Heal Anxiety with Essential Oil - Megan Walsh Wellness - Unlock Your Potential

Essential oils are volatile liquids extracted from plants, flowers and fruits. Studies have shown that essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.  Chamomile, rose oil, clary sage oil, valerian essential oil, sweet basil oil and bergamot essential oil are some of the top essential oils for sleep and anxiety. Many researchers suggest chamomile and rose oils to be very helpful essential oils for anxiety and panic attacks. Chamomile is also one of the key ingredients for my famous anxiety blend. This article introduces some of the best oils for anxiety and its associated symptoms and causes

Bergamot oil

Bergamot essential oil comes from the acidic bergamot tree.  Aromatherapy quality oil is obtained from the peel and harvested from steam distillation. Bergamot oil is not to be confused with the common Bergamot herb grown in many gardens as this is a completely different plant and is not used to create the beautiful oil that is known as Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is one of my all-time favorites to use for anxiety the scent will calm any nervous energy that is surrounding you.

According to a systematic review in 2015, inhalation of organic bergamot oil has an effect in relieving anxiety

In addition, a 2013 study found that bergamot oil diffused reduces the anxiety of people waiting for minor surgery compared to just diffused inhaled water vapor.

Rose essential oil

In a 2015 study, postoperative children inhaled natural rose oil (Rose Otto). The patients in the group that inhaled the rose oil reported a significant decrease in their anxiety levels. Researchers think the rose oil may have stimulated the brain to release endorphins, often called the “feel-good” hormone.

Rose essential oil has one of the most familiar smells and when inhaled is a recommended essential oil for anxiety as well as topical applications. In one study, researchers applied pure rose oil to the skin of each participant, using a ratio of essential oil to a suitable base oil and then measured its effects on the most common symptoms of anxiety. Blood pressure, heart rates, breathing rates, cortisol levels, and blood oxygen levels all decreased. The subjects also reported feeling much more relaxed after the oil treatment.

In another trial a small group of postpartum women underwent treatment for depression. One group received aromatherapy in addition to conventional medical treatments. 
The women who used aromatherapy improved significantly more than women who used conventional medicine alone.

Studies have also found that pure rose essential oil stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine. Researchers believe this chemical plays a pivotal role in helping to relieve the symptoms of depression.

You can use rose oil for skin in many ways. But for the uses mentioned in this article the oil is best applied via diffuser, or via the skin.

Natural Chamomile essential oil

Chamomile herb has long been used as a natural health remedy. Chamomile essential oil has some solid research behind it. Over the years, it has often been used for a variety of ailments and conditions.

A 2017 Study assessed the short-term use of chamomile for anxiety treatment. Researchers found that after eight weeks, 58.1 percent of participants reported a reduction of their anxiety symptoms.

Low morning levels of a hormone called cortisol have been linked with anxiety disorders. A small 2018 study found that chamomile therapy helped reduce anxiety symptoms and increased morning cortisol levels.

Once again using the oil is not to be confused with drinking the tea of chamomile whilst the benefits of chamomile tea are varied the chemical constituents of the oil differ so when using chamomile oil please do not ingest this. As with all essential oil’s ingestion is strongly not advised.

Clary Sage oil

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is a flowering herb that’s native to the Mediterranean Basin. Clary sage essential oil that’s extracted from the leaves and buds of the plant has a clean, refreshing scent and as part of your traditional Aromatherapy treatment ,inhalation is a therapeutic way of achieving a lowered anxiety levels..

 Anxiety and Menopause can be a stressful inevitable time in a woman’s life but using essential oils for this stress helps with the transition that all woman at some stage go through One component of clary sage oil is sclareol, which mimics the effects of estrogen in the body. For this reason, it is suggested to use clary sage for menopause. Moreover, the use of clary sage for hot flashes is also suggested by researches. Diluted in a base oil to suit clary sage oil applied to the bottoms of the feet can reduce hot flashes and when used in a blend is another plant that nature has provided for us to use in stressful situations

Valerian Essential oil

In modern times we find that Valerian Essential Oil is rarely used alone and usually blended with other essential oils for stress and anxiety that have a more pleasant fragrance  not to mask valerian herb’s pungent aroma, but to compliment and sing in synergy with each other to blend essential oils together is an art form and to the budding Aromatherapist is one of the greatest joys of working with natures gift to humanity 

That said, Valerian Essential Oil can often bring results where other oils have failed. It has an affinity with the central nervous system. Valerian officinalis was used during the First and Second World Wars in treatments for shell shock and nervous stress. Its powerful relaxing properties make it an excellent choice to subdue over-excitability and restlessness. Made from pure valerian root for stress and anxiety and as a sleep aid.

Valerian Essential Oil also has antispasmodic properties and when incorporated into a diffuser blend or massage oil blend the results are fortified.

Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Basil essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the Ocimum basilicum plant, basil essential oil is said to offer a variety of health benefits.

Basil essential oil contains a number of compounds thought to enhance health. These compounds include linalool, a substance shown to reduce stress in several scientific studies.

While preliminary research suggests some of basil essential oil benefits, there is currently a lack of research testing the health effects of aromatherapeutic use of essential basil oil. For example, several laboratory studies published in the past decade indicate that basil essential oil may possess anti-cancer, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.

It’s important to note that none of these studies tested the sweet basil essential oil uses in aromatherapy and that more research is needed in this area to ascertain the full benefits of this beautiful herb that so many of us enjoy using.

 If you’re considering using basil essential oil or any essential oil in this article for any health purpose, make sure to consult your physician first.

Usage of essential oil blends for anxiety and panic attacks

Essential oils may cause an allergic reaction when used topically. To avoid this, it’s important to do a patch test on a small area of skin before use.

Place a few drops of diluted essential oil on your wrist or elbow, and cover the spot with a bandage. Check the area in 24 hours. If you experience any redness, rash, or itching, the oil isn’t safe for you to use on your skin.

Essential oils aren’t safe for everyone. Talk to your doctor before using essential oils if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an underlying medical condition. You should also consult your doctor before using essential oils on children.

Remember: Not all essential oils are created equal, so you should only buy them from a reputable source. Essential Oils are not monitored by the FDA.

Although research has shown that aromatherapy may help relieve anxiety, it’s no substitute for seeing your doctor. If you have a stressful day at work or you’re anxious because you have an important appointment, an aromatherapy session or two might be just what you need.

But if you experience chronic anxiety that interferes with daily activities, call your doctor or a mental health professional. They can work with you to develop a management plan tailored to your needs that can also include essential oils.

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