Have you ever walked into a florist and instantly felt happier? Perhaps you find the soothing scent of lavender the best way to lift your mood? What if you could sniff an essential oil and fight off anxiety or block a panic attack? Do you know what essenital oils to use for anxiety?
People have been using essential oils for hundreds of years around the world. The oils of plants, flowers, leaves, and even the bark of trees has been used to heal the body from head to toe. Now science and aromatherapists are using essential oils to fight anxiety.
Science is proving that aromatherapy and essential oils can help you take back your life from anxiety.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is one of the most common of essential oils because it is calming and has a soothing scent. However, it also has the ability to work with the nervous system to reduce general nervous tension and panic attacks.
There have been clinical trials on the use of lavender to reduce stress and anxiety. One study used lavender in gel-caps to induce anxiolytic effects (An anxiolytic is a medication or other intervention that inhibits anxiety).
Use: Simply smelling lavender oil is effective. You can also apply it topically with just a few drops to the skin.
Rose (Rosa damascena)
Rose oil is calming. It has been used to help people in shock and grief. Rose oil comes from the petals, and retain the beautiful floral scent that promotes relaxation. Rose oils have been used for women in labor as well as beneficial for people suffering from depression.
Just a few drops on the skin help promote a sense of peace of mind.
Use: You can merely smell rose essential oil, by dabbing it in the palms of your hand with one or two drops. It can also be applied one drop behind each ear. You can also use an oil diffuser. 2-4 drops in the diffuser will make your room a calming place.
Ylang ylang helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes anxiety because of its uplifting scent. One of the more unusual traits is that it may calm heart palpitations and slow your heart rate because it is a moderately strong sedative. For that middle of the night anxiety, this is the one to turn to. But I would suggest taking it easy during the day as it may make you sleepy.
People with low blood pressure should avoid using ylang ylang. Used topically, you might see a reduction in inflammation and diminish the appearance of scars. Delightfully, Ylang ylang can also enhance libido.
Geochang Provincial College in Korea conducted a study using ylang ylang oil once a day for four weeks and showed that it reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.”
Use: You must use a carrier oil – almond or olive oil work nicely. Ylang ylang can be irritating to the skin without it.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Medically, Bergamot essential oil is an anti-bacterial agent. It is often used in making soaps because it effectively kills off harmful bacteria.
Bergamot oil can treat anxiety and depression because it induces relaxation by reducing corticosterone levels.The mix of lavender and bergamot can reduce blood pressure and pulse rates as it produces a calming feeling. However, when used topically, you might see an increased risk of sunburn.
Use: For anxiety inhale directly from a diffuser or breathe in the scent slowly from the bottle. You can also apply several drops to the upper abdomen.
Never ingest any essential oils , read the directions carefully and skin test the area, proceeding with caution as they may react differently to different individuals, especially children and pregnant women.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra)
Frankincense is one of the oldest essential oils and has been known to treat anxiety and nervousness. This is why it has been associated with meditation and spiritual grounding. It has a soothing scent that promotes tranquil energy.
When used medicinally, frankincense is a powerful antiseptic. It can be allied on wounds without side effects to prevent infections.
For anxiety use, Frankincense may make you feel more introspective. Lowering anxiety and anger, it can be especially useful. A study in the Journal of Men’s Health suggests using Frankincense during stressful times.
Use: add 3-4 drops of frankincense oil to a diffuser and take five deep breaths. This will open your breathing passages and reduce blood pressure.