Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Research-Supported Stress-Relieving Actions Of Three Widely Used Essential Oils

By Helen Salazar

Scientific data affirming the healing use of oils used in aromatherapy practice is being released virtually every day. One will discover these publications through websites such as, that compile all the latest biological scientific abstracts printed in peer-reviewed periodicals. A great many scientific investigators have concluded that the behavioral-changing actions of essential oils are often strong enough, and reliable enough, to secure their recommendation as complementary medicines as plant-based anxiolytics.

The most recognized oils used in aromatherapy in terms of analysis testing their anxiety-related impacts are the essential oils of lavender flowers, the fruit of the bergamot tree, and the heartwood of sandalwood. All these oils has been the focus of many properly designed scientific inquiries. The results of every is different, at the same time they have each produced significant data to do with their stress-reducing properties.

Everyone involved in natural medicine knows about the oil of lavender flowers. It is the most frequently employed essential oil, with an amazing number of healing actions. Lavender essential oil, by a significant amount, has the greatest amount of investigation affirming the oil's anxiety-reducing outcomes.

Interestingly, its topical effects are very much like its mental actions. Lavender essential oil is both calming and soothing for the skin, like it is calming and soothing to the mind. Of these three oils discussed, lavender oil has the most sedating effects. Lavender directly supports sleep, limits hostility, and lessens anxiousness.

Sandalwood, distilled from the heartwood of the tree, has properties similar to lavender oil, though not exactly the same. Sandalwood essential oil is a stress reliever, while not sedating. Lavender essential oil in fact slows the mind and actions, though sandalwood oil doesn't. In one study, participants inhaling sandalwood oil noted a feeling of increased clarity and calm. A separate study showed breathing in sandalwood oil bettered participants sleep patterns, creating far better rest.

Bergamot essential oil is the most common depression-lifting essential oil, being employed for the oil's aroma, instead of topical application or ingestion. One study involving high school aged participants donning aroma-releasing necklaces showed a substantial reduction of stress and depression in relation to the those wearing the same jewelry, but without the aroma. Bergamot oil is also known to reduce the feeling of painful stimulus. Bergamot differs from the other essential oil in that it is not sedating or an oil that improves sleep, but rather a stimulant, yet it can secondarily enhance rest through a more positive psychological condition.

This is often made by beginning aromatherapy users: "what oil should I use for depression or anxiety reduction"? These oils mentioned in this article are the place to start. The user needs to be willing to experiment to test what works best for them. Acquire sample of each of these oils and check out how you feel about their aromas. You have to enjoy the scent for you to use an oil for these purposes. Lavender has been noted to be more appreciated by women, and sandalwood oil is considered a somewhat more masculine scent. Yet this certainly shouldn't stop either gender from using each aromatherapy oils.

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