Life is filled with problems–stress, diseases, toxins, pain, grief, bugs, annoying people, etc. Unfortunately, for some of us, these problems result in anxiety, stress and panic attacks. Anxiety is not triggered by actual events but by our thoughts about those events. Adding essential oils to your daily routine may help.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
Even though “anxiety can be very annoying. It is a challenge. There is always a benefit in every adversity. Anxiety forces us to become wiser and more courageous. It turns us into heroes. – Dr. Detlef Beeker”
So what can we do to help reduce our anxiety and stress? Smelling one or more essential oils using a diffuser. Also, try sprinkling a few drops on an object or clothing may help. Amanda Lattin, chair of aromatherapy at the American College of Healthcare Sciences, says “how a person reacts to aromatherapy is very individualized. ‘Part of what makes aromatherapy effective is how our brains and our central nervous systems respond to this olfaction stimulus,’ she says. ‘It’s absolutely true that what works for one person may not work for another, or could even have the opposite effect.’” (1)
“According to experts, while essential oils have a very strong aroma, it is not the aroma itself that has a beneficial effect. The overall chemicals used in making the essential oil have a chemical and physiological effect on the body and brain chemistry.” (2)
Are you experiencing severe anxiety, panic attacks, and phobia? Please seek medical help before trying these essential oils.
We know lavender for its calming effects. “The new study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggests that sniffing a compound in lavender–called linaloo–affects the same parts of the brain as anti-anxiety drugs, only without impairing movement the way medicines like Valium can. Linalool was also found to affect the brain by smell alone, without being absorbed into the bloodstream—another potential plus for people worried about medication side effects or interactions.” (1)
“In research done by Diego and his colleagues, it has been proven that the people who received lavender oil olfaction for about 3 minutes felt significantly relaxed and had a decrease
As one of the most popular essential oils for depression and anxiety, bergamot helps reduce nerves, agitation, and insomnia. “When compared to people using a placebo, bergamot blended with lavender oil caused a significant reduction in pulse rate and blood pressure with participants rating themselves more relaxed and calmer than those who used the placebo.” (4)
“It has been proven that bergamot essential oil reduces corticosterone response to stress and applying on the skin helps in treating anxiety and depression. This oil also reduces the pulse rate and blood pressure in an individual. People tend to feel more relaxed and calm after inhaling this essential oil.” (2)
Many people drink chamomile tea to help them relax and to fall asleep. “While many studies have shown how chamomile can help calm your mind, it can also help to relieve stress and improve digestion. Additionally, a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine that focused on the antidepressant effects of chamomile found that, in addition to decreasing anxiety, chamomile essential oil may also provide clinically significant antidepressant activity.” (5)
“Looking for increased mental clarity and focus? When you’re dealing with the challenging demands of the daily grind, having a moment of harmony and peace is essential for your overall well-being and mental health. Sandalwood oil, with its amazing woody aroma, has a powerful therapeutic effect on the brain’s limbic system and is an excellent emotional balancer.” (6)
Extracted from a tropical tree native to the Philippines, Ylang-Ylang goes directly to the brain when smelled. “It’s said to expand one’s heart and release anger, jealousy, and other negative emotions. Thus, it’s an effective anti-depressant and is often used to treat natural depression and mild anxiety. Its mild sedative effects can lower stress response like high blood pressure and fast heartbeat.” (3)
“A Korean study published in 2006 found that a combination of ylang
“People should be careful while handling ylang-ylang essential oil because it can be irritating to sensitive skin. You also need to avoid this essential oil if you have low blood pressure. Other than that, the relaxing and calming aura of this oil will bring you immediate calm and peace.” (2)
Want to learn more about essential oils to help decrease your anxiety? Seeds of Wellness offers classes on essential oils with doTERRA Wellness Advocate, MaryAmber Hughes. Visit our Events & Classes webpage or call us at 440-933-7733 to learn about our upcoming essential oils class.
(1) “Do Essential Oils Work for Anxiety – and What Are the Best Ones?” on Health.com
(2) “The Best Doterra Essential Oils for Anxiety” by Lea Harrison on Essential Oil Diffuser USA
(3) “Essential Oils that Help with Stress and Anxiety” by Emma Carter on Essential Oil Haven
(4) “7 Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression” on Healthy Focus
(5) “11 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety (2019 Aromatherapy Review” on Developing Good Habits
(6) “Top 17 Best Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety – And How to Use Them” on Up Nature