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Essential Oils for Relaxation

Scent can be a powerful tool for relaxation. Some aromas have the ability to calm the mind, reduce tension, and promote a sense of tranquility. Here are five essential oils known for their relaxing properties

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Essential Oils for Relaxation Alodia

Lavender

A classic choice for relaxation, lavender has been used for centuries for its calming effects. Its active ingredient, linalool, has been shown to promote feelings of peace and well-being.

A meta-analysis of medical reviews published in Asian Nursing Research examined the effects of lavender aromatherapy on reducing anxiety and depression. The study confirmed that lavender essential oil had a significant positive impact on anxiety levels, both inhaled or applied via massage.

Research also suggests lavender essential oil may aid in promoting sleep and alleviating insomnia. For example, a study published in Holistic Nursing Practice in 2018 found that lavender aromatherapy improved sleep start, quality, and duration in 30 nursing home patients.

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Bergamot

This citrus oil has a vibrant and uplifting scent. Studies suggest that it may help alleviate anxiety and promote feelings of calmness.

In a 2015 Japanese study, bergamot oil combined with water vapour lowered anxiety and weariness in the women who took part. Another study published in 2017 confirms these and other mental health results. Researchers recommend using it as a mental health supplement.

A study published in 2023 demonstrated that using bergamot essential oil before bedtime and upon awakening significantly improved sleep quality, morning wakefulness, and mood. It also alleviated depression, anxiety, and stress among university students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jasmine

Known for its delicate floral scent, jasmine oil is believed to have mood-boosting properties and can help ease tension and stress.

A 2013 study in Thailand involved healthy subjects inhaling jasmine oil while assessing brain wave activity to gauge arousal levels of the central nervous system. Additionally, participants rated their mood states subjectively. After jasmine oil inhalation, an increase in power beta brain waves was observed in certain brain areas, indicating cortical brain wave activity responses. No significant changes were noted in alpha brain waves. These findings suggest that jasmine oil inhalation has a stimulating effect, potentially categorizing it among stimulating essential oils.

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Rosewood

This warm, woody oil has a calming effect and has been used in traditional practices to promote relaxation and ease anxiety. There is some scientific evidence to support this.

A 2009 Brazilian study aimed to assess the sedative effects of linalool-rich rosewood oil in mice, investigating its impact on pentobarbital-induced sleeping time and isolated nerve excitability using the single sucrose-gap technique. The results indicated that rosewood oil administration prolonged sleeping time at certain doses, while also decreasing pentobarbital latency time. Additionally, the study found that linalool-rich rosewood oil significantly reduced action potential amplitude in isolated nerves, suggesting a potential mechanism for its sedative effects.

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Mandarin

This uplifting oil has a light, sweet scent and may have mood-balancing properties, helping to ease tension and promote calmness. While there is little scientific research into mandarin oil’s therapeutic properties, the positive effects of citrus essential oils in general are well documented.

In vitro studies with mice have demonstrated mandarin oil’s effectiveness against mood disorders, improving mood and acting as a relaxing hypnotic agent. In Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, mandarin oil has been used for centuries to treat various conditions such as stress and insomnia. It is also believed to offer benefits for digestion and the circulatory system.

Create Your Custom Relaxation Experience

For a custom relaxation experience, consider blending these essential oils to suit your specific needs and preferences. Experts at Alodia can help you create a personalized blend for a unique relaxation experience. By incorporating these essential oils into your massage, you can create a personalized haven of tranquility, promoting relaxation and well-being.

Author

ALodia founder

Francois Muguet

Francois Muguet is the co-founder and director of Alodia. With over 20 years of industry experience, he loves to share his knowledge of essential oils and their applications in both spa treatments and everyday life.

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