Essential Oils for Relaxation

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Essential oils are powerful derivatives people have used for centuries. Each one offers particular benefits and a bright, natural smell. Floating is always an ideal choice for relaxation, but some oils can be used for a similar effect when you’re not at NWFC.

What Are Essential Oils?

If you’ve never used essential oils, you may be unfamiliar with what qualifies as one. Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found naturally in the leaves, bark, petals, and other parts of plants. These compounds change states quickly and release powerful aromas that provide stress relief and other health benefits.

There are over 3000 types of compounds used to make essential oils. They are used in single oils or proprietary blends, depending on the company. Some companies offer specific blends to help with health issues, such as digestive or respiratory problems.

Types of Essential Oils

No matter your need, you can find an essential oil to fulfill it. Northwest Float Center recommends a variety of essential oils, particularly blends from DoTerra. This company offers one of the widest product varieties on the market and is well-versed in the benefits of several oils.

Many of our clients use essential oils for stress relief, hoping to replicate the peaceful feelings of floating outside NWFC. For this we recommend oils such as lavender, frankincense, and chamomile. These have long been associated with calm minds, increased concentration, and healthy sleep patterns. Their scents range from sweet and floral to slightly spicy and aromatic. Blend your own mixture for personalized relief.

Some NWFC clients struggle with anxiety. This is often a component of other psychological issues such as depression, PTSD, or mood disorders. These clients benefit from lavender and chamomile, but NWFC also recommends oils like rose and vanilla. Vanilla in particular has a homey, calming scent; experts say it is the closest scent to mother’s milk. Vanilla increases clarity, calm, and a general sense of well-being.

Rose is another great oil for anxiety sufferers. It can be expensive due to a long extraction process, but it’s also one of the most versatile essential oils available. Rose has been shown to stabilize moods, especially in people with physical health issues. It is particularly beneficial for sufferers of depression, including postpartum symptoms.

Northwest Float Center clients often face frustration, anger, and burnout, especially at work. They can be unnecessarily hard on themselves and others. For those clients, we recommend oils like cinnamon, bergamot, and lemon. Though gentle, these oils have stronger, “sunnier” aromas that may last longer than florals. They are associated with courage, optimism, and self-affirmation.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, contact NWFC today.

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