If you are in need of a great anxiety treatment, look no further than to essential oils.
Because of their ability to communicate directly with your brain through your olfactory system, essential oils are uniquely suited to alleviate any emotional imbalances you may suffer from. When you inhale an essential oil the scent sends a signal to your limbic system which effects your emotions.
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Besides triggering pleasant memories, many essential oils have been proven to have a physiological affect on your emotions, blood pressure, heart rate, and nervous system.
The effect of using Essential oils in an anxiety treatment have been studied for many years with great results.
Essential oils can be applied in three basic ways:
Orally - Prior to consuming essential oil you need to ensure that the oil is clinical grade. ie: It is pure and natural (from the dictionary meaning of these words) and contains only the oil advertised on the label. Most of the oils in today's market may be diluted or blended with synthetics that are unsafe for consumption. Unfortunately the cheaper the oil, the more likely that it is not actually an essential oil but rather, a chemical reproduction that smells like the real thing.
Aromatically - When you inhale an essential oil the scent sends a signal to your limbic system which effects your emotions. Our sense of smell triggers powerful emotional responses which affect our physiological state such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing patterns, and hormone production.
Topically - When essential oils touch your skin they are rapidly absorbed and because they are so potent it is wise to be cautious. Direct application is often OK in smaller areas or on the feet but when larger areas are treated it is usually best to dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, olive, or avocado.
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Balsam Fir Essential Oil can help calm anxiety, stress, depression and nervous tension.
For a great anxiety treatment before bed, take a relaxing bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts.
Follow up with a foot massage using a couple drops of Balsam Fir Oil.
Then diffuse 20 drops into the bedroom for a nice calming sleep.
More on Balsam Fir and how to use it.
When Bergamot is diffused into the air or applied topically it creates a calming environment which promotes confidence and a relaxed mood.
Alternatively you can diffuse 20 drops into the room or inhale from a cotton ball placed inside/beside your pillowcase.
More on Bergamot Essential Oil and how to use it.
Clary Sage Essential Oil is able to relieve us of anxiety disorders and chronic stress.
Diffusing Clary Sage into your environment can have a large impact on symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and cover your head with a towel to breathe in the steam.
U.S. National Library of Medicine - "Clary Sage lowers cortisol while increasing serotonin resulting in a reduction of stress and an increase in mood stabilization."
More on Clary Sage Essential Oil and how to use it.
Frankincense has a nice spicy aroma which promotes relaxation and tranquility. When inhaled, calming messages are sent to your brain which affect your emotion, motivation and long term memory.
Diffuse into the air to combat depression, anxiety and stress.
Whenever you feel nervous or tense try rubbing a few drops on the bottoms of your feet. I have found it easiest to drop Frankincense oil on one foot and then use it to rub the other foot so I don't get any on my hands.
More on Frankincense Essential Oil and how to use it.
Holy Basil Essential Oil has been researched and found to improve anxiety, stress as well as depression.
It known as an adaptogen with the ability to manage acute and chronic stress.
Holy Basil can be used as a supplement by adding a drop to your drinking water or ice tea. It can also be consumed by Gelatin Capsule.
Diffuse it, inhale it directly from the bottle or put a drop on a tissue in a plastic bag to enjoy as you go about your day outside the home.
Basil, of course, is used in cooking so try adding it to one of your recipes.
I don't have a page on Holy Basil yet but check out my Sweet Basil page for similarities.
Lavandin Oil has the ability to overcome anxiety, restlessness, emotional exhaustion and depression.
You can apply Lavandin directly on your forehead, around your nose, on your temples and to your solar plexus.
Diffuse 20 drops of lavandin twice daily.
More on Lavandin Oil and how to use it.
Lavender Essential Oil has been used for thousands of years in the bath to calm and relax the mind and body. Mix 15 – 20 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and add it to your bath water. Try this at bed time to promote relaxation prior to going to sleep.
Massage a couple drops on the soles of your feet at bed time if your anxiety is interfering with your sleep.
Lavender can be used as a rub for natural anxiety treatment. Blend 3 drops with a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and rub your neck and chest before bed time.
More on Lavender Essential Oil and how to use it.
Roman Chamomile is great as an anxiety treatment and can also be used to treat shock.
Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts and take it in a nice hot bath.
Massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.
Take the same 50:50 blend in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can provide you with mental, physical, and even spiritual support. Its calming and relaxing properties make it a great oil to defuse at bed time or to add to a relaxing bath.
More on Roman Chamomile Oil and how to use it.
Rose Essential Oil is a favorite anxiety treatment (after Lavender) especially for women.
Studies have shown it to be very effective in helping with panic attacks and relieving anxiety and depression.
Rose oil works well when taken by inhalation/diffusion or applied to a foot bath/massage.
Vetiver Essential Oil is a well known sedative and is very effective at calming nervous irritations, anger as well as anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks.
Vetiver oil will calm your nervous system and help with insomnia. It can be diffused in the air or used as a massage blend with 50:50 carrier oil. You can also add it to a cup of Epsom salts for a nice relaxing bath.
More on Vetiver Essential Oil and how to use it.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can provide you with some relief from stress and negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, fear and frustration.
Take advantage of its sedative qualities by blending a small amount with other oils and:
More on Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and how to use it.
Here are some other oils you may want to look at for an anxiety treatment. I will write about some of these in a future release of this page so bookmark it and come back often.
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