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There is a good chance that you are aware of essential oils by now. They serve so many purposes and aromatherapy has been linked to a litany of health benefits. And even though they have been used by medical practitioners for years, they are gaining traction when it comes to treating pain, stress, and sleep issues.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and for good reason. It has been used to treat a number of different things and there have been recent studies that suggest that sniffing a compound in lavender known as linalool has the same effect on the brain as anti-anxiety drugs. The best part is that it doesn’t impair movement in the way that medicines such as Valium can.
Also beneficial is the fact that it can be sniffed and does not have to be introduced into the bloodstream. This is great for people who are worried about interactions or side effects that medicine can have on them or in general.
The only catch to this is that the research was done on mice. We still don’t how this transfers over to human and it may be years before we truly know.
It is also important to remember that the way a person reacts to aromatherapy is individualized to that person. What might be beneficial or detrimental to some may not have the same effects for others. It is important to try essential oils in small doses to see how you react to them. The last thing you want is to have an adverse reaction due to a heavy dose.
The key is to make certain that you diffuse these essential oils before using them. Diffusing disperses them into the air in less concentrated doses. Follow the directions laid out by the product as they can have very negative effects if inhale or used incorrectly.
When following the correct procedure, you can apply the oils in a number of ways. Use them on your skin, in bathing, applied on to a diffuser bracelet, or mixed into lotions and creams. If they are not diluted beforehand, they can be irritating to the skin.
There are a few related essential oils that can help to treat and even relieve anxiety. Make sure that if you implement these oils into your life that you keep your doctor or medical professional in the loop so that they can provide additional guidance to you.
Rosemary essential oil
If you are anxiously looking for a way to relax, rosemary oil is probably not the best option as it can be somewhat stimulating and energizing through inhalation of its scent. What it does provide, according to some research though, is increased cognitive function. It also helps decrease the overall presence of stress hormones, which can also help to reduce anxiety and intensified uneasiness in some situations.
It may be beneficial to make use of rosemary essential oils in situations that are more stressful. Even though it is not exactly meant to treat anxiety, being able to manage those stress levels could, by proxy, help to mitigate anxiety.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender has long been a known remedy for insomnia and anxiety. There are a variety of ways that you can use these lavender essential oils in order to bring about a more relaxed presence in your life. Lavender remains one of the most popular essential oils around for just this reason.
The key is to look for products that contain the oil that is distilled from the flowers of the Lavandula angustifolia plant. Just a little bit each day can have a drastic effect on how you deal with stress and anxiety in your life.
Bergamot essential oil
There was a study conducted in 2015 by the journal Forschende Komplementarmedizin (Research in complementary Medicine) which found that those people who inhaled bergamot essential oil that has been diffused with water vapor actually had reduced levels of stress hormones, reduced fatigue, and improved mood. This was use among a control group to test the results.
Bergamot oil can be hugely beneficial for having more energy throughout the day while maintaining an improved mood. These also help to mitigate those levels of stress that can plague our lives on a daily basis.
Sweet orange essential oil
This essential oil is actually extracted from the peel of the orange fruit. Not only that, it has been shown to improve markers of post-traumatic stress disorder when tested in mice. Additionally, a 2015 randomized clinical trial that was published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research noted that women in labor who were exposed to orange essential oil had lower anxiety ratings than those who were exposed to distilled water.
With a natural citrus scent, sweet orange essential oil can also be used in cleaning products or just as a fresh scent for your home. It is one of the most versatile essential oils on the market today and remains one of the most popular as well.
Chamomile essential oil
The Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine noted back in a 2015 review that chamomile has stress relieving and anti-anxiety properties that help to ease depression, overactive minds, and worry among subjects tested.
If used before sleep for things like baths, it can help to relax the body and mind while also bringing on sleep. All of this with a spiritual and peaceful awareness. You may have heard of chamomile before as it is a popular tea that is used for relaxation purposes and for providing easier sleep.
These are just a few of the essential oils out there that have beneficial health qualities. To find the best ones for you, think about the areas in your life that you would like to improve. Perhaps it is sleeping better, limiting stress, or just feeling better.
Doing this will allow you to properly identify the essential oils that can have the biggest impact in your life. Diffusing them around your home or office can have a tremendous impact on the way you live your life and can help to make you feel better overall.