How to use essential oils for anxiety
Anxiety is extremely common—yearly, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States, which is 18.1% of the population! Though anxiety is one of the most treatable mental illnesses, only 36.9% of those suffering with anxiety receive treatment, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety is most often treated with professional care through therapy where an individualized treatment plan will be developed and with medication, though some people choose to not treat anxiety with medication due to potential side effects. Even though anxiety is highly treatable, most people who experience anxiety do not receive treatment whether it is by personal choice due to stigma, barriers to care such lack of insurance or inability to afford therapy or even a lack of knowledge about treatment options. It is also very common for people who have anxiety disorders, or who experience anxiety but have not been formally diagnosed, to experience depression as well, since some of the symptoms can overlap. Although anxiety and depression are common mental health issues, untreated anxiety, or anxiety and depression, go untreated can be detrimental to mental and physical health and overall satisfaction with life. Problems don’t go away when you ignore them, so it is important to understand how to live with and manage mental health issues like anxiety.
Some people choose to forego professional anxiety treatments such as therapy and medication, and instead choose natural, alternative treatment methods that involve altering existing habits, creating new ones and ending bad ones. Aromatherapy is one alternative, holistic healing treatment commonly used to manage anxiety and stress. Aromatherapy is a common holistic practice that uses natural plant extracts to promote physical and emotional health and well-being. These plant extracts are known as essential oils, which have powerful aromas that when inhaled, can interact with the limbic system which controls functions such as memory, stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure. There are several essential oils that can be used individually or together as a blend to provide relief from anxiety and stress and promote a calm and relaxing mindset. Continue reading below to find out which essential oils can be used to manage anxiety and stress!
4 Essential oils for anxiety management
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) is a citrus oil that comes from the rind of the bergamot fruit and has a sweet citrus aroma. Bergamot is often used in perfumes, colognes and other personal care products, and it is the oil that gives Earl Grey Tea it’s flavor and aroma. Bergamot oil has several uses, but it is known most commonly for its calming, stress and anxiety reducing and mood-boosting abilities. Bergamot’s calming properties make it a helpful essential oil for those with anxiety because of its ability to affect the nervous system, helping to gently sedate the body and invoke relaxation. A 2011 study showed that inhaling bergamot essential oil had the ability to decrease blood pressure and heart rate of workers in a high-stress environment. Citrus oils are known for their mood-boosting abilities, due to their stimulating aromas, and another benefit of bergamot essential oil is its uplifting effects on a dampened spirit, feelings of stagnation and low confidence. Although one essential oil cannot be a cure-all for mental health issues, a 2017 study discovered that the inhalation of bergamot essential oil can prove to be an effective supplementary treatment to improve mental health and well-being in those suffering from mental health issues.
Mandarin Essential Oil
Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata) is another citrus oil that comes from the peel of the mandarin orange and has a sweet and tangy aroma. Like Bergamot oil, Mandarin is also used to flavor and aroma to food and beverages as well as personal care products. Aside from being used in consumer goods, mandarin oil is also used for its many health benefits including protecting wounds from infection, muscle spasm relief, improving blood circulation, and removal of toxins from the body to name a few. Mandarin oil can be an effective essential oil to use in aromatherapy as a treatment for the management of anxiety due to its calming abilities. Mandarin oil is also widely known for its potential to reduce the negative effects of daily stress and to promote feelings of contentment and well-being. Mandarin oil can help with relaxation because of its sedative properties—it has a calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system which reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety. Using mandarin essential oil for aromatherapy is also known to be an effective treatment for relieving nausea, which can be very helpful for those people who experience the psychosomatic symptoms of anxiety—which is when people experience psychological distress in the form of physical symptoms.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is sourced from the flowers and leaves of the geranium plant and has a sweet, floral aroma. Geranium oil has been used for its healing properties since the time of the ancient Egyptians—they used geranium oil to boost the radiance of skin, alleviate anxiety and improve mood. Geranium oil is still commonly used to promote physical and mental health and is known for its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent properties. Geranium oil is also used to find inner peace due to its regulating effect on the nervous system. 2017 study found that geranium essential oil is recommended as an easy to use intervention to reduce anxiety among patients who had recently suffered a heart attack. Geranium oil’s ability to calm nerves and lessen feelings of stress allows for the promotion of a positive and relaxed environment. Geranium essential oil can be helpful for rediscovering emotional strength and stamina, enhancing alertness and promoting higher energy levels—this strengthening of the emotional spirit can help someone manage anxiety and the overwhelming emotions that come from it and achieve a better state of mental health.
Lime essential oil (Citrus x aurantiifolia) is sourced from the peel of the lime fruit and has a tart and stimulating citrus aroma. Lime oil is full of antioxidants and other nutrients that can be used to treat and prevent infections, reduce fever, restore energy, and prevent signs of aging. Lime oil can be used as a method to manage anxiety and its symptoms because of its emotional benefits—the stimulating aroma can boost mood and the cleansing properties can promote emotional balance and well-being. Lime oil is also used for its ability to promote mental clarity and focus—its uplifting and invigorating aroma refreshes and uplifts mood and energy while repelling stress and anxiety. Having mental clarity and focus can make it easier for one to push out anxious and unwanted thoughts, enjoy life in the moment and achieve a calm, relaxed mindset. Lime essential oil can also be beneficial for people who experience depression along with anxiety because it is said to enliven a person’s appetite for life and escape from emotions such as despair and apathy. Lime oil’s cleansing properties can be applied to the spirit and cleanse someone of their negative energies so that positive energies can thrive.
The stress and anxiety-reducing benefits of bergamot, mandarin, geranium and lime essential oils can be achieved by inhaling directly with essential oil diffusers or aromatherapy inhalers, as well as by topical application when combined with a carrier oil. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should never be applied topically without being combined with a carrier oil—direct application can cause severe damage to skin. To inhale the essential oils directly, you can sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil onto a cloth or cotton ball and inhale as needed, use an aromatherapy diffuser to diffuse the essential oil into the air of a room, or use a personal aromatherapy device such as a MOXĒ Personal Aromatherapy Diffuser or Aromatherapy Inhaler.
MOXĒ Peace for Anxiety
Individually, Bergamot, Mandarin, Geranium and Lime essential oils are all effective oils for promoting a sense of relaxation and reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the power of their aromas can be even stronger when blended together. Bergamot, Mandarin and Lime are all citrus oils that complement each other, and the addition of the floral Geranium helps to balance out the citrus aromas. These four essential oils can be combined into a powerful blend that promotes relaxation and combats the effects of stress and anxiety.
MOXĒ Peace essential oil blend contains Bergamot, Mandarin, Geranium and Lime essential oils. We have done the hard work for you by combining these healing oils into an essential oil blend that promotes relaxation and repels the negative effects of stress and anxiety. MOXĒ Peace fosters relaxing and positive emotions to promote a sense of peaceful calmness that radiates throughout the body and spirit. MOXĒ Peace essential oil blend can be enjoyed in both MOXĒ Personal Aromatherapy Diffusers and Nasal Inhalers. MOXĒ Personal Aromatherapy Diffusers and Nasal Inhalers allow for fast and convenient inhalation of essential oils—the products are compact, portable and involve no messy oils!