Anxiety is a mental disorder that almost everyone experiences. It leaves you worried and incapable of performing at your maximum. It also one of the most common psychological disorders humans around the globe suffer. Luckily, science has provided us with medicines and therapies that can help eliminate this disabling disorder.
Unfortunately, however, not everyone can afford to go to therapies or buy medicines due to financial or time constraints. This is where essential oils come in. Essential oils are aromatic liquids that can help the body relax. They can be applied to the skin, inhaled, diffused, or even consumed.
Here are the ten best essential oils to combat your anxiety:
Lavender Essential Oil
Studies have shown that Lavender or Lavandula can induce a calming effect on those who use it. Furthermore, essential oil experts consider it as a nervous system restorative due to its positive effect on sleep, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, and tension.
Rose Essential Oil
A study conducted in Iran found out that pregnant women who are given rose oil massages and aromatherapy are significantly more relaxed than those who receive warm water massage. Another study has also shown that rose oil can decrease the heart rate and breathing rate of people with anxiety. (1)
Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver has been traditional medicine in Asia and Africa for hundreds of years. It produces a cooling effect perfect for hot and tropical environments. It is also said to have the ability to boost energy and reduce anxiety by soothing the muscles of the patient.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Commonly grows in South East Asia, the ylang-ylang plant has been known to have antidepressant and sedating properties. Its sweet and soft fragrances can relax a person who is experiencing the symptoms of anxiety. Furthermore, a study in Korea was also able to prove that the ylang-ylang oil can reduce cortisol levels and lower blood pressure in those who use it. (2)
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot is a fragrant citrus plant that yellowish or green color that is similar to lime. It is often added to the famous Earl Grey Tea due to its floral taste and aroma. An animal study on its essential oils has proven that it can reduce anxiety efficiently most especially if it is mixed with other essential oils such as lavender. (3)
Chamomile Essential Oil
The Chamomile tea has earned its popularity thanks to its intense calming effect. Chamomile essential oil, on the other hand, is also able to produce the same result but on a higher level. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have also found that chamomile essential oil has both antidepressant and anxiolytic properties. (4)
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is often used to help deepen meditation due to its powerful calming effect. The Keimyung University of Korea conducted a study regarding Frankincense on its ability to reduce depression and anxiety. The result of the research was able to confirm this hypothesis. At the same time, they recommended that people used Frankincense together with other essential oils for best effects.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
This essential oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties perfect for aching muscles and joints. Its components can also provide an energy boost for those who apply it to their body effectively lowering a person’s stress levels.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is popular worldwide due to its strong minty smell and flavor. It can rejuvenate the body by releasing a cooling effect.
Orange Essential Oil
Lastly, oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant molecule. A study by the researchers of Mei University in Japan was able to show the calming properties of orange essential oils. Patients suffering from anxiety and depression who took orange essential oils also had a lower dependency on their drug for them to function better.
Essential oils have been traditional medicine for many ailments around the world. If you think that using them would be the weapon to combat your anxiety, feel free to do so; but make sure to consult a doctor to prevent any unwanted side effects.