Stress and anxiety have become more common in recent times because of our fast-paced lives. Stress has caused a rise in stress-related health issues for many, including both physical and mental illness.
Aromatherapy is an age-old technique used to promote calmness and relaxation. It is simple but can be very effective. Inhaled or applying topically, essential oils can help with symptoms of stress, depression and insomnia.
Essentials work well as they stimulate the areas of the brain that are responsible for emotion.
Here are some of the most effective essential oils to help with anxiety and stress:
Lavender has so many uses. It is a must-have if you have anxiety. Studies show it can calm the nervous system by lowering blood pressure and your heart rate. If used with a carrier oil like coconut, it can be used as a massage oil or you can apply a small few drops to your wrist and temple.
Rose essential oil is known for soothing emotions and balancing hormones. It can also help with headaches. Rose is renowned for strengthening the heart at times of high stress, grief or depression. It can be applied topically or a few drops in a bath.
Chamomile is another essential oil great for use with a carrier oil as a massage oil. Mix it with coconut oil to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Ylang Ylang essential oil promotes feelings of comfort and relaxation. Inhaling this essential oil can help reduce stress and act as a natural anxiety remedy.
Clary Sage essential oil is another effective oil in calming stress and anxiety. This oil actually acts as an antidepressant by promoting feelings of inner peace. It can also be used as a great hormone balancer around the time of PMS. It can be used on pulse points or a few drops directly into the bath.