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7 Essential Oils that are Great for Anxiety

7 Essential Oils That are Great for Anxiety

I'm sure you've heard of how scent can help you get through anxiety. Right?...No, you haven't? You mean to tell me that you haven't heard of how this works? Well, let me fill you in!

How Essential Oils Work

When anxiety strikes, it causes a lot of physical symptoms to emerge, including (but definitely not limited to) racing heart, feeling sick, fatigue, etc. It can cause you to lose sleep, keep you from going out with friends, and keep you from doing things that you love. 

I'm going to tell you about Olivia. Olivia actually found out how much essential oils help her to regain her focus and bring her physical body back to a calmer state. You see, Olivia uses essential oils to help her when her triggers start to become too much. Her triggers include her family screaming, her negative thoughts taking over, and her relationship starting to come undone. There have been a lot of studies linking our sense of smell to what kind of chemicals are released in our brains. It's the reason that aromatherapy works so well. 

A Breakdown of the 7 Essential Oils

Lavender- helps to restore the nervous system. This oil helps to reduce heart rate and works well if you have problems with a racing heart beat. This is also why it is a preferred scent to use for bedtime. 

Rose- helps to reduce stress and anxiety. This one is probably the second most used essential oil, with Lavender being the most popular. This essential oil is also popular with individuals suffering from grief and shock. 

Vetiver- helps to decrease the jitters and has been used to help with panic attacks. People often use this oil when doing grounding techniques. 

Ylang Ylang- helps to reduce heart palpitations and can help someone who is suffering from insomnia. Studies found that this essential oil can be used to reduce serum coritsol levels which are a result of increased stress levels. 

Bergamot- is often found in Earl Gray Tea, which is why it is used to help people get to sleep. Studies found that this oil helps to reduce the physical stress response that the body has when symptoms of anxiety surface. 

Chamomile- is used as an antidepressant. Even though this is a popular tool used to reduce symptoms of depression, the effects associated with this oil have also been linked to reducing the physical symptoms associated with anxiety. 

Frankincense- is used as a calming oil. Studies have shown that because of the calming effects of this particular oil, it is a great tool to use when attempting to reduce the effects of anxiety. 

How to Use the Oils

You can use the oils in three different ways. You can use them in aromatherapy, ingestion, or topically. Using the oils in aromatherapy is often the popular choice, as individuals do not have to ingest or use the oils on their skin. Our sense of smell is connected to the limbic system in our brain. Our limbic system controls our emotions and memories. You can use aromatherapy by putting the oil in your bath or shower, putting it on a piece of paper, using hot water vapor, diffusers, or a fan. 

If you decide that you want to ingest the oils, please make sure the oils are safe and pure. Please make sure that the FDA has approved any oils you choose to ingest. Also, be aware if you start to exhibit symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek medical attention right away. Common ways to ingest oils include adding them to tea, a favorite drink, water, honey, or cooking it into the food. 

If you decide to use the oils topically, remember that the oils can be potent and can burn or cause an allergic reaction if applied directly to the skin without diluting it first. You can choose to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba, avocado, olive, or coconut oil. You may choose to use the oil when getting a massage, apply it to the bottom of your feet, rims of your ears, your nails, or when using a compress. 

Another thing to keep in mind when using oils is the toxicity related to pets. Please be aware and do some research before using essential oils around pets, because some oils can be extremely toxic to animals. If you have animals, try using scents in a different way, such as grabbing some fresh roses from the store. 

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You continue to struggle with anxiety and even though you scour the web for quick fixes, it's still not working. I get it! Finding the right solution to help you with your struggle can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack. But I promise you, there is help. If you want to schedule some time to talk, we can talk about your situation and find some solutions for you. Check it out here. 


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Barbara Maulding, NCC, LCPC