Ever experienced unconformable or even debilitating anxiety especially before or during an important event in your life?  Take for instance, when you have a job interview or a presentation that means so much to you, and then anxiety kicks in denying you the chance to shine. Well, sometimes relief comes in just a few drops of essential oils. They can either be applied topically or inhaled to calm anxiety. Here is a brief list of some of the essential oils which can be used to calm anxiety.  While they do not replace professional support, help and treatment, many have found them to be very helpful.

  1. Chamomile

Chamomile has a sweet smell that has a calming effect. Like using a chamomile tea, using this plant for its essential oils truly brings a sense of serenity and tranquility to many.

  1. Lavender

Lavender oil is one of the most popular and often used essential oils for anxiety. In fact, in one study it has been shown to be effective like the prescription medication Lorazepam (Woelk, H., & Schlafke, S., 2010). Those who use lavender do not have to worry that they will become dependent on this oil or develop side effects as you would if you used the drug. It can be applied topically or inhaled.

  1. Clary sage

When inhaled, this oil can elevate your mood, confidence and pleasure. It is can therefore be used to relieve chronic anxiety.

  1. Rose Oil

Rose flowers have a nice scent that is familiar to all of us.  If you are wondering why it feels so good to just smell roses, it may be because its scent helps the body to release some feel-good hormones; thus calming us down. Rose essential oil has the same effect when inhaled. It is safe for use even around children.

  1. Ylang Ylang

This oil has an uplifting scent which induces the feeling of comfort. Inhaling it gives you a feel of peacefulness of mind.

  1. Lemon

The fresh scent of lemon has a calming effect on the brain and is suitable for use when you feel anxious.

 

Safety Tips:

  • Before you purchase any oil, make sure that it is not a synthetic perfume or fragrance oil. They might smell the same but only pure, organic essential oils will give you the desired benefits.
  • Make sure to dilute the oils before topical application to avoid skin irritation. You can add a few drops of the oil a carrier oil. Some of the most popular include jojoba, coconut and grapeseed oils.
  • It is advisable to use the oil in small doses at intervals until you determine if you experience irritation or any unwanted effects.
  • If you prefer to inhale the oils, you can place a couple of drops on a cotton ball or tissue and inhale. You can diffuse a few drops in diffusers you can purchase online or in specialty stores. You can also use mix a few drops with water to make a pleasant smelling spray.
  • When using the oils, you should avoid contact with eyes or inner ears. Avoid applying it on broken, injured or irritated skin.
  • Always check with a healthcare professional knowledgeable in the use of essential oils before trying them yourself.

You can also mix different oils to reap even more benefits (mixing tips). Alternatively, you can buy oils from various companies which specialize in blended oils.

 


References

Harris, L. (2017). Using Essential Oils for Anxiety & Depression | Using Essential Oils Safely. Retrieved from http://www.usingeossafely.com/using-essential-oils-for-anxiety-depression/

Woelk, H., & Schlafke, S. (2010). A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19962288