Aromatherapy for Anxiety and Stress

Aromatherapy for anxiety and stress relief helps you take the edge off your frayed nerves when tension and worry get the best of you. They add a touch of pleasure to otherwise difficult moments while providing real relief.

Let's face it, we all have times when life seems to spiral out of our control and we need a little help.

You know the signs. You feel apprehensive and have trouble focusing. You sigh a lot, sweat, breathe fast, get dry mouth or have palpitations. Your muscles feel tense and you feel like running away or to the toilet. These are just a few signals from your body telling you that you are in stress fright mode.

At times like these essential oil anxiety and stress blends may be just what you need to help you calm down and relax. What's great about aromatherapy stress relief is that you can keep your favorite oil handy for on the spot help or go all out and treat yourself to a relaxing bath or massage.

Essential oils for anxiety include: basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, geranium, lavender, lemon, neroli, orange, petitgrain, rose, ylang ylang and sandalwood.

When deciding on aromatherapy for anxiety and stress, choose single oils or blends depending on your needs and scent preferences.

Since your goal is relaxation, choose oils that elicit the 'ahh response' when you inhale. If you don't like the aroma, it will make you feel more stressed, regardless of what the profile says.

If you are not experienced at blending, stick with single oils or follow one of the easy aromatherapy recipes below. Blends are also readily available from reputable sources.

Tips for Using Aromatherapy for Anxiety

There are three ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy for anxiety and stress relief -inhalation, massage, and warm baths.

Always use real essential oils for anxiety, stress and other health concerns, not fragrance oils, which have no therapeutic effect .

Inhalation is great for quick relief.

When you inhale essential oils, the molecules immediately make their way to your brain via the olfactory nerve. They influence your brain to send calming signals to your nervous system and your body.

Lavender is a favorite for aromatherapy stress relief and has a special affinity for women. Use alone or in any blend you love. A super easy way to enjoy a quick inhalation break is to put a drop or two in the palm of your hands, rub them together, place over your nose and mouth and then inhale deeply and slowly from your cupped hands. An audible 'ahh' tells you the remedy is working to ease mind and body tension.

Easy Aromatherapy Recipes for Inhalation

  • "Aaahh" Blend - Combine 3 parts lavender to one part clary sage in a small vial. Roll between your palms to blend thoroughly. Store in a handy place out of the light. Use two or three times a day or as needed. For on-the-go relief, keep a small bottle in your desk or purse. A drop on a cotton ball stored in a baggie also does the trick.
  • Restful Sleep Spritz - Add several drops of you favorite calming oils to four ounces of pure water in a spritzer bottle. Add one or two drops of essential oil at a time until you have a concentration you enjoy.

Massage and essential oil anxiety blends go hand in hand.

For massage, add 4-8 drops of your favorite essential oil anxiety or stress blend to one ounce of jojoba or sweet almond carrier oil.

Carrier oils are good for your skin, dilute the essential oils and help them glide easily over your skin. Mix up your batch in an amber bottle (or clear bottle stored out of the light) so it is handy when you need it. Roll between your hands to blend. Do not massage with essential oils that are undiluted.

Before your massage, inhale the aroma from your hands. Massage your hands, including your fingers (to stimulate acupressure points) and the web between your thumb and forefinger. Massage your neck, jaw, and shoulders. Use a firm, yet gentle pressure that feels good. Notice the tension and feel it easing away. Keep your focus on the feeling of being massaged and your breath, not on what you are feeling anxious about.

Even better, warm the oil, lay down, and receive a slow, gentle back and shoulder massage from a loved one. Treat yourself to a professional aromatherapy massage. Feel your stress, tension and anxiety melt away.

Popular essential oils such as Roman chamomile, lavender, ylang ylang and marjoram do double duty for massage by relieving tension and calming emotional distress.

This floral, earthen, sweet, relaxing blend will appeal to men and women.

aromatherapy for anxiety and stress

Aromatherapy for anxiety and stress relief blends are often general remedies, Valerie Wormword provides more specific easy aromatherapy recipes for anxiety in her book, The Fragrant Mind.

  • For tense anxiety with muscle pain and bodily tension she recommends a blend of 10 drops clary sage, 15 drops lavender and 5 drops Roman chamomile.
  • For apprehensive anxiety with a sense of foreboding, worrying, and feeling paranoid she recommends a blend of 15 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Lavender, and 10 drops Geranium.
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Add six to ten drops of your favorite essential oil anxiety blend to warm water to soothe away the stresses of the day. The warm water also invites your muscles and mind to relax.

To supercharge the health effects of your bath, mix your essential oils into dead sea salts containing relaxing magnesium chloride and other minerals.

For further herbal support during times of anxiety and stress, use calming, balancing herbs for stress relief.

As part of a holistic approach, aromatherapy for anxiety provides pleasurable and effective help.  However, do not rely on essential oils alone to ease more than mild anxious feelings.  If you suffer from severe anxiety, you may have a medical condition. Please consult your health provider for assistance.

For an excellent source of quality essential oils and accessories, visit Mountain Rose Herbs by clicking on the image below.

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