AAA: Can Essential Oils Be Used For Anger Management?
You’re driving to work and somebody cuts you off. Do you A.) Grunt and quickly forget about it or B.) Angrily move into the next lane, speed around them and cut them off to see how they like it? If you chose option B, there’s a one-hundred-percent chance you’re alive. But in all seriousness, there are many people who cannot forget or forgive an incident such as this one. Anger is healthy and normal, but there comes a point when it escalates to an unhealthy level. In which case, anger management is a great option. Why is an aromatherapist telling you this, you might ask? Turns out essential oils are a great tool to help put a lid on anger and hostility.
One common symptom of dementia is aggression. Based on a 2005 study, researchers found that hand massages with Lavender essential oil alleviated dementia patients’ aggression. A similar study from 2018 found that aromatherapy intervention decreased aggression in dementia patients as well. Furthermore, Lavender reduced anxiety and aggression in a study on mice. When blended with Bergamot and Petitgrain, Lavender can also diminish reduce and hostility in pregnant women.
While the above studies primarily focused on the use of linalool-rich essential oils, it begs the question: could other essential oils share similar benefits? It’s widely acknowledged that a vast range of essential oils has the ability to positively influence mood, and anecdotal evidence suggests that oils such as Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and citruses (such as Sweet Orange) can also help to diminish anger. Before you find yourself boiling, try creating a personal pocket inhaler with some of the aforementioned oils, or create the following blend:
4 drops Bergamot
4 drops Coriander Seed
4 drop Clary Sage
2 drop Neroli
Essential oils may be an easy and enjoyable way to help cope with anger, but they’re not always the answer to completely snuffing outbursts. Anger management often starts with a deeper understanding of why you get angry, a recognition of your triggers and giving those triggers a positive outlet. For this reason, along with using essential oils, anger management counseling is recommended.