“A study conducted in Taiwan in 2011…found that even a 10-minute-long weekly inhalation of aromatherapy resulted in a significant reduction of blood pressure and heart rate, and drove autonomic nervous activity toward a balanced state…participants with moderate and high degrees of anxiety benefited more than the light anxiety group.” – American College of Healthcare Sciences
Essential oils have been used since forever. They were first used many centuries ago, and ancient civilizations used these to heal the sick and conduct their religious ceremonies. Essential oils also found application as first aid for soldiers in war.
The oils are extracted from plant tissues, flowers, leaves and bark. It’s an all-natural manufacturing process, and the list of benefits is endless. Manufacturers don’t use any artificial substances like additives and chemicals with the only purpose to maintain the plant’s natural properties. This is a much better alternative than all the prescription drugs we use today.
Essential oils have a huge impact on mental health. They have long been used in aroma therapies, and studies confirm their beneficial effect in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, etc.
In this article, we’ll focus more on the most powerful essential oils that provide anxiety relief.
Top 7 essential oils for anxiety
- Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, Bergamot essential oil reduces corticosterone levels in rats. This was enough to convince researchers that the oil reduces stress and treats anxiety.
Bergamot can also aid in the treatment of depression and insomnia. It was also shown to induce relaxation. Those who use it in their tea always check their reduced blood pressure and pulse rate. Bergamot is found in Earl Grey Tea, and is safe for consumption.
- Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)
Another study conducted by experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine confirmed that chamomile “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) activity.”
Chamomile is best known for its super calming aromatic effect. If you like to use this oil in your aroma therapies, remember that it treats anxiety, irritation and stress (worries).
Chamomile is safe for use, and causes an allergic reaction in a small percent of users.
- Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender essential oil is the most commonly used product of its kind. It smells great, and can be used in the treatment of various ailments. This oil reduces stress, promotes good night’s sleep, reduces irritability, settles the stomach, etc.
Clinical trials keep confirming its benefits, including its anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effect. The studies were conducted under different conditions. They involved patients scheduled to undergo a surgery, moviegoers who watched anxiety-inducing movies, etc.
- Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri or Boswella Sacra)
Experts at a hospice in South Korea found that when combined with equal amounts of bergamot and lavender, frankincense essential oil “had a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.”
Frankincense oil is one of the most powerful oils when it comes to oils with tranquilizing and calming effect. It can be used in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It’s peaceful aroma can also be used in meditation. Interesting, right?
- Rose (Rosa Damascena)
Rose is the second most commonly used essential oil in terms of anxiety. It’s effective in extreme cases of anxiety, including panic attacks and shock.
One of the most eye-opening studies provided excellent results. First-time pregnant women were assigned a 10-minute inhalation and foot soak or a 10-minute foot-soak. Rose oil was used in both instances. Researchers found “anxiety scores in the intervention groups…were significantly lower than the control group,”noting that “using aromatherapy and foot soak reduces anxiety in active phase nulliparous women.”
- Vetiver (Vetivera Zizaniodes)
Vetiver has a nice and tranquilizing aroma. It’s a powerful calming agent that does miracles for the nervous system. Vetiver is an excellent solution for high-stress issues like panic attack and shock.
According to a study, vetiver was given to male rats followed by a testing of their neuronal activity. Vetiver has shown to have sedative effect which led to decreased neuronal activity. This oil also has anxiolytic effect.
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata)
Ylang ylang essential oil provides a feeling of optimism, joy and relaxation. It’s commonly used same as any other oil of this list. The oil can be used in the treatment of hypertension, insomnia, and heart palpitations (irregular heartbeat).
Ylang ylang is safe for use, but may cause mild skin irritation in some users. If you have hypotension (low blood pressure), consult your doctor before using it.
Source: Power Of Positivity