Essential Oils for Anxiety

Anxiety is characterized by fear, distress, and enormous levels of worry which impair a person’s behavior, thinking, social skills, and other aspects of life. Although a normal and healthy emotion which every person experiences anxiety can become serious and affect the quality of life when left unresolved. When it happens regularly, anxiety worsens and leads to other problems. Different types of anxiety have been identified including PTSD, OCD, and others. Although serious problem anxiety is not untreatable. One can ease anxiety symptoms in many ways including the use of essential oils. Throughout this post, you’re going to learn more about essential oils for anxiety.

Lavender

The lavender essential oil is absolutely divine, and besides wonderful scent, it can improve our health and quality of life. You’ve probably sniffed a little bit of lavender oil here and there and found it very relaxing. That’s because this essential oil exhibits anti-anxiety effects. A growing body of evidence confirms that lavender essential oil induces a calming effect without sedation, lack of dependence, tolerance, or withdrawal. What’s more, the onset of efficacy is more rapid than current first-line agents that treat anxiety. Plus, a study from the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience discovered that sniffing a compound in lavender, called linalool, acts on the same parts of the brain as anti-anxiety drugs just without impairing movement.

Ylang ylang oil

Ylang ylang oil is made from the flowers of the herb Cananga odorata. If you’ve never used this essential oil before you may want to try it because its tropical scent is amazing. Both calming and uplifting, ylang-ylang oil improves your mental and emotional wellbeing easily. Studies that examined the effects of this essential oil found that participants rated themselves calmer and more relaxed than their counterparts who did not use ylang-ylang oil. Scientists explain that this essential oil has relaxing effects that promote your mental health. In order to tackle anxiety properly, you may want to consider ylang-ylang oil. This essential oil is also a part of Stress-Free blend made by Honest Essence.

Bergamot oil

Bergamot oil is extracted from the rinds of citrus fruit that grows on bergamot orange trees. Citrusy scent of bergamot essential oil is both refreshing and calming at the same time. That’s why it comes as no wonder that bergamot oil is found in perfumes, colognes, toiletries, cosmetics, and other products. Bergamot oil belongs to the group of essential oils that help users alleviate anxiety and symptoms associated with it. What’s more, studies also confirm the anti-anxiety effects of bergamot oil and support its use in aromatherapy.

Patchouli oil

Patchouli essential oil is sourced from the leaves of the Pogostemon cablin plant which is a perennial herb native to tropical regions of Asia. Inhaling the lovely scent of patchouli oil transmits messages to a brain region involved in the control of emotions. Like other essential oils on the list, patchouli oil also promotes calmness and relaxation. Effects are even stronger when various essential oils work together. Patchouli oil works great with other ingredients in Stress-Free blend.

Sweet orange essential oil

Sweet orange oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the Citrus sinensis fruit. This particular essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy due to its potential to soothe tensed muscles, and it also acts as a mood lifter. Thanks to its mood-lifting effects, sweet orange essential oil allows users to overcome negative emotions which are associated with stress and other symptoms of anxiety. The best thing about sweet orange essential oil is that it’s versatile and easily combined with other oils.

Pink grapefruit oil

Pink grapefruit oil, sourced from Citrus paradisi, has a recognizable scent and aroma just like grapefruit. Inhaling this essential oil lifts your mood and also has the potential to enhance your overall health and wellbeing. Like other essential oils, pink grapefruit oil acts on brain regions that control emotions thereby allowing you to manage stress and anxiety in a natural manner. Pink grapefruit oil also aids the management of depression, headache, jetlag, fatigue, and other problems.

Gurjun oil

Gurjun essential oil is extracted from the tree that grows in the wet forests of Southeast Asia. Local populations cultivate this tree for its balsam. Scientifically known as Dipterocarpus Turbinatus, this essential oil has a nutty scent and is able to support heart health and promote healthy blood pressure. The use of gurjun oil relieves respiratory problems such as asthma but is also able to aid the management of stress and anxiety. It's important to mention that gurjun is also one of the ingredients in Stress-Free blend which is specifically formulated to lift a user’s mood and promote relaxation.

How to use essential oils for anxiety

What we love the most out essential oils is their versatility. Therefore, if you want to use them or the blend to manage anxiety, there are many ways to do it. For instance, you can use them topically by diluting one drop of oil with several drops of carrier oil and apply onto your skin. Other ways of using essential oils include putting three to four drops in a diffuser, mixing oils with bath salts and lotions, applying them onto fabrics such as bedding, cushions, and pillows.

Conclusion

Anxiety is a common problem that affects millions of people in the US and around the globe. There are many ways to manage anxiety, and the use of essential oils is one of them. Essential oils are an effective and natural anxiety treatment method. The best thing is there are dozens of essential oils that promote calmness and relaxation, but it's more practical to use bundles which deliver multiple oils in a single bottle.

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6007527/

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00241/full

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6976588_Relaxing_effect_of_ylang_ylang_oil_on_humans_after_transdermal_absorption

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5434918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28398260

https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-grapefruit-essential-oil-88780