Essential oils are amazing at helping with everyday problems; many people use them when they've already gotten sick as a natural solution/remedy, when they want to prevent getting sick, as beauty products, and as fragrances in their home! Here are some essential oils that will help ease your anxiety and stress, and the different ways you can use essential oils to benefit your health (aromatherapy, dilution, application, etc.). This post may contain affiliate links, for more information see my disclaimer.
Lavender is probably the most popular essential oil for relieving anxiety. It's been found to have the same beneficial effects on anxiety as Lorazepam (without the sedative properties or possible addictive side-effects). It was found to lower people's anxious reactions to anxiety-provoking stimuli. The scent alone is said to be relaxing and calming, and I agree- I use it before bed!
If you've ever tried Chamomile tea, then you already know the calming effects. A study has shown that in people with comorbidity (two disorders that commonly appear together in people) of anxiety and depression, it helped relieve symptoms for both disorders.
3. Ylang Ylang
In a study that combined ylang ylang, bergamot, and lavender, patients were found to have reduced "psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension." It also helps calm physical responses to anxiety.
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Peppermint is great for clearing your mind, when anxiety has it jumbled up with stress and anxious thoughts. Indigestion oftentimes is associated with upset nerves, and peppermint oil can help alleviate those symptoms as well.
Of course I had to include rose oil (it's my favorite one!), but even studies have shown that rose oil is extremely helpful for reducing anxiety. The smell alone can improve mood and stabilize emotions.
Bergamot was found to significantly reduce stress levels, done by a study on rats. It's found to be very calming and can even reduce blood pressure!
The smell alone of Jasmine has been claimed to be "as calming as Valium". It was used in the past to help with insomnia as well.
Sandalwood is known to have a strong effect on the limbic system, making it very helpful for regulating emotions. Sandalwood helps calm the mind and because it's powerful at stabilizing emotions, it also helps promote mental clarity.
Valerian root can ease physical symptoms associated with anxiety, such as stomach tension and muscle pain. It has a powerful relaxing effect on your body's muscles.
Patchouli has a calming effect and is known to be a light sedative, helpful in aiding restlessness before bed. Even though it is a light sedative, it's known to help boost your mood caused by emotional exhaustion and fatigue.
Eucalyptus is great for relieving mental exhaustion! It's cooling effect stimulates the brain while simultaneously eliminating stress. See also: Revival Aromatherapy Roller
12. Cinnamon Leaf
Cinnamon leaf has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and helps soothe aching and tired muscles. Along with it's physical soothing benefits, it also alleviates drowsiness caused from mental fatigue.
Another study done on rats found that vetiver oil may help reduce anxiety. It's often used for people experiencing or who have experienced trauma, and it is very beneficial for those suffering from panic attacks.
Wonderful for relieving agitation, lemongrass oil is great for helping those with anxiety and stress. One study found that GABA (a neurotransmitter that reduces stress) levels increased in the brain when the fragrance of lemongrass was inhaled.