Essential oils are used for many purposes in health, the home, and even in cleaning. Did you know that some people use them for anxiety?
Dealing with anxiety is something that many mom’s are dealing with around the world. If you have been around for any length of time you know that I often battle this beast myself. I have even created scripture cards and a scripture study to help me work through the tough days of anxiety and depression.
I wanted to do something that would also help ground me while dealing with anxiety. Since I have been using essential oils for years and thought I would share what I use for anxiety with you.
6 Essential Oils for Anxiety
Here are six essentials oils commonly used to ease the symptoms of anxiety in many people. It can help prevent anxiety from occurring, or help with anxiety that you already have.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is often used for anxiety, due to the fact that it’s referred to as having a calming effect. Lavender oil is great for restoring the nervous system and help with peacefulness, restlessness, sleep, panic attacks, irritability, and tension. Add lavender oil to a carrier oil for a relaxing massage.
This essential oil comes from the lavender plant, which has sprigs of small purple flowers.
Frankincense Essential Oil
This essential oil is said to create a calming effect by grounding the spirit. Frankincense is often used in meditation to relax the mind and quiet the soul. These effects often aid in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Add a few drops of Frankincense to your diffuser and inhale the calming benefits. It is also great in moisturizers and massage oils.
The frankincense tree grows in many parts of the world. When in bloom, it contains small, white flowers, along the abundant branches of leaves.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oils have been used by many to treat anxiety symptoms, such as overly worrying, overthinking, and being easily irritated. The peaceful scent is said to incite calmness and create inner harmony and balance. Use along with lavender and a carrier oil and enjoy a great soothing massage.
This plant is often used to make oils, as well as calming teas.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot is another essential oil used when a calming effect is needed. You can use bergamot to help increase energy, while calming the mind, body, and soul. Did you know that bergamot has often been shown to help reduce insomnia, as well as decrease agitation and worry? That makes it the perfect oil to diffuse at bedtime. I like to rub it on the bottoms of my feet as well.
This plant is in the mint family and has tall bushy flowers. In addition to creating oils, the plant’s leaves are often used in various teas.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This unique essential oil is said to aid in creating a cheerful attitude, which is ideal when battling anxiety and depression. Ylang Ylang is also said to give courage, as well as helping to create a positive outlook and soothe fears.
The ylang ylang plant originated in Malaysia, Indonesia, and The Philippines. Ylang Ylang also grows in other tropical areas.
Vetiver Essential Oil
The essential oil, vetiver, has long been used in traumatic situations, due to the calming effect touted by many. Vetiver is said to be peaceful, grounding, and reassuring so it is great to use at bedtime. Many have used this oil for calmness, stability, and self-awareness.
The vetiver plant is actually a type of grass known to grow in tropical areas of the Asian continent.
Have you tried any of these essential oils to help with your anxiety? Which do you prefer?