“I’m so busy”, “My weekend is so full”, “I’ve got so much to do”.
I’m sure we’ve all used a variation on one of these statements lately, and are all too familiar with the feeling of being slightly overwhelmed by the number of commitments we’ve made. We’re often in a rush, feeling like we don't have enough time to ourselves, and that we’re a little behind on all the things we need to do, let alone all the things we’d like to do. This modern life can be fast-paced and frantic. With work taking up more and more of our time, the rising cost of living, social media and 24/7 news intruding into our homes at all hours, the pressure can take its toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.
It’s interesting to note, then, the emergence over the last few years of many small movements that seem to counter this frenzied pace by encouraging us to slow down and find balance. The Danish concept of Hygge, Marie Kondo's methods for decluttering our space and mind, mindfulness and meditation apps and practices, and the resurgence of aromatherapy for an instant mood boost. These form a part of the increasing global movement focusing on the importance of self-care and the maintenance of our mental wellbeing. Some of these trends you may have heard of, or perhaps have tried yourself, some may seem like a bit of fun, and some more practical, but there is a similar idea behind all of them: slow down, relax, reflect, and find content, even if it’s just for those few moments.
Here at earthYARD we combat stress and find calm by tapping into what we know best, the restorative powers of essential oils. Here are just five ways you can use essential oils to help you find peace and calm or to help you find the inner strength needed to tackle your day:
Frankincense Oil is extracted from tree resin, and has been used and valued since ancient times. It smells balsamic and slightly sweet and spicy, and blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper and Sandalwood. You may find the aroma of Frankincense Oil to be warm, uplifting, and stimulating, which could make it great for times when you need to de-stress and give your mind or mood a boost.
Usage suggestion: Try adding 1-2 drops onto facial blotters or a little strip of baking paper and pop into your wallet or handbag for a mobile calmness wherever you go.
Buddha Wood Oil is extracted from a small tree native to Australia, and it is often used as a meditation aid. It has a beautiful, deep woodsy, whisky scent, and blends well with Sandalwood, Bergamot and Clove Bud Oil. The aroma of Buddha Wood Oil may bring balance and grounding to your day, which could make it great for those times you want to encourage feelings of relaxation and peace.
Usage suggestion: Diffuse 5 drops of Buddha Wood with 3 drops of Orange and 2 Drops of Sage for a peaceful ambience at home – perfect for a post busy day quick meditation session.
Created by earthYARD combining Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Lavender, Orange, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang. Hush Blend was designed to be calming and comforting, which could make it great for when you are feeling anxious, or wish to refocus and be in the moment.
Usage suggestion: Splash a few drops across the shower floor before stepping in (not too much or you may slip) let the steam fill the room and focus on the sounds of water.
Designed by earthYARD and features Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint with Myrrh, Citrus and Cedarwood. Force Blend was created to help you rally your inner resources and push through the day, you may find it useful for those times you are running on little sleep or when you need to find a little motivation.
Usage suggestion: You can wear Force Blend on diffuser jewellery but my personal favourite is 3 drops into a small amount of our base cream for an all-over wearable armour.
Sandalwood Oil is derived from the aromatic wood of the Australian Sandalwood Album tree. It’s aroma is sweet and woody, and it blends well with Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Orange among many others. You may find the aroma of Sandalwood to bring clarity, and be soothing and sensual, which could be great for when you need to clear your mind and focus, as well as for setting a romantic mood.
Usage suggestion: Dilute into Jojoba or your favourite carrier oil for a natural meditative perfume or add a few drops to some natural laundry detergent and create mindful wash.