and makes you happy, it also helps calm and soothe your mind. It’s this multi-purpose magic that makes lavender the go-to essential oil to quickly help you ease a lot of your everyday worries…
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HOW TO USE LAVENDER TO WORRY LESS AND BE HAPPY
Think of a mood or situation. And then think of lavender essential oil. This little miracle worker can help ease anxiety, stress and even depression. It helps you sleep better and can even clear up headaches, and in doing so, improve your stamina and lift your spirits. What’s more, it can give you a much-needed mind boost just when you need a little dose of clarity or joy in your life…
STRESSED OR UNDER PRESSURE?
You’re not alone. In our fast paced, information overloaded world, it’s no wonder that 3 out of 4 Americans reported experiencing stress in the last month. 45 percent report lying awake at night, 36 percent report feeling nervous or anxious, 35 percent report irritability or anger, and 34 percent report fatigue due to stress.
Lavender essential oil has enormously powerful calming and relaxing properties which can help ease away all that stress, tension and worry. A study also found that people exposed to the scent of lavender experienced stress relief plus an energy boost. What’s more, once inhaled, it enters the bloodstream within seconds so gets to work immediately.
For these reasons, it’s perfect for either diffusing in a busy workplace or relaxing at home after a hectic day.TRY:
Office De-Stress: Diffuse 4 drops lavender, 2 drops vetiver,1 drop clary sage and 1 drop lemon for a worry-free and more active and revived atmosphere.
Relax & Unwind: Diffuse 3 drops lavender and 3 drops bergamot to chill out after a hard day. Or lie back in a comfortable chair and use a lavender neck pillow to relax those tense shoulder muscles and ease your worries away.
MOODY AND IRRITABLE?
Your boss keeps on reminding you of the deadline for that report - as if you didn’t know. Or the kids are in hyperactive mode and wreaking havoc in the house. And the dog has just thrown up on the carpet. You find yourself getting more and more irritable, grouchy and just plain bad-tempered.
Sound familiar? It’s easy to fix with lavender essential oil. Well known for its calming and sedative effects, lavender is a great tonic for your nerves and relieving emotionally stressful situations. It can ease your worries, totally lighten the mood and bring joy and happiness into your life again.TRY:
Uplift Your Mood: Bring a little bit of cheerfulness into your life by diffusing 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops clary sage and 1 drop ylang ylang.
Just Be Happy: Diffuse 3 drops bergamot, 3 drops lavender and 2 drops geranium for the ultimate in serenity and contentment.
STRUGGLING TO SLEEP?
All of us are so caught up in our fast-paced world we often burn the candle at both ends, and then wonder why we are always so tired and short-tempered. Realising that we need to catch up, we go to bed early, only to find ourselves wide awake in the early hours of the morning, and starting to worry about the day ahead - or even that we are not sleeping enough. And so the vicious cycle continues…
Recognize yourself? You’re not the only one. According to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep.
Well-known to be the sleep-inducing queen of essential oils, it is a proven fact that lavender helps calm and relax both your mind and body. More importantly, one study found that inhaling it before bed resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of your sleep. Another confirmed that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, and at the same time, reduced blood pressure and relaxed muscles all of which helped people sleep more soundly and so feel livelier and more energetic the next morning.TRY:
Bedtime Ready: Soak away your worries by tossing a handful of lavender bath salts into a warm bath. Wrap up your bedtime routine by smoothing on a lavender-infused body lotion before you hit the sheets.
Catch Some ZZZ’s: Fill your bedroom with soothing and restful aromas by diffusing 3 drops lavender, 3 drops juniper berry and 3 drops roman chamomile for an hour before you go to bed.
Dreamland: Spritz your pillow cases with some lavender linen spray. Or tuck a lavender sachet under your pillow. And find yourself drifting off into a deep relaxing sleep.
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ANXIOUS AND WORRIED?
We are all familiar with those worries or feelings of dread when faced with a specific problem, a difficult decision or a stressful situation. Fortunately, most of these are short term. In their more chronic form, anxiety disorders are in fact the most common mental illness in America with nearly 40 million people in the United States (18%) experiencing one in any given year. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
With its calming and soothing aroma, it’s been established that lavender essential oil works to both promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. Proven to be just as effective as prescription medicines, lavender can quickly calm and ease away those worried and anxious thoughts, and without any of the negative side-effects you would get from any medication you thought you may need.TRY:
Anxiety Free: Diffuse 4 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon and 2 drops ylang ylang and clear those worries away.
Keeping Calm: Diffuse 4 drops lavender and 3 drops chamomile and relax into peaceful tranquillity.
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For the whole morning, you’ve been stressed out about your work, kids, chores - or just life in general - and you’ve been rewarded with a throbbing headache of magnificent proportions. And a bad mood to go with it. You now have to somehow make it through the rest of the day without having even half an hour to lie down and find some relief.
Enter lavender essential oil. Inhaling its aroma not only helps with the acute management of migraine headaches, but it also works exceptionally fast. One study found that people reported a significant reduction in pain after only fifteen minutes of breathing in lavender oil. Bye-bye headache and bad mood.TRY:
On-The-Spot Relief: Mix 2 drops each of lavender oil and peppermint oil, and apply directly to the nape of the neck and the temples for rapid pain relief.
Pain Away: Diffuse 2 drops marjoram, 2 drops thyme, 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops lavender and allow the calming aroma to gently ease the pain away.
Tension Ease: Heat up a lavender neck pillow to not only relieve that throbbing head but also help relax those tense shoulder muscles.
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LOSING YOUR MIND?
In today’s fast-paced world where we are constantly being bombarded with new info, it’s not surprising the brain goes into overload and it can sometimes feel like we are losing our minds. We all know the worrying signs. Your thoughts are clouded and you find yourself forgetting little things. Or you’re easily distracted and cannot focus on one thing for longer than 2 minutes.
The good news? Research suggests that your attention, mental focus and concentration could increase when inhaling lavender essential oil. Its calming qualities promote clearer thinking, have a positive influence on making decisions, as well as enhance memory. It also makes you more alert and improves stamina.TRY:
Mind & Memory Boost: Diffuse 6 drops of clary sage, 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of lemon to not only improve your mental clarity but also memory retention and recall.
Clear the Fog: To quickly lift the cloud, clear up fuzzy thinking and revive your mind, diffuse 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus and 1 drop lemon.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS?
Feeling a bit low? Emotionally drained? Or unmotivated and disinterested in life? Daily overwhelm can often lead to feelings of discouragement and despair. While it seems simple enough to tell yourself to snap out of it, in reality it’s often easier said than done. And you’re worried about how you can fix it - and quickly…
This is where lavender essential oil can help. Lavender has a long history of calming and soothing, relieving stress as well as promoting sleep. Research in recent years has found that it not only helps lower blood pressure and ease anxiety but also reduces mood swings and depression. Just what you need to chase away the blues…TRY:
Refresh & Revive: Diffuse 8 drops grapefruit, 5 drops lavender and 2 drops geranium for an invigorating new lease on life.
Dissolve the Doldrums: An aromatherapy massage is one of the most effective ways to lift a depressed frame of mind. Mix equal parts of lavender, bergamot and frankincense essential oils with a sweet almond carrier oil, lie back, relax and feel your worries fade away. Or for the ultimate in convenience, try a ready-made lavender massage oil.
Lift the Blues: Diffuse 5 drops of lavender, 3 drops of ylang ylang and 2 drops of bergamot to ease away despondency and gloom.
You probably didn’t realize just how much lavender essential oil could help lessen your worries and lift your spirits in so many ways.
From easing stress, anxiety and depression, to boosting your memory, mental clarity and mood, it truly is a little multitasking miracle worker that can bring joy and happiness back into your world.
And once again, you will be able to live by the words of Bobby McFerrin’s renowned Grammy awarded song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’…
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Please check with your doctor before using essential oils to treat any medical concerns.
There's a difference between lavender essential oil or lavender oil, which is simply a perfume. If a label does not clearly state that it is an 'essential oil,' then it is not a pure oil and should not be used as suggested.