For Centuries, Essential Oils Have Been Used as a Remedy for a Variety of Afflictions. We Will Examine Ones Known to Help with Fatigue.
Before the pharmaceutical industry acquired a stronghold over medicine, plants and their oils were one of the only sources of medicine to relieve symptoms and heal.
Over the years, studies have been made about these treatments and are often backed up with historical claims.
Fatigue can be caused by excess physical exertion, but emotional stress, depression, hormonal imbalances, low blood pressure, poor nutrition and dieting, are just a few things that may be causing the fatigue.
Today’s stresses certain cause fatigue and most people feel worn down at some point.
Certain Essential Oils might just help you to feel more energetic, productive and alive – or help reduce the fatigue and burn-out.
Here are some Essential Oils that could help:
Lavender is one of the most popular and perhaps best known of the Essential Oils.
It has a calming soapy scent that’s been a favorite for hundreds of years. One of the most medicinally useful oils, it’s no surprise it’s known as the “universal oil.” It’s often used for stress relief, short-term memory enhancement, anxiety relief, restlessness, nervousness, and simply to relax.
Safe to use topically if mixed with a carrier oil, the best way to use it is to apply a few drops of your blend to the palm of your hand then inhale deeply. Some people like to rub a few drops into their temples. Others diffuse it in their home or office.
Studies have shown Lavender Essential Oil helps with loss of appetite, nausea and pain, and can also be used as an antiseptic.
The scent of vanilla often evokes a pleasant memory of home and baking cookies or other delightful treats.
If the scent of warm vanilla makes you feel all warm and relaxed inside, it could be that it’s the fragrance that most closely mimics breast milk.
According to a study performed at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, patients undergoing MRIs reported less anxiety when breathing in vanilla-scented air than those who didn’t. Drop a few drops into a bath, or add to vegetable oil then rub into your temples or the nape of your neck for relaxation.
Another instantly recognizable aroma is that of the rose. Rose essential oil can be expensive because it can take up to 60,000 roses to create one ounce of rose essential oil.
In a 2009 study published in Natural Product Communications, the group receiving the Essential Oil rather than the placebo through their skin felt greater feelings of calm and relaxation, as well as a decrease in blood pressure and breathing rate.
Another study published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior showed that inhaling rose essential oil reduced anxiety in rats. To use, mix with a carrier oil and apply directly to the skin or apply a few drops into bath water.
Lemon Essential Oil is used more often in Europe for stress and anxiety than it has been used in the U.S., but its use as a medicinal herb dates back to at least the Middle Ages.
In a study conducted by Berkem, a plant extract company based in France, it was reported that there was a 72% reduction in anxiety-related symptoms after using Lemon for 15 days.
Other studies report similar results. As an added benefit, lemon balm oil has been shown to have antiseptic qualities. To use, mix with a carrier oil and rub into your hands, then breathe in the aroma. Diffuse it or apply topically.
Most people know that chamomile tea is a calming drink. However, many people don’t know that there are two types of chamomile essential oils and they are used for different purposes, although both have some anxiety reducing qualities.
The German type is used more for soothing skin ailments, while the Roman type is used more for anxiety, hostility and paranoia. Roman Chamomile has a wonderful sweet apple scent.To use, inhale the aroma or put a few drops in bathwater, diffuser or mix with carrier oil and apply lightly.
Rosemary Essential Oil has so many great qualities it’s difficult to focus on just one – it’s used for digestion problems, to stimulate blood circulation, to help treat dandruff, for pain relief, and as a disinfectant.
As a stress reliever, Tosemary Essential Oil was shown in a 2007 study to decrease cortisol in the saliva. Excess cortisol has been linked to decreased learning and memory and increased weight gain, as well as blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease issues.
This same study also found that the treatment, which combined inhaling the oils with oil massages, increased the strength of the immune system.
This herb has been used for thousands of years and is even mentioned in the Bible.
It has many medicinal uses, among them the ability to act as a sedative and anti-inflammatory. It has a comforting aroma, and may be used for anxiety, anger and stress.
Added benefits include calming respiratory conditions and repairing skin problems. It is also said to enhance introspection and insight. It can be applied to the skin or breathed in – diffusing it is very pleasant and helpful.