Posted on October 18 2018
Have You Tried Essential Oils for Anxiety?
Are you happy? Do you ever feel anxious, worried for reasons you sometimes don't event know why?
These days it doesn't take long to meet someone who says they are stressed, worried, depressed or anxious. Life and the world has become so fast paced, busy and the pressure on people from children to adults to be the best, achieve, be successful is greater than ever. Add to this that it's all shared on social media and online, and it's no wonder so many people are looking for support in this area. Left unaddressed these feelings can have a crippling effect on individuals and their quality of life. It can result in loss of sleep, loss of work, inability to exercise, socialise and more. Responses in the body can range from muscle tension, sweating, elevated heart rate etc. A common option for many is to visit their Doctor and in doing so they may be prescribed some pills which little may be known about the long term effects and side effects. I personally know people who have been on anti-anxiety medication for over 10 years! Now, I'm no expert and no doctor, but personally I can tell you, I wouldn't feel comfortable being on medication like this long term. Especially if there are other options available. Please know I'm not anti doctor/medication. BUT I do feel that these days we have become over reliant on a quick fix. There is most definitely a time and a place for Doctors and traditional medicine and if you're ever concerned or in doubt you should always consult a trained medical professional of your choice. However, I'm gonna be real here - I think these days so many people are also looking for a quick fix. Put on weight? There's liposuction. Can't sleep? Take a pill. Basically we have become too lazy to consider options right under our noses! So, yes I'm going to share some great tips here on how you can support your body to feel calm and relaxed with essential oils. But I'd also love to start by sharing my holistic approach to health and well-being which I personally find also contributes to my happiness and overall well-being.
5 tips for holistic support
Exercise - It may seem like common sense but are you getting enough? Try to get some form of exercise every day, starting in the morning can be an excellent way to promote those positive natural 'happy vibes.' Personally I try to run 20 minutes each day first thing in the morning and catch a couple of group fitness classes at the gym each week.
Drink Water + Eat well + Sleep well - By nourishing your body you are setting yourself up to feeling good. If you feel good you're more likely to feel less anxious and more energized to go about your day. Make sure you eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily and get a good amount of sleep for you. I aim for 8 hours each night and 2 litres of water daily.
Try to work out what makes yourself happy - and do that, every single day if you can! For me being around my family and friends makes me happy and spending time with my children. So I make sure every day, week and month that I'm spending lots of time with the people I love, doing what I love.
Get outdoors - In Japan they have a name for this - Shinrin-yoku - Forest Therapy is the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you've spent time outdoors? Try to get some fresh air every single day.
- Find limitations for social media and being online - Have you found your sense of happiness decrease and anxiety increase the more time you spend indoor and online/on computers and social media? I sure have! This is one of the reasons we created a website and put a lot of content on here for you to view at your leisure. We don't want you scrolling to find things of interest on social media and we know your time is precious. In the evenings I put my phone on charge in the study and this has made a huge difference to my overall well-being not going to sleep and waking up with my phone next to my bed.
So, I hope now with these tips you're on your way to naturally supporting yourself to feel calm and at peace naturally. Best of all, all the above listed tips are absolutely free!! (I'm assuming you need to eat anyway so may as well choose healthy!)
Next I'd love to share my favourite essential oils to use for an overall sense of calm and peace to support you if you're feeling anxious.
My favourite essential oils to feel calm and at peace
This blend is perfect for promoting a whole body sense of relaxation. It provides a sense of calmness and evokes feelings of tranquility and balance. This blend is a favourite amongst our clients and many of them say they wouldn't be without balance in their lives. I inhale this blend from the bottle, use topically on pulse points in times of need, add to a bath, and use for hand, back, neck or foot massage.
When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall spiritual and emotional wellness. According to a 2008 study, an aromatherapy hand massage using a blend of frankincense, lavender, and bergamot improved anxiety, depression, and pain in people with terminal cancer. We have a saying 'When in doubt, get the frankie out!' I love to add frankincense to diffuser blends, dilute and rub on the back of my neck and pulse points to feel calm and relaxed.
Vetiver is a member of the grass family and it's root systems go deep into the earth. This translates into Vetiver’s deep calming and grounding effects on the emotions. It is the perfect oil to use in massage therapy. It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a sense of relaxation. When my daughter is feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated I love to dilute this in carrier oil and rub on her feet or in long strokes down her back. I find after this she relaxes and calms herself ready for sleep. You can also add vetiver to rollerball blends or diffuser recipes to add some deep grounding and earthing to the blend. It is sometimes 'nicknamed' liquid sleep although I personally use this during the day for emotional support and it doesn't send me to sleep.
Embrace your inner child and find some fun in the calm. Inhale or diffuse ylang ylang to feel calm and happy at the same time and help you go back to that feeling of innocence and no worry from when you were a child and life was so much simpler. Inhale from the bottle, diffuse or add to a foot bath.
This perfectly balanced, tranquil blend can be felt immediately, transporting the user to a state of bliss. dōTERRA Lavender Peace combines essential oils renowned for their ability to soothe the senses and calm emotions. This blend is the perfect blend to use aromatically before a peaceful nights sleep. As a family we use this in our kids diffusers every evening and often do body or foot massage with them with this blend diluted in fractionated coconut oil.
Sometimes after we're calm we need a pick me up. Citrus bliss is the perfect oil blend to lift your mood. Citrus oils are well renouned to be mood enhancers.
doTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend of floral and mint essential oils is a positive reminder you don’t have to be perfect to find peace. It helps you to slow down by taking a deep breath from the bottle or roller ball, and reconnect with the composed, collected you. My son reaches for peace a lot as he had an anxious birth and is quite an anxious child and he finds this a beautiful natural support.
Some ways I love using essential oils to support anxious feelings
- Add essential oils to the bath or do an aroma foot spa. I love to use Balance, Lavender, Lavender peace and/or Ylang ylang
- Diffusing essential oils is a beautiful way to experience the emotional benefits. Have you ever smelt something and it brings back a beautiful memory or makes you smile? Imagine all the fun you can have creating your own aromas in the home with essential oils!
- Topical use - Diluting in a carrier oil and rubbing essential oils as per oil labels to the skin such as the back of the neck pulse points and feet as well as body massage such as hand, back or feet is a beautiful way to support whole body peace and relaxation. My favourite oils for this are frankincense, lavender, balance and peace.
The best oil kits to purchase for emotional support
The Mood Management Kit - contains 15ml bottles of Lavender Peace, Balance, Citrus Bliss and Elevation. This is the perfect starting point for supporting the ups and downs of life. A great add on to this is the petal diffuser or the lumo diffuser and some fractionated coconut oil.
The Emotional Aromatherapy Kit - contains 5ml bottles of Peace, Cheer, Console, Forgive, Cheer and Motivate and a petal diffuser. This is the perfect kit to support a wide range or emotions simply diffusing in your home or work space.
- The Emotional Aromatherpy Touch Kit - contains 10ml rollerball bottles of Peace, Cheer, Console, Forgive, Cheer and Motivate.This is the perfect kit for on the go topical use and support. I personally use these throughout the day on my pulse points to support my emotions. They smell so great you can also use them as 'pure fumes.'
To read published studies supporting the information in this article you can head to Pub med and browse the many many studies on there. I've found one in particular where the purpose was to identify the effects of aromatherapy on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension. You can find the report and conclusions. Click here
Here is the 2008 study mentioned in the article regarding Frankincense. Click here