Feeling Anxious? Use These Top 5 Aromatherapy Products for Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are common ailments that affect people from all walks of life. During the course of our lives, most of us will experience anxiety. However, stress is a natural part of life and essential for teaching our bodies how to respond to different stimuli and situations. However, too much stress or poorly managed stress can lead to anxiety. At its worst, anxiety leads to depression, which may cause one to lose interest and pleasure in activities that they love in life, develop poor sleeping habits, experience weight changes, and completely disengage from the outside world.
Using Aromatherapy to Treat Anxiety
While anxiety is on the rise, it is not a new mental health problem and nor are some of the remedies we recommend to help ease it. For centuries, humans have used plants and herbs, essential oils, and aromatherapy as natural remedies for relieving anxiety and this is still a great way to help today.
Ways of Treating Anxiety Using Aromatherapy
There are four typical ways of using essential oils in aromatherapy.
Diffusers - This involves adding a few drops of your preferred essential oils like lavender, rosemary, ylany ylang and frankincense to a room diffuser for use throughout the day. Look out for our calming oil blends!
Massage - By blending a few drops of your preferred essential oil or oil blend to a carrier oil either sweet almond, jojoba or grape-seed your masseuse (or friend or partner!) can give you a proper luxurious restorative body massage. You can also do it yourself from the comfort of your home. For relaxing body oils, click here
Bath – A few drops of your preferred essential oils blended with a carrier oil can also be added to your bath water to soak your anxiety or stress away. Better still, a bath salt blend containing Epsom salt aswell as essential oils is a good way to ease anxiety and help you relax, as the magnesium helps relax the body while the essential oil relaxes the mind.
Soy Candles - Naturally scented candles have been used for centuries to soothe and relieve stress, enhance mental clarity, promote healing and to relax the body. Just make sure the scent is 100% natural and comes from therapeutic grade essential oils. Artificial fragrances can actually have adverse effects and can even cause headaches, which is sometimes just the thing you are trying to relieve!
Top Essential Oils for Relieving Anxiety
Ylang-ylang flowers from the Cananga tree found in Indonesia produce oil that is effective in reducing hypertension because of its sedative qualities. A little aromatherapy with this oil will not only help you alleviate stress and anxiety, but will also help you fall asleep faster.
Lavender is considered a natural super oil reputed for relieving stress and anxiety hence inducing a peaceful slumber. Lavender aromatherapy calms anxiety by affecting the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions. We use lavender in our Calm mist, Sleepy Head mist and balm, and lavender and flaxseed eye pillows. It is considered a great all rounder oil to enhance mood.
The soothing Valerian herb has been used to promote sleep and calm nerves since ancient times. It is thought to contain compounds that have a mild sedative effect on the body.
Jatamansi is an ayurvedic medicine used to calm the mind and encourage sleep. It is in the same plant family as valerian. Jatamansi may relieve depression by reducing MAO receptors and GABA neurotransmitters in the brain.
Jasmine oil has an elegant floral scent thought to calm the nervous system without producing sleepiness. Just by inhaling jasmine oil directly from the bottle or allowing the scent to fill the room through a diffuser, it promotes a sense of well-being and even romance.
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