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4 Ways to use Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

4 Ways to use Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

Modern life can be stressful, especially this part of the year. We often find the run up to Christmas can be one of the more exciting times of the season. However, it's easy to become overwhelmed with all the events we need to attend and the long list of to do's that we need to plough through.

Taking some time to check in on yourself is one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels. Even better taking some time to devote to your wellness journey and create some personalised rituals can have huge benefits.

The following are some of the ways to use essential oils and aromatherapy products to reduce stress:

Draw yourself an aromatic bath

Aromatherapy Bath Salts are lovely way to relax and spend time on yourself. Adding a few drops of your favourite oil into some sea salts will help with uplifting your mood, relaxing your muscles and clearing your mind of stress and noise at the end of a hectic day. Try using sound therapy whilst you bathe, we've been trying this one our recently and really enjoyed the soothing effect of the water mixed with sound vibrations.

Make your own room mist

Try mixing up your own room mist with your favourite essential oils. You can keep bottle handy for different situations, or make up a few and leave in the office and bedroom for when you need it. Lavender is always a great go-to, but there are lots of other oils that can be used in this way to reduce stress. Using rosemary with orange can help to clear the mind and give you more energy when needed; and ylang ylang, with its mild sedative effects, when wanting to relax at night will help restore balance to a busy mind.

Lavender for stress relief

Lavender is one of the top essential oils for relaxation and stress relief. Not only can it be used in bath salts, but you can add a few drops to your pillow case or cotton bag by your bed at night. Scents such as lavender promote good sleep so this is an excellent way to unwind and de-stress.

Use an aromatherapy balm

Make your own aromatherapy balm to apply to your pulse points. Using a balm at the temples, on the back of your neck and even on your pulse points on your wrist will help to relieve stress. Balms are also great for headaches or migraines. We like a blend of peppermint with blue chamomile for tension headaches.

These are just some of the ways you can unwind. At Bramble & Blossom we have developed a range of products with modern life in mind. If you don't have the time to make your own remedies choose from one of ours that is available and see what our customers say about our ever popular calm kit and sleep well kit.

Our top Essential Oils for Skincare

Our top Essential Oils for Skincare

Using essential oils for skincare

Essential oils can be an amazing tool for skincare when used in the right way. Essential oils are the concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. They are highly potent and very effective in small amounts. When blended with a suitable carrier oil they can be turned into bespoke creations for individual skin types.

Different essential oils are used for different things, there are literally 100s of different types of oils that have unique chemotypes that can serve a vast range of skin conditions and aliments. Frankincense, Lavender, Rose Otto and Helichrysum are some of the most important oils in skincare to name but a few and these are the ones we will focus on in this post.

Frankincense

Frankincense has been valued for skin care since ancient times, with records dating back to 600BC detailing its use on the skin ( Tisserand 1987). Frankincense essential oil is calming for many skin types. Frankincense works well for scars because it helps collagen production in the skin. Frankincense also reduces redness and inflammation. Frankincense is ALSO great to use when treating acne. Frankincense also treats Rosacea  and Psoriasis.

Frankincense is cold-pressed from the resin of the Boswellia Carterii tree which are native to Arabia and Somalia. Unfortunately due to sustainability issues affecting the Boswelia Tree, Frankincense has become an over harvested product and urgent action to address the issues of ecological and economic stability is needed.

Lavender Essential oil

Lavender is often referred to as the queen of essential oils . Lavender has been used throughout history for many things including skincare. Lavender is a soothing oil which can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Lavender essential oil is cold-pressed from the flowering tops of the plant. Lavender is a great oil to use for skincare due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help prevent infection from cuts and scratches.

Rose Otto Essential Oil

Rose Otto Essential Oil is also known as "liquid gold" because it's so expensive to produce. Rose Otto Essential Oil is cold-pressed from the petals of Bulgarian Roses. It is used widely in skincare products due to its ability to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is also very effective at helping skin heal faster after scarring or surgery.

Rose Otto Essential Oil can be used for most skin types, however it may be too strong for people with sensitive skin so always pay attention to how you are reacting to the oil during use.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum essential oil, also known as immortelle essential oil, comes from the flowers of the everlasting plant that is native to Corsica. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to promote healing and protect against infection by fighting off bacteria, viruses and fungi. It has also been used more recently in skincare by some famous brands who have brought out entire lines featuring this prised and highly effective essential oil.

The oil is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making it perfect for conditions such as sunburn or chapped lips. It is also rich in sesquiterpenes which promote cell growth and possess anti-bacterial properties.

Helichrysum essential oil has a pale yellow colour with a sweet, herbaceous smell that can be difficult for some to appreciate and so is often blended with more favourable essential oils for a more pleasing treatment.

Keep your skincare natural

We believe that keeping your skincare natural and organic is one of the best acts of self-care that you can give to yourself. It is also remarkably easy to create your own skincare solutions at home with a little bit of time and knowledge.

We feel that avoiding chemicals and toxins is paramount for a cleaner, more radiant complexion. It is our belief that using essential oils as part of your skincare routine follows 1000s of years of skincare know-how and tradition, which is what we at Bramble & Blossom value.

We also believe keeping it simple is key to maintaining healthy skin. This is why we developed our Luxury Beauty Balm, so if you don't have the time to make your own products, we have got you covered.

Do continue to check out our journal for tips on skincare. We will be adding more and more content, including useful tips and recipes on how to make your own skincare.

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