In many cases, anxiety is synonymous with stress or worry, and can be defined as “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.” This form of anxiety is often a symptom of an event or stressor for a limited amount of time. Aromatherapy is a valuable resource for reducing stress and anxiety, with numerous studies cropping up touting the benefits of essential oils for this purpose.
According to the Mayo Clinic, aromatherapy works by stimulating the smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the part of the brain that controls emotions. Additionally, a growing body of research is proving the effectiveness of aromatherapy. In a 2011 study published in the US National Library of Medicine, researchers concluded that aromatherapy through inhalation was effective in reducing stress levels of patients about to go into surgery. A 2017 study out of The Republic in Korea found that aromatherapy helped decrease the perceived stress and objective stress of ICU patients. It also helped improve their sleep quality.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a clinical state of chronic anxiety affecting 6.8 million American adults, and may need to be treated differently. If you’re struggling, please seek out help from a medical professional andaccredited resources before trying anything else. Essential oils cannot cure anxiety, but can complement treatment.
By diffusing or inhaling certain essential oils, you can find relief from a racing mind and a whirlwind of negative thoughts. We’ve compiled a list of essential oil diffuser blends for just this purpose, using essential oils known for their stress-relieving properties.
FOR THEULTRASONIC DIFFUSER:
4 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood
Extracted from the rind of a bitter orange tree, Bergamot restores emotional balance and wellbeing. Sandalwood’s musky aroma helps soothe the nervous system and promote grounding. Grapefruit is helpful for uplifting emotions and promoting a positive outlook.
FOR THEPERSONAL POCKET INHALER:
8 dropsGreek Lavender
4 dropsHawaiian Sandalwood
4 drops Sweet Marjoram
Frankincense has a deep, rich, grounding aroma that can quiet the mind, support focus, and encourage tranquility. Lavender’s reputation for reducing stress is well deserved, as it was shown to reduce preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients ina study out of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research in New York City. Sweet Marjoram’s name means “joy of the mountains”, and it is renowned for its calming and uplifting properties.
FOR THECERAMIC BLOOM DIFFUSER:
2 dropsSweet Orange
1 drop Ylang Ylang
With a unique woody aroma, Cedarwood-atlas relaxes with its sedative and calming attributes. Sweet Orange stirs up both calming and joyful sensations because of its antidepressant and stimulating properties. Often used to give a boost to dreary emotions, Ylang Ylang can inspire creativity, improve self-worth and promote a real sense of peace, joy and inner trust.
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