Top Essential Oils for Relaxation

Healthy Living, Natural Remedies
on August 14, 2012

In today's busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to find the time to truly relax. There are many different ways to reduce stress; one area that is increasingly popular for stress reduction is the field of essential oils. Essential oils have been used to treat a host of different medical problems for many centuries. Each oil may be used for a number of different reasons. Here are the top essential oils for relaxation and stress relief.

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Lavender. Lavender oil has been used for relaxation for many years. A few drops of lavender oil placed on your bedding can help your body relax and increase your chance of a good night's sleep. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that lavender oil has been proven to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Lavender oil is particularly useful for relaxation, as it can be used in many different ways. You can use it as a massage oil or add a few drops to a bath to help create a relaxing lather.

Chamomile. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there are two different plants known as chamomile (German or English), but both are used to treat the same ailments. A small number of studies in the United States have demonstrated that chamomile capsules may reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and chamomile tea is a popular alternative to traditional tea. Chamomile oil can be used to soothe irritated skin or can be added to bathwater to help you relax.

Neroli. Neroli oil is derived from the flowers of the Seville orange tree. It has a fresh, citrus scent and is a popular aromatherapy oil for relaxation and massage. Neroli oil is recommended as a massage oil and is particularly effective when used in self-massage, around the neck and temple area. Add neroli oil to a warm bath to help you get a good night's sleep.

Sandalwood. Sandalwood oil is extracted from pieces of wood from mature sandal trees, preferably from samples that are 80 years or older. The more mature the wood, the richer the content of the oil. Sandalwood oil has been used by many civilizations and is particularly prized in the Hindu religion. The oil is a natural sedative, helping to relax muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It can be used during massage or added to a bath to help relax your body.