• Kelly Symone

Anxiety and Oils

My daughter has an anxiety disorder which is how I got into using essential oils. Anxiety is a tough battle to face day in and day out, which makes having a natural solution, such as an essential oil blend, important.

•In a recent 2014 study by the American College of Healthcare Sciences, 58 hospice patients were given hand massages once a day for one week with an essential oil blend diluted with fractionated coconut oil. The essential oil blend consisted of these essential oils in equal ratios of bergamot, frankincense and lavender. All patients who received the aromatherapy hand massage reported less pain and depression.

🌱Lavender oil is great for anxiety. It’s considered a nervous system restorative and helps support inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension. A number of clinical trials involving the inhalation of lavender essential oil indicated a reduction in stress and anxiety.

🌱Vetiver - has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy, often used in trauma helping with self-awareness, calmness and stabilization. A nervous system tonic, it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock.

🌱Ylang Ylang - This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects. Ylang ylang helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative, which can help with insomnia.

🌱Bergamot- is calming and often used to support depression treatment by providing energy; however, it can also help with insomnia to induce relaxation and reduce agitation.

🌱Wild orange - is a citrus oil and is known as one of the best oils for mood enhancing. It improves blood movement and cleanses the liver and gall bladder, it also helps relieve the body from panic.

🌱Roman Chamomile - It silences mind chatter. A peaceful, calming scent, chamomile benefits inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry. An explorative study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on the antidepressant activity in chamomile found that this essential oil “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”

🌱Frankincense - is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind.

•Mixed with bergamot and lavender oils in a 1:1 ratio in an aroma hand massage, frankincense was found to have a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer in a Keimyung University study in Korea.

•Frankincense oil is a great essential oil for depression: it helps to support and relieve nervousness, anxiety, stress, tension, and fear.

•You can use it at home by applying 1-2 drops of the oil on the back of neck and feet to help calm your body and mind.

•Whenever you are depressed or overcome with anxiety, just apply the oil (diluted with a carrier oil) on the back of neck or bottom of feet to obtain a wonderful, relaxing effect.

1. Aromatherapy for anxiety is very popular because our sense of smell triggers powerful emotional responses. We process so much information through our sense of smell.

* When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate a firing of mental response in the limbic system of the brain. These stimulants regulate stress or calming responses, such as heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones and blood pressure.

* Essential oils’ unique smell is carried directly to the brain, serving as a mood activator. Then, the limbic system assesses the sensory stimuli and processes feelings of happiness, helping to relieve depression.

2. Oral

* The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy,” is to add a drop of oil in a glass of water or in a teaspoon with honey. (16) You can simply add a drop or two underneath the tongue. This is beneficial because the blood capillaries are so close to the surface of the tissue under the tongue, allowing them to pass more quickly into the bloodstream and travel to the different areas of the body where they’re needed.

3. Topical -

* You can apply the blend directly to an affected area, on the bottoms of the feet, rims of the ears, using compresses, in baths or through massage.

* Mixing lavender oil with bergamot oil is known to both relax and uplift, both great oils to support depression.

There are countless blends and ways to use them...we will find one that helps you as they have helped my daughter and countless others! Message me for samples!

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