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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Essential Oils For Today's Pandemic Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic is a source of stress and anxiety for all. During this time, people are trying to calm their frazzled nerves and restore as much steadiness as possible to their everyday lives. Essential oils are a popular way people are bringing back peace in the face of pandemic panic.

Essential oils are potent oils extracted from plants and fruit. They come in a diverse array of fragrances. Although everyone's preferences will differ, lavender rose and chamomile are perennial relaxation favorites.

One of the reasons for these oils' calming powers is that they enhance breathing. Since they have pleasant aromas, they encourage deep inhalation for full enjoyment. Such deep breathing can bring additional clarity and benefit to mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga.

An excellent way to incorporate aromatherapy into such a contemplative routine is to use them as a focus point. Dilute an oil you enjoy in the amount of almond, grapeseed, or other carrier oil specified in the instructions on the oil's label. Alternatively, you can put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser.

Quiet contemplation, however, is not for everyone. If getting active is more your style, the power of aromatherapy can help boost the positive feelings you get from exercise. Mix a few drops of peppermint, grapefruit, or other energizing oil with distilled water in a spray bottle. Spritz some on your exercise equipment, clothing, or yourself and get ready to feel energized.

Whether you have an active or quiet stress management style, massage therapy is an excellent way to incorporate oils into your routine. When your muscles are getting a good rub down, your whole body and mind can benefit from relaxing oils. Essential oils aren't a cure for COVID-19, but they are potent tools in self-care and other coping strategies.

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