Which essential oils can help with anxiety? Here they are!Mar 24, 2021
Many essential oils can promote the reduction of stress and anxiety through aromatherapy. The olfactory sense is directly keyed to the limbic system in the brain, which is associated with the fight-or-flight response and its opposite, the relaxation response. They can be distilled or cold-pressed from specific parts of various plants, such as leaves, peels, petals, or roots, among other things.
The therapeutic properties of scent have been relied upon by folk healers for millennia. I find it fascinating that even the Bible describes Jesus as an infant being visited by three wise men bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh! Frankincense and myrrh are tree resins that are often burned as incense. Having fresh flowers in the home or potted herbs, like lavender or rosemary, can also be a natural way to enjoy the calming benefits of aromatic plants.
You can also use a diffuser to get a beautiful scent of a calming or uplifting essential oil wafting through your home or add essential oils to a nice, relaxing bath. I have a collection of essential oils in my home, which I use to unwind. They always come in handy. I sniff directly from the bottles of oil I keep on my bedside table as needed.
Some essential oils are edible while others are not. For food-grade oils, look for “food-grade” or “therapeutic-grade” on the label. You need to be sure that those you take internally are food-grade and that you trust the purity of the brand before adding them to beverages, like tea or plain water, and to desserts like Genius Chocolate Balls in my Anxiety-Free with Food book.
They can also be combined with an unscented carrier oil, like almond oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil, or with a lotion and massaged into your skin. (Do not apply straight essential oil to your skin; they must always be diluted in a carrier oil first.)
To reduce tension and anxiety and uplift your spirits, try any or all of these essential oils for aromatherapy:
• Bergamot: Uplifting
• Chamomile: Relaxing
• Clary sage: Sedative
• Copaiba: Comforting (Like CBD oil, copaiba binds with the brain’s cannabidiol receptors. It contains no THC and does not get you “high.”)
• Frankincense: Sedative
• Geranium: Calming
• Jasmine: Emotionally healing
• Lavender: Calming
• Lemon: Uplifting
• Lemon balm, aka Melissa: Sedative
• Myrrh: Relaxing
• Neroli: Soothing
• Orange: Uplifting
• Patchouli: Sedative
• Petitgrain: Calming (It has chemical properties similar to lavender with the floral scent.)
• Rose: Soothing
• Valerian: Relaxing
• Ylang-ylang: Sedative