Remedies for Stress Relief and Relaxation
Anxiety, stress, worry … they become such a part of our daily lives that we almost begin to think of them as natural and normal. There are some simple methods we can incorporate into our lives to help us deal with these common problems.
Lavender Essential Oil and Dried Herb
Lavender is the best place to start. Dried lavender or lavender essential oil are things we should all have in our homes, kept by our beds or even in our medicine cabinets.
For relaxation with lavender essential oil, rub just a tiny amount on your wrists or temples. Do this when feeling stressed or anxious, or before bed to help you sleep. You can also put a few drops of lavender essential oil in an oil burner to disperse the therapeutic scent throughout your home, or better yet, put a few drops of the oil into a nebulizer. Nebulizers are similar to oil burners, but instead of heating the oil, they produce a cool mist.
For relaxation with dried lavender, try putting a sachet under or inside your pillow, or carry it in your purse/bag. Take it out and crush the sachet in your hands to release the smell, and breathe deep.
Other essential oils are also helpful with relaxation. Bergamot, jasmine, and even scents that might not be listed as relaxing, but remind us of happy times in our pasts.
Karooch’s “Dreamtime” essential oil blend, a combination of known relaxers, is designed to be used in an oil burner or diffuser anytime during the day but especially at bedtime. Treat it like a ritual: add the Dreamtime blend to a diffuser or rub on your wrists and take a moment to breathe deeply.
Flower Essence Remedies
If you’re worried about disturbing others with essential oil scents, try using flower essences. Flower essences are different from essential oils: they are scentless, and are generally taken internally. Many plants that don’t produce essential oils are available in flower essence formats, allowing for an increased variety. Five Flower Formula is a blend of the most effective flower essences for the most extreme situations; take drops of it when your stress is peaking.
Larch and chamomile flower essences are also helpful for anxiety, as well as Fireweed Combo and Guardian blend. Not sure which essence is best for you? Curl up in the shop with a cup of tea and our reference guide, or check with our staff, who will be able to help you choose your essences.
Tea, of course, is a classic aid in relaxation. Taking a moment to sip on a hot cup of tea is a relaxing process in itself, and even better if the tea you’re drinking is made with relaxing herbs. Stop by Wonderworks and try a cup of our Rose Spice or Balance Blend tea, made by us! The herbs in the Balance Blend give the drinker a sense of calm and serenity.
There are several easy-to-use gemstones for relaxation, calm, and stress-relief. Amethyst helps quiet the brain for focus and sleep, and hematite helps ground us and connect us to the earth when we’re feeling anger, anxious, or worried. Lepidolite is a great balancer and brings a sense of peace and harmony, and Tiger’s Eye helps us overcome discouragement. Black Tourmaline repels negative energy from others, and rose quartz makes us feel loved and connects us to the knowledge that we have a loving place in the universe.
Gem elixirs (crystals infused into a potent solution) are also helpful. These elixirs can be added to baths or rubbed into the skin. Rose Quartz gem elixir is excellent for use in relaxing baths, along with massage and ayurvedic bath oils (especially the rose-scented oils - a divine treat!).
As well as being physically cleansing, water and especially salt water baths are a spiritual and emotional cleanser. Take a hot bath with some Dead Sea or Epsom Salts and focus on each part of your body, allowing it to relax into the water. Imagine your worries and tension being washed away in the hot water.
Wonderworks carries all of these wellness items and more. Come by the shop, try a cup of our tea, breathe in the lavender, and check out all the simple options for relaxation and stress-relief that are available to you.