Top 5 Essential Oils for Relaxation

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I love Hong Kong and this is the city I will always call home, but it’s not an easy metropolitan to cope in when everything goes by so quickly. If you’re like me and often find yourself stressed, anxious or having a hard time to unwind then here are 5 top essential oils to relax your body and balance the mind.

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Lavender: Calming and soothing. Affects the cardiovascular system, nervous system, helps with emotional balancing and is great for the skin because of it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and regenerative properties.

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Roman Chamomile: Therapeutic calming effect on the skin, mind and body. It’s also said to help one overcome ones negative feelings of disappointment and hopelessness. Promotes serenity in all areas of life.

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Vetiver: Its calming, grounding and stabilizing properties allow it to help with stress relieving. It’s nature’s tranquilizer and helps induce a restful sleep. (I always have this next to my bed stand. But remember this is a strong oil so use one drop first to see how it affects you personally. Apply one drop at a time for added effect.)

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Valerian: Helps with anxiety,stress and depression. Is an ancient oil that calms and relaxes the mind and body. A root based oil that improves the quality of sleep (great for insomnia).

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Clary Sage: Calming to the nervous system. Helps balances emotions. Washes away daily tension and gives a sense of mild euphoria. (Also great for relieving menstrual pains)

Suggested ways of application:


Topical: Choose a base oil of choice (eg. coconut oil, jojoba oil or my favorite sweet almond oil) and add 1-2 drops to one pump of base oil, mix and apply to designated area. For stress related purposes, I suggest to apply it over the heart/chest area to clear the heart chakra and on the back of your neck.

Breathe it in: Simply add 1-2 drops to your palm, rub it in to activate the oil and cup your hands over your nose. Inhale deeply 3-5 times.

Diffuser: Add 3-4 drops of essential oil into your 100mL diffuser and let it fill your home or workspace.

Hot compress: Add 1-2 drops of essential with one pump of base oil and apply to desired area. Put a hot towel over that area and enjoy.

Enjoy on the go: Add 10-15 drops of essential oil into a 10mL glass roller bottle and then top off with your choice of base oil. Apply it on the go to your temples, wrists, back of neck or over your heart.

If you’re looking for the oils above or want to make a personalised blend you can contact me directly at hello@maisondecoco.com or ping me for a personal consultation.

I hope that this blog post was useful and that you learned something new! If you have any essential oil questions that you want answered simply shoot me an email or follow me on Instagram @cokes for more updates. If you’re interested in learning more about Essential Oils I host monthly workshops around town.

*This blog post was in collaboration with my friend Carmen at  www.thefitaholics.com. Head on over to her blog to check out all things fitness and wellness related.

Until next time my oil loving friends!

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I’m just a girl who loves essential oils and wants to share the great benefits of it to the world. All the information provided on Maison de Coco is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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