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How Aromatherapy Oils Can Help With Anxiety

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There's no denying that we live in a stressful, anxious world. Stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, but there's a fine line between these two terms.

Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as a work deadline or long-term, such as being unable to work, or chronic illness.

Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that do not go away even in the absence of a stressor. Anxiety, which makes us apprehensive, nervous, or fearful, may not always be enjoyable, but it is a normal and potentially helpful emotion. Mild anxiety can make you more alert and focused on facing challenging or threatening circumstances.

Recent global events - the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the financial crisis have all caused a surge in anxiety amongst populations. This is on top of more personal issues, perhaps related to money, health, work, relationships - the list goes on.

For most people anxiety will come and go with life events, but for some people, anxiety is a continuous battle against thoughts that appear to be far worse than they are in reality.

Anxiety is a common health issue that everybody, at some point in their life will struggle with. Whether it's nerves before an interview, or meeting up with friends in a public place, anxiety comes in loads of different forms and each one has its own specific symptoms.

Anxious woman starring out of a window

The five major types of anxiety disorders?

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

These can be both mental and/or physical:-

  • Anxious thoughts that are difficult to control
  • Anger
  • Digestive troubles
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Unexplained aches and pains

How can anxiety be treated?

So, what is the remedy for treating anxiety and its various symptoms? In an ideal world, this would be to win the lottery, get a guarantee that you or any members of your family will never get ill again or hear on the news that all wars have stopped! Realistically, this is not going to happen. Somehow, we just have to continue coping as best we can.

How can essential oils and aromatherapy help?

Fortunately, nature's little helpers, essential oils, can do a lot to help.

So, let us look at the benefits of aromatherapy oils and how their natural essence can help ease stress and worry. Let us remember that they will not eliminate your anxiety completely but help soothe symptoms and encourage you to let go and relax. Which is what we are all after to be honest. 

The practice of aromatherapy involves inhaling the scent of essential oils, which are extracted from plants, in order to promote health and well-being. Your olfactory system directly affects the part of your brain that regulates emotion. That’s why smells can trigger memories and elicit feelings - both negative and positive. Aromatherapy can help in reducing anxiety to engage a general state of calm. 

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Choosing the right aromatherapy oils

Your choice of aromatherapy oils will depend on your desired effects. The following list are common oils that are used and how they may help you. Nervine refers to oils that are said to strengthen the nervous systems, while sedative refers to oils that may help calm the nervous system.

  • Basil: nervine, for nervous tension, panic, depression
  • Bergamot: sedative, for nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, depression
  • Cedarwood: sedative, for anxiety
  • Chamomile: sedative, nervine, for nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, depression
  • Clary sage: sedative, nervine, for nervous tension, panic, depression
  • Geranium: nervine, for anxiety, depression
  • Grapefruit: for depression
  • Frankincense: sedative, for anxiety
  • Lavender: sedative, nervine, for panic, insomnia, depression
  • Mandarin: sedative, for anxiety, depression
  • Marjoram: sedative, nervine, for anxiety, insomnia
  • Neroli: sedative, for anxiety, panic, insomnia, self-esteem, depression
  • Orange: sedative, for nervous tension, insomnia, depression
  • Patchouli: for depression
  • Peppermint: nervine, for panic, depression
  • Petitgrain: sedative, for panic, insomnia, depression
  • Rose: sedative, for nervous tension, self-esteem, depression
  • Rosemary: for depression
  • Rosewood: for depression
  • Sandalwood: sedative, for nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, depression
  • Vetiver: sedative, nervine, for nervous tension, insomnia
  • Ylang Ylang: sedative, for anxiety, panic, depression

This list might seem a little bewildering. You might be thinking "where do I start?" Well, you're in the right place for a good starting point! All of my products are formulated using 100% pure essential oils; carefully selected to treat the mind and body. You will find all the above essential oils contained in various blends within my wide range of products.

Handmade vegan skincare formulated with essential oils

Products formulated using 100% pure essential oils

As you lie back in your Sensual Bath Soak, the essential oils of geranium, patchouli and ylang ylang are not only imparting a delectable fragrance to your skin, but also helping to ease anxiety and depression.

Obviously, my Stress Less and Sleep Well Body Oils do exactly what they say on the label. When massaged into your skin, not only do their carefully chosen essential oils ease you into a relaxed state, but the nourishing grapeseed and sweet almond oils also act as a superb vegan body moisturiser.

Whatever time of the day or night you apply my frankincense, lavender and geranium Blissful Body Cream, this delectable vegan body moisturiser will not only leave your skin silky soft, but it will also help to transport you into calm and serene place.

Every time you smooth my exquisitely scented, best-selling Replenishing Facial Moisturiser into your crying-out-for-love complexion, the essential oils of rose and neroli not only helping to combat dryness but will also ease tension and anxiety and smooth those worry-causing wrinkles.

Over the years there have been a number of medications and therapies introduced to suppress feelings of anxiety. Depending on the severity of the problem, you could be prescribed anything from counselling and talking treatments to antidepressants and tranquillisers. If you have been prescribed this treatment and are happy to continue, then that's fine. If, however, you would like to try a natural, side effects free solution, then using aromatherapy for anxiety would be a very wise choice.

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Olivia, Oleo Bodycare Founder
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