Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Burnt out? You’re not alone. A recent study by the Australian Psychology Society found that 35 per cent of Australians reported having significant levels of stress in their lives, and anxiety symptoms are among the highest they have ever been.
Stress is a natural human response to pressure. It can be useful for increasing our energy and alertness in challenging situations, but if left unchecked it can affect our ability to cope.
We asked accredited naturopath Fiona Forsyth for her tips on how we can harness the natural power of essential oils to manage stress.
1. Take a big whiff.
Inhaling essential oil is one of the fastest ways you can decrease stress.
“Smelling good quality essential oils is traditionally known to improve our moods and relax our central nervous system,” says Forsyth. “With one deep breath you can instantaneously combat any stressful situation, whether it be feelings of overwhelm or anxiety.”
Oils like lavender and jasmine are great for reducing stress, eucalyptus will help you to breathe easier, while rosemary and mandarin are excellent for improving memory and concentration. Consider a whiff your 3pm vending machine antidote.