Sunday, 12 April 2009

Ways to Relax and Relieve Tension

Lisa just asked what oils I use for relaxation and de-stressing. I was just thinking about writing something on this. Such a timely question! This post will go into the Beautification FAQ too. Here's what I usually use for relieving tension and destress, (and for tension headaches). These are also supposed help with providing a restful, relaxing sleep. 013copy I mixed my own oil for tension, headache, migraine and insomnia, by putting lavender, grapefruit, bergamot and basil essential into the Jojoba carrier oil. Sometimes just stopping to slowly smell the fragrance of the oils brings a calming moment too. Basil Essential Oil - Relieves headaches, stress related allergies, and painful menstruation. Lavender Essential Oil - calms and relaxes, effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Bergamot Essential Oil - reduce stress, depression, anxiety, or insomnia Lately, I've been whipping out my Origins Peace of Mind quite often on the public transport. Not only does it give me some calmness, it also chases away smelly public transport stenches. :p It contains nice-smelling Basil, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus. I use The Body Shop's Divine Calm that contains Lavender and Camomile after my evening shower. Coincidentally, as I was writing this I was also watching Dynamic Korea, a programme that shows you stuff about Korea, and a Korean housewife said she cut onions and put them beside the bed to help give a peaceful sleep. Though I love eating onions (haha stinky breath) I think the stinky onions will keep me up instead. Yoga stretches and deep breathing exercises are supposed to help relieve stress too. When you feel the stress/tension coming on, do some deep breathing. Done at the end of the day, it also aids in peaceful sleep. If you don't want to do yoga, just any kind of soft stretching will do. But usually, I let the tension and stress build up so much through the day, that I find none of these help me at all. I think the key is to keep a peaceful mind through the day, and avoid stimulating drinks like coffee. But it's really hard sometimes. I love the smell of coffee, so when I have the urge mid-day, I try to drink decaff instead. It's a struggle to stop drinking coffee in the morning though ... So far, the best thing for me is to get a good whole body deep tissue massage. It guarantees taking away stress, relieves tense muscles and gives a good night's sleep. © Copyright. All rights reserved.


Jamilla Camel said...


I totally agree with you on the lavender oil! It's great for de-stressing. I got an Aveda aromatherapy candle from the Britishbeautyblogger and I keep it in my home office!!

The BBB also sent me some Aveda Chakra One ayurvedic oil spritz to test, and I spray it on the back of my neck and shoulders to relax the does work!

Yumeko said...

i have a very sensitive nose i thnk
a lot of oils give me a headache
i wonder if its normal

miRaCLe said...

thanks for sharing with us your relaxing methods.. ^^

-Yu- said...

I always wanted to try oil for tension relief but my nose is so sensitive that i get nauseous.

thank you for sharing the tips.

Anonymous said...

This is to Yumeko. You are perfectly normal. my son can't smell most essential oil secents. :)

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