Essential Oils and Their Benefits For Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attacks
Essential oils have been around for centuries and have many medicinal uses. They also have uplifting qualities to help us reduce stress, relax and unwind. They can be used to invigorate us and give us back our energy thereby improving our mood as well as helping us to get a restful nights sleep.
Aromatherapy is the art of healing with essential oils. Aromatherapy also involves incense, pot pourri, steam inhalers and scented candles. Oils can also be added to all skin and hair care products.
Essential oils can be used in many ways. Oils burners and vaporizers would probably be the most popular option for inhaling essential oils. When burning essential oils in an oil burner, dilute the oil with water and never leave unattended. I only recommend burning pure essential oils as fragrant oils are always diluted and depending on what they have been diluted with, can be toxic. You can also buy soya melts and essential oil fragrant candles that will have the same effects.
Using a diffuser with essential oils can be a great way to reap the benefits of essential oils without the worry of lighting candles and they can be left unattended to fragrance your environment all the time.
Incense can also be a great way to inhale the healing aromas but again do not leave burning incense unattended either.
You can also use essential oils in a relaxing bath or use a few drops directly on your skin on the pulse points of your body. They can also be added to a carrier oil and used to massage into the skin. Popular carrier oils are Grape Seed, Jojoba, Aloe Vera, Calendula, Rosehip and Avocado oils.
Here is a list of the most popular essential oils and ways in which you can use them.
Relaxation, Calming and Stress Relief
Relaxation is one of the best treatments for depression. If you need to reduce your stress, unwind, relax or calm down then the following essential oils will benefit you.
Aniseed is great in a carrier oil for massage to soothe and relax the muscles. This oil can be irritating to sensitive skin.
Cajeput can be inhaled, used in the bath or with a carrier oil for massage. This oil can be irritating for sensitive skin also.
Chamomile is great for your oil burners and vaporizers. Can also be used in the bath and for massages. Avoid during pregnancy.
Clary Sage can be inhaled, used in the bath or added to creams to rub into the skin. Avoid this oil if you are pregnant or are under the influence of alcohol. This oil can also have a euphoric effect.
Frankincense can be extremely calming when inhaled or used in the bath. Avoid during pregnancy.
Lavender is the most popular oil for burners and vaporizers as well as in the bath. A popular oil for massage and creams too.
Lemongrass can be inhaled, used in the bath or creams. Lemongrass may irritate sensitive skin.
Orange oil stimulates the sense to create a very calming effect. It can be inhaled, used in the bath, massage or creams. Avoid applying to skin before exposure to the sun.
Patchouli is a popular oil for burners and vaporizers. Can be used with a carrier oil in massage or added to creams.
Sandalwood is also a great oil for inhaling. Can be used in creams and a relaxing bath.
Vertivert is good for burners and vaporizers, baths and adding to creams.
Ylang Ylang is calming when inhaled, used in massage, baths and creams.
Uplifting and Energizing
If you need to elevate your mood or increase your energy and motivation then the following oils will greatly assist.
Basil is great in oil burners or vaporizers. Use it with a carrier oil for massage or add it to a bath. Avoid during pregnancy.
Bergamot is popular for burners and great in the bath. Avoid putting on the skin before sun exposure.
Citronella has a very sharp scent and is very refreshing and uplifting when inhaled. Can also be added to creams.
Eucalyptus also has a sharp scent but is a great fragrance to inhale for uplifting your mood and helping you to feel invigorated. Avoid during pregnancy.
Grapefruit can be used in burners and vaporizers to be inhaled. Can also be added to a bath.
Jasmine is a beautiful floral scent that is energizing and uplifting when inhaled or added to a bath. Avoid during pregnancy and when breast-feeding.
Lemon can be used for inhaling and with a carrier oil for massage. Can also be added to cream and skin care but avoid applying before sun exposure.
Neroli is a very rich scent and can also be euphoric when inhaled. Can be used in massage when added to a carrier oil and can be added to your bath.
Peppermint is a very refreshing oil and great for oil burners and vaporizers. Can be added to creams and used in the bath. Avoid during pregnancy.
Petigrain can be used for inhalation. It can also be added to your skin and hair care products.
Rose is a subtle oil that is uplifting and can be used in burners and vaporizers. Can also be added to a bath and your creams. Avoid during pregnancy.
Rose Otto is great for inhalation, bath and creams.
Studies have shown that Lavender is one of the best aromas to calm anxiety and panic attacks. It is often referred to as the emotional anti inflammatory.
With some types of anxiety and depression sleep can be quite difficult. Here are some oils that can encourage a good nights sleep. Put a few drops in a nice warm bath or use in an oil burner just before bed. These oils can also be used on pulse points or a few drops on your pillow. If however you find that your symptoms consist of too much sleep then use the oils listed above to increase your energy levels.
Basil Chamomile Clary Sage Lavender Marjoram Neroli Petigrain Sandalwood Thyme
The quickest way to get the benefits from essential oils is to put a drop on each of the pulse points on your body. The oils quickly penetrate the skin for immediate relief. This can be great if you have a tension or stress headache. Want to get to sleep quicker. Feel like you need to relax your muscles or frayed nerves.
It can also be beneficial to put oils on your pulse points if you know you are about to go into an unavoidable stressful situation or to help alleviate a panic attack.
Your pulse points can be found on the inside of both wrists, behind the lobe on both ears, both temples on the side of your head and under your nose if wanting to induce sleep.
Headaches and Migraines
Essential oils can be used to help reduce the severity and alleviate the effects of headaches and migraines. Oils can be used on pulse points for quick relief or added to a relaxing bath which will also help. Having oils burning to bring the aroma into your surroundings can also be beneficial. Or just inhale straight from the bottle.
Here are the best essential oils for tension headaches and migraines.
Aniseed Eucalyptus Lavender Peppermint Rosemary
Aromatherapy for Specific Purpose
Essential oils can be used to directly affect our moods whatever they may be. We can use them to specifically elevate our energy, lift our spirits, boost self-esteem, wake up our mind, jog our memory and much more. On the other end of the scale the oils can put us in a relaxed state, calm our nerves, put us to sleep and release our pain, and the list goes on. As our sense of smell is very intuitive, oils can be used to alleviate symptoms of many conditions very quickly.
All of the following are recommended for inhaling, pulse point remedies or to put in a warm relaxing bath. To create your blend you will need a small bottle and a carrier oil of your choice. Add the suggested oils to about 40 ml of carrier oil and blend together into the bottle. The bottle can then be used in your immediate environment whenever you need a quick burst. Just shake first. Don’t forget to take it with you if you need to go out.
Essential Oil Blends
Coping with mood swings – 3 drops clary sage, 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop jasmine, 2 drops sandalwood.
Fighting off depression – 2 drops basil, 4 drops neroli, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops melissa.
Coping with loss – 2 drops juniper, 1 drop rose, 2 drops frankincense, 5 drops sandalwood.
Letting go of guilt – 2 drops bergamot, 1 drop marjoram, 2 drops melissa, 2 drops benzion, 3 drops frankincense.
Coping with anger or fear – 1 drop juniper, 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops frankincense.
Create a positive mood – 3 drops basil, 3 drops marjoram, 4 drops ginger.
Building self-esteem – 2 drops peppermint, 3 drops rosemary, 5 drops sandalwood.
Overcoming mental fatigue – 2 drops basil, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops rosemary, 4 drops cypress.
Increase mental clarity – 2 drops pine, 5 drops rosemary, 3 drops cypress.
Decrease emotional stress – 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops neroli, 3 drops chamomile, 3 drops pine.
Reduce mental stress – 4 drops lavender, 3 drops marjoram, 3 drops ylang ylang, 3 drops lemon.
Alleviate physical stress – 3 drops peppermint, 3 drops rose, 3 drops jasmine.
Dealing with trauma or shock – 4 drops clary sage, 2 drops rose, 2 drops jasmine.
Overcoming anxiety – 2 drops bergamot, 5 drops chamomile, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops neroli.
Calming mind and body – 3 drops clary sage, 3 drops geranium, 2 drops bergamot, 1 drop cypress, 3 marjoram.
Soothing the nerves – 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops bergamot, 3 drops chamomile, 3 drops lavender.
Calming the emotions – 3 drops melissa, 2 drops juniper, 2 drops cedarwood, 2 drops patchouli.
Stimulating the sense – 3 drops lemon, 4 drops sandalwood, 2 drops nutmeg.
To bring a sense of happiness – 6 drops lemongrass, 4 drops rose, 3 drops cinnamon.
For Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are debilitating and can be brought on at any time. They can literally paralyze you leaving you unable to cope with the situation. Learning what your triggers are and being prepared can help minimize the effects and begin to alleviate them.
If you meditate regularly you should choose your favorite oil and always burn it during your meditation. If you do this you can then carry your oil with you and as soon as you feel an attack is imminent you need to quickly inhale the oil until it takes you to that calm state when you meditate. Aromatherapy can trigger strong connections and memories to times and events. This works great with practice.
Lack of sleep can also contribute to panic attacks as it is while we sleep that we put to rest the days events and our mind and body does its healing. If you are not getting enough sleep your mind struggles to deal with events when they occur.
Here are some beautiful blends to help you take control and recover.
Before a panic attack might happen – 3 drops bergamot, 3 drops clary sage, 2 drops pine, 2 drops neroli, 2 drops melissa.
During or after a panic attack – 1 drop juniper, 4 drops lavender, 3 drops chamomile, 2 drops sandalwood, 1 drop neroli.
To ease palpitations – 2 drops clary sage, 2 drop neroli, 1 drop ylang ylang, 5 drops lavender, 3 drops chamomile, 1 drop rose.
To help you sleep – 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops chamomile, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops frankincense. You can use this on your pillow or on your pulse points as well.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and it is important to always check the safety information for each oil. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. Essential oil are for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.
Happiness Stuff has endeavored to bring you up to date and accurate information but we take no liability and make no claims as to any medicinal value of oils or blends listed on this page. Information provided here is for educational purposes of the essential oils and their uses only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. People with serious illnesses should consult a qualified health care professional.
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