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Aromatherapy for Anxiety: 7 Essential Oils to Soothe Your Anxious Mind

Why use aromatherapy for anxiety relief?

Essential oils, the main ingredient in aromatherapy, is pretty powerful.  These oils harness natural substances like herbs and flowers to enhance the body’s natural healing mechanisms. 

The ancient Egyptians used essential oils to preserve the bodies of the pharaohs. During World War II, essential oils were used to help treat injured soldiers at a time when medicine was scarce.

Like I said, powerful stuff!


7 Essential Oils to Soothe Your Anxious Mind
7 Essential Oils to Soothe Your Anxious Mind

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Essential oils, once inhaled, stimulates the limbic region of the brain helping to regulate stress, breathing, blood pressure, heart rate and even hormones.

Use aromatherapy in the following ways:

•Hot water vapors
•Directly inhaling the scent from a bottle, inhaler or drops placed nearby
•Essential oils infused perfume, soaps, lotions that are absorbed into the skin
•Vaporizers
•Humidifiers
•Aromatherapy diffusers



F.Y.I

It’s important to educate yourself on essential oils before using them.  You can also seek the advice and guidance from an experienced aromatherapist to help you select the essential oils that suit you best. 

Certain essential oils shouldn't be used by pregnant women. And others that may cause sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitization).  


Aromatherapy for Anxiety: Best Essential Oils

Use one or a combination of these oils to enhance results when using aromatherapy.

Lavender

Lavender is the rock star of essential oils when it comes to reducing anxiety symptoms because of its calming effect on the mind and body.  Sleep, irritably, panic attacks and general tension can be improved by using lavender essential oil.   

Lavender has a remarkable ability to lower stress and anxiety of those about to undergo surgery and dental procedures.

Bergamot

Anyone who’s had Earl Grey tea knows the pleasant floral taste and aroma of bergamot.  This same ingredient that gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste acts as a double agent for inducing relaxation and improving sleep.  Two things anxiety sufferers struggle with regularly.

Chamomile

Famous for calming the mind and helping induce sleep, Chamomile is clinically proven to ease anxiety symptoms .

For Use On Skin:

Never apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. Always use a carrier oil and apply 1oz carrier oil for every three to six drops of essential oil. 

Common carrier oils: 

-Coconut oil
-Olive oil
-Sweet almond oil
-Jojoba oil

Frankincense

The next time you get anxious, try some meditation and don’t forget the frankincense infused incense.  That’s right, the same essential oil used to anoint Christ two thousand years ago, provides calm, tranquility, even pain, and depression relief

Ylang Ylang

If lavender oil is the rock star of essential oils for relieving anxiety, than Ylang Ylang is the cheerleader.   Using Ylang Ylang as part of your aromatherapy routine will uplift you, provide courage, build optimism and dampen fear. 

Vetiver

Panic attacks are the main identifying symptom of anxiety disorder. Give panic attacks the heave ho by using aroma-therapeutic infusions using vetiver.   A Natural Product Research Study links vetiver essential oils to lowering anxiety in lab rats.   

Rose

Second most popular essential oil, next to lavender, for relieving  anxiety and depression.  In a study published in the Iranian Crescent Medical Journal showed rose oil effectiveness in calming anxiety in pregnant women.




I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

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I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

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