Using Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Treat Anxiety

Anxiety affects us from time to time. However, acute anxiety can result in panic attacks, causing one to suffer shortness of breath, dizziness, hot flashes and/ or chills, nausea, and an inability to think clearly.

Here are the recommended aromatherapy procedures to treat anxiety. Add 10 drops of any or all of the essential oils to th bath and soak for fifteen minutes, or add a few drops to a carrier oil and use in full body massage. However, remember the anxiety can become a serious condition. Consult your physician if ongoing anxiety becomes a concern.

Bergamot

This is a small and roughly pear-shaped citrus fruit indigenous to and grown mainly in Calabria, Italy. It grows on small evergreen trees known as bergamots, which are produced from a cross of the pear lemon and the Seville orange or grapefruit. The bergamot peel is used to create its essential oil.

It has a top note aroma (meaning this is strongly scented but could only last for 3 to 24 hours) with sweet and spicy scents. Its effects are refreshing and uplifting, and combines well with Chamomile, Geranium, and Lavender.

However, bergamot is a photosensitizer, increasing your skin’s reaction to sunlight making it more likely to burn. It also has antispasmodic properties and therefore should be avoided during pregnancy.

Cedarwood

Cedars are trees closely related to Firs, sharing a very similar cone structure. They are native to the mountains of western Himalaya and the Mediterranean region, occurring at altitudes between 1,500 to 3,200. Its woods can be extracted to produce its essential oil, cedarwood. It has a base note aroma (possessing a sweet and soothing scent that lasts for up to one week) with woody scents.

Its effects are soothing and strengthening, and combines well with bergamot, rosemary, and sandalwood. However, cedarwood may cause skin irritation to sensitive skin. It is also not advisable to use during pregnancy.

Lavender

Lavenders are flowering plants, native from the Mediterranean region to tropical Africa and to the southeast regions of India. Its flowers are used to produce its essential oils. It has a middle note aroma-lasting about 2 to 3 days-with floral, sweet, woody, and herbal scents.

Its effects are calming and therapeutic, and combines well with Clary sage, frankincense, and geranium. However, lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Also, use lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.