Anxiety is a tough battle to face day in and day out. My anxiety is usually worsened during times of a massive die-off of bacteria, hormone changes, outside stressors and sometimes it just pops up out of nowhere. I never wanted to take prescription medication for it so I’ve had to learn to deal with it in other ways, one of which is essential oils.
Here are my top oils for anxiety:
Bergamot– it’s a calming oil and is often used to treat depression, helps insomnia and induces relaxation.
Lavender– considered the most common essential oil, lavender has a calming and relaxing effect. It’s a nervous system restorative and helps with sleep, irritability, panic attacks and nervous tension.
Ylang ylang– it’s a hug in a bottle. It treats anxiety due to it’s calming and uplifting effects. It is a moderately strong sedative which helps insomnia as well.
Geranium– this is a great nerve tonic. It’s a mild sedative and combines well with ylang ylang and lavender.
These are just a few of my favorites. Other suggestions include vetiver, lemon balm, frankincense, chamomile and jasmine.
How to use them? Here’s a few ways to get started:
- add a few drops to a diffuser
- put a few drops on some aromatherapy jewelry like this one here
- add them to a warm bath or foot soak
- rub them directly onto your skin (use a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin)
- some can be taken internally as well
Do you have any tips or tricks for dealing with anxiety and panic attacks?