Note: This information is not a replacement for a trip to your doctor. Though essential oils are powerful for anxiety and stress, consult your medical practitioner before adding them into your own practice.
Stress and its friend anxiety are inevitable today.
As we rush from one event to the next—that meeting, the kid’s birthday party, the gym, trying to get our dream job—it seems as if we are stuck in a perpetual cycle of stress and anxiety.
Our phones are always on; our computers sit in idle, never off; our brains never stop flitting from one thing to the next—stress and anxiety never rest.
It is a little terrifying how busyness and productivity are now badges of honor, and the number of cups of coffee we drink is a token to our name.
What is more important, now more than ever, is that we have strategies to ease anxiety, escape the continuous shuffle, and rest our minds.
Though there are many ways to ease anxiety and stress, a natural solution for anxiety is essential oils. The aromatherapeutic effects of essential oils can calm the mind and bring ease. Essential oils used for “aromatherapy is a natural and noninvasive gift” where “the whole body is rejuvenated by the use of aroma.”
But how can essential oils rejuvenate the body?
Essential oils and aromatherapy have been used for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that it became scientifically verified that essential oils support healthy cellular regulation, balance biochemistry, and promote physical and emotional detoxification. Since those results, essential oils have been a more mainstream approach to holistic health.
Our nose is the quickest route to our brains, and aromas have been scientifically shown to elicit emotions and certain memories. This is the reason that the wafting smell of banana bread in the oven reminds you of your grandmother’s house or the smell of fresh sage brings back ease filled memories associated with being at home with your family.
Each oil has a specific chemical constituent that can cause a certain emotional response. By analyzing each of the essential oil constituents, we can use each oil or pair them together to create a positive emotional response in our bodies.This is why essential oils can calm and rejuvenate our bodies.
Over the years, it has been shown that floral scents have a calming emotional response while trees, herbs, and grasses produce a sense of grounding.
What are the Best Essential Oils for Anxiety?
The chemical constituents of the following essential oils are the best for fighting anxiety:
Lavender - Calming and soothing properties
Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feelings and promotes peaceful sleep*
Helps ease feelings of tension.*
Main Constituents: Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Ocimene derived from the flower of the plant*
Cedarwood - Soothing and relaxing properties
Naturally repels insects*
Helps to keep skin looking healthy*
Main Constituents: α-cedrene, cedrol, thujopsene*
Vetiver - Calming and exotic properties
Calming, grounding effect on emotions*
Main Constituents: Isovalencenol, Khusimol
Frankincense - Peace and overall wellness
Ingest to support healthy cellular function*
Aroma promotes feelings of relaxation
Helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections when applied topically
Supports healthy immune, nervous, and digestive function when taken internally*
Main Constituents: α-pinene, limonene, α-thujene
The Best Oil doTERRA Blends for Fighting Anxiety:
Balance - Tranquility and Harmony
Promotes a whole-body sense of relaxation
May help ease anxious feelings
Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance
Ingredients: Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Serenity- Calming and restful
Promotes relaxation and a restful sleeping environment*
Lessens feelings of tension and calms emotions*
Calms the mind and soothes the senses*
When accompanied with doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex Softgels, provides a natural solution for a restful night’s sleep*
Ingredients: Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood
Forgive- Contentment, relief, patience
Promotes feelings of contentment, relief, and patience
Counteracts negative emotions of anger and guilt
Ingredients: Spruce Leaf, Bergamot Peel, Juniper Berry Fruit, Myrrh Resin, Arborvitae Wood, Nootka Tree Wood, Thyme Leaf, Citronella Herb
Peace- Contentment, composure, and reassurance
Promotes feelings of peace, reassurance, and contentment
Counteracts anxious and fearful emotions
Ingredients: Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Spearmint Herb
How to get Started?
As essential oils have become more mainstream over the past years, we have to be more careful when buying them. The essential oil industry doesn’t have a regulating body to monitor what goes into each oil. So, more often than not you get oils that contain synthetics and fillers. That is why you can find oils at the store for as cheap as $6.99. Typically, a lower price comes with many concerns.
doTERRA essential oils have been third party tested, and when you receive your oils, you can look up the testing results specific to your batch online. No other essential oil manufacturer can say this. Though many manufacturers tout third party tests, the tests can very rarely be found. Add ease into your life. Get the best essential oils for your stress and anxiety. Don’t settle for anything less.
Check out doTERRA to get started.
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