Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

This week, I’ll be putting out a post on Wellbeing, looking at the best essential oils for stress relief; so I thought I would use this post to look at some of the top oil blends for stress relief. An oil blend is going to be more potent than the sum of its parts (oils). Somehow the combined effect is greater than if you had applied the individual oils on their own. Imagine, then if we combine essential oils known for their stress relieving properties. Gary Young, of Young Living, has over the years created some amazing blends.
Some of the oil blends you may want to try out if you are suffering from stress are: Peace and Calming™, RutaVaLa™, Stress Away™, Tranquil™, Valor™ and White Angelica™. As well as a brief description, I’ve included the experiences of people who have used these oils successfully. If you follow the links, you may find that you can contact a number of these people to ask them questions. Also many of these blends are available as roll-ons.

 

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Twenty ways to use Lavender oil

Lavender oil is one essential oil you should definitely have in the first aid kit. I just wrote a post on Wellbeing blog – 20 Ways to use Lavender oil – in which I give you some tips on how to get the most out this wonderful essential oil.

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Essential oils of Ecuador – RutaVaLa

Young Living farm in Ecuador

The YL farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador where Ruta Graveolens is grown and distilled for the RutaVaLa oil blend.

Welcome back. Last time round we had a look at Palo Santo. This week we look at a blend – RutaVaLa. – made up of Ruta, Valerian and Lavender. I’m sure you all know people around you who are stressed, anxious, depressed or find it difficult to sleep at night. This oil blend will interest you.

The oil Ruta (Ruta Graveolens) has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, which explains why they use Ruta as a flavouring agent in cheese – it prevents mold.

It also contains Alpha Pinene and Eucalyptol. Alpha Pinene is anti-tumoral, while Eucalyptol is beneficial to people with chronic respiratory stress. It’s also beneficial to people who suffer from Maladaptive Stress Syndrome. This disorder results in what Gary Young refers to as stress allergies. When the body is under stress, allergies manifest (usually food allergies) because the digestive system is compromised and proteins can’t be digested. RutaVaLa helps to alleviate stress allergies. RutaVaLa will lower cortisol and anxiety levels.

Gary Young added Lavender and Valerian. Lavender contains aldehydes and esters which are calming and sedative. Valerian has been investigated for its tranquilising properties. Its key components – Valerenic acid and Valerone – have a calming effect on the central nervous system. The Lavender and Valerian also give the blend a pleasant fragrance, as Ruta on its own has a very strong and not too pleasant odour. So the Lavender and Valerian balance it out.

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Essential oils for pregnancy

Essential oils can be valuable to women going through pregnancy. Stretch marks, skin elasticity, tearing of skin during childbirth, stress and anxiety – these are things that essential oils can help with.

To improve skin elasticity and reduce stretch marks –

Lavender and Myrrh can assist here. Also the oil Geranium and the oil blend Gentle Baby. Gentle Baby is a Young Living blend containing Rosewood, Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Rose and Geranium. Essential oil blends are very potent. Somehow mixing these oils together creates something greater than the sum of its parts.

To use: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part vegetable oil (can be almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil) Massage over the abdomen during the entire pregnancy to prevent scarring and on the perineum (tissue between vagina and rectum) to help it stretch during childbirth. It can also be massaged over the back, neck and feet area or diffused into the environment to relieve anxiety and engender serenity (Avoid applying on bare skin, if you intend going outdoors because a number of the oils are sensitive to the sun).

For relief of anxiety –

A number of oils diffused, inhaled or massaged can relieve stress and anxiety. Gentle Baby I’ve already mentioned. Others include Joy and Valor.   Joy is a YL oil blend containing Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile and Rosewood. Again, avoid applying to bare skin, if you are going to be exposed to sunlight. Valor contains Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Spruce. Many of these oils were used by the ancient Romans to instil courage and self-confidence before battle; not that you’re going to go off to war or anything like that, although I suspect some of my fellow women may certainly associate childbirth with battle. 🙂  Valor will help reduce some of the stress before and after childbirth.

Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy –

A number of essential oils mimic the hormones in our bodies and as such can disrupt normal pregnancy development. These should be avoided, while you’re pregnant. These include : Basil, Calamus, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, and Tarragon.

On a similar note, we only ever recommend the use of pure, unadulterated and therapeutic grade essential oils (See our article from March this year). Anything less and you risk doing yourself and your baby serious harm. If you want to use oils that are therapeutic grade in quality or would like more information on the oils mentioned in this article , please contact us.

My best wishes to all mums-to be out there,

Gavina

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Do you work in an environment that’s stressful, where you’re frequently dealing with upset or stressed out customers? Maybe like a bank or insurance company. Or perhaps you work in a clinic, where your clients are waiting anxiously, e.g. a dentist. And what about the staff or employees who work with you or for you? Would you be interested in improving their mood and performance? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then you’ll be happy to know that essential oils can help you out here.

A number of scientific studies carried out over the years have shown that the aromas of essential oils can and do affect our mood and performance (see the papers listed at the end of this article). While one of these studies used an oil burner, we strongly recommend an oil diffuser for the best effect. 

How can aromas or smelling essential oils affect our mood you may ask? The sense of olfactory (smell) is hardwired into the brain. When you inhale a fragrance, the odor molecules attach themselves to receptor cells sites inside the nasal membrane. When stimulated by odor molecules, these nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits these impulses to the gustatory centre (where the sensation of taste is perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored), and other parts of the limbic centre in the brain. The limbic centre is connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormonal levels. This is one way in which essential oils can have physiological and psychological effects. [1]

So what oils are best?

If you are trying to improve work performance (your own and others), try diffusing Peppermint and Lemon oils in your office. If you find yourself flagging or getting a little sleepy in mid-afternoon (especially after a big lunch) try inhaling a little peppermint or putting a couple of drops in a glass of water ( TipInhaling a little peppermint can even come in handy when you’re driving and finding yourself getting sleepy behind the wheel ).  Lemon has been found to help reduce depression and stress when inhaled. [2]  Think of the possibilities here, if you work in a clinic or counselling practice; not to mention the busy customer service counter of a bank or insurance office.

Another oil that has been tested in a clinical environment is Lavender. In a study reported in the International Journal of Nursing Practice, 85% of respondents to a questionnaire said that there had been a positive improvement in the work environment following the use of Lavender oil burners (imagine if they had used diffusers). [3]. The Essential Oils Desk Reference also lists the following oils as beneficial in dealing with anger and agitation: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang*.

 Some might ask is it ethical to change the mood of your customers or co-workers? Isn’t it like brain-washing? My answer to this is that I’ve been in many situations where I wished I had kept a cool head. Sometimes our emotions get in the way of rational discussions. Sure, there are times we need to be assertive, but not a lot is achieved by blowing our stack either. Essential oils can play a role in improving our workplaces. If you would like more information on the oils mentioned in the article please contact us. If you would like to buy any of them, please visit our website

Till Next time

Cheers

Anthony 

Research Papers:

Hirsch A R, Johnston L H. Odors and Learning. J. Neurol Orthop Med Surg. 1996; 17:119-126

Komori T, Fujiwara R, Tanida M, Nomura J. Application of fragrances to treatments for depression. Hihon Shinkei Seishin Yakurigaku Zasshi. 1995 Feb; 15(1):39-42

Komori T, Fujiwara R, Tanida M, Nomura J. Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states. Neuroimmunomodulation. 1995 May-Jun; 2(3): 174-80

Moss M, Cook J, Wesnes K, Duckett P. Aromas of Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oils Differentially Affect Cognition and mood in healthy adults. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 2003; 113:15-38

Moss M, Hewitt S, Moss L, Wesnes K. Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 2008; 118:59-77

Nasal, C, et al. Functional imaging of effects of fragrances on the human brain after prolonged inhalation. Chemical Senses. 1994; 19(4): 359-64

Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 2000; 6:110-112

 Yim V W C, Ng A K Y, Tsang H, Leung A Y. A Review on the effects of aromatherapy for patients with depressive symptoms. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009; 15(4):187-195

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Footnotes:  

 * A study carried out at the University of Northumbria found that Peppermint enhanced memory while Ylang Ylang impaired it, and that peppermint increased alertness while Ylang Ylang decreased it. Ylang Ylang though was shown to increase calmness. So maybe use Ylang Ylang in the area where your customers or patients are waiting, but Peppermint in the back office. 

[1] Chapter 2,  The Powerful Influence of Aromas on Both Mind and Body , Essential Oils Desk Reference, p12

[2] Komori, Fujiward, Tanida, Nomura, Yokoyama “Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states”. Neuroimmunomodulation. 1995 May-Jun;        2(3):174-80

[3]Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 2000 6:110-112